Friends, real fast -- this year's MPB Dayis scheduled for Saturday, August 11. Don't forget to put it on your calendars; I'll be sharing all the details very soon!
And now today's theme: it's been hot here in the USA. So hot, in fact, that it sometimes feels like we're living on a desert isle...perhaps even an uncharted desert isle.
Who better to provide style tips for these sultry days than the seven stranded castaways from Gilligan's Island? As a child, I loved Gilligan's Island. It's one of those old Sixties TV shows that, frankly, don't hold up very well, but the fashions were fabulous and the characters so well-defined that, whether you were a square (but studly) professor, a millionaire, or a movie star, there was somebody you identified with.
When I discovered this morning that you can actually purchase ready-made Gilligan's Island costumes, I realized that something was very wrong with our world. I mean, how lame is this?
Wouldn't it be easier -- and more fun -- to sew your own?
The patterns are so easy to find. Let's start with the guys. For Gilligan, you can't beat this. It's perfect!
For the Professor and the Skipper, straight leg pants and traditional button down shirts...
Be sure to toss in a few tropical separates -- that blue one is so Skipper!
Now onto the gals. The women on the island looked great -- absurdly so, in fact -- and were so iconic that the Ginger vs. Mary Ann meme has survived nearly fifty years. Who wouldn't want to look like Ginger? Well, friends, it's not hard. We want a narrow fitted gown, preferably done up in a leopard print or something glittery.
Mary Ann is all about polka dots and cute midriff tops. Don't forget the pigtails!
Of course the girls need bathing suits, and the bikinis must be cut exactly like underwear for true period accuracy.
The Howells are easy: he gets cardigans, ascots, and a smoking jacket; she gets muu-muus and big hats. And pearls!
Readers, have I forgotten anything? Oh, yes!
In closing, three questions:
1) If you had to dress like one of the Gilligan's Island castaways, who would it be?
2) Who was the hunkiest male on the island?
3) If not Gilligan's Island, which TV show has had the most influence on your personal style?
Don't forget to throw your hat in ring for the Vogue Patterns giveaway and remember to save the date for MPB Day on August 11th!
Have a great weekend, everybody, stay cool, and beware those three-hour tours!
I'm a native New Yorker and self-taught sewing fanatic! I've been sewing obsessively since 2009 and today make all my own clothes using mostly vintage patterns and vintage sewing machines. Welcome to the warm and whimsical world of Male Pattern Boldness, where the conversation is sewing, style, fashion, fabric, and more!