It’s time for another Literary Sewing Circle instalment! Melanie over at Following the Thread is hosting another great read-and-sew-along based on the book The New Moon’s Arms by Nalo Hopkinson. The book takes place on an island in the Caribbean and our hapless, middle-aged protagonist has a bit of a drunken night on the beach, and ‘misplaces’ her pencil skirt.
I’ve been meaning to make a pencil skirt for a while, and this cotton-elastane woven fabric I bought in June calls to mind a Caribbean sunset with its water-washed colours of sand, blue, pink and lavender. Perfect!
I used the Alberta Street Pencil Skirt pattern by Sew House Seven. I’m not normally a fan of patch pockets but I liked the angled style of these ones. I’m also particularly happy with my pattern matching on those pockets. The matching at the side and back seams is a little more, um, ‘flexible’, as the stripes aren’t stock-straight, so a perfect match was pretty much impossible. It’s funny; before I started sewing, matching stripes at the seams wasn’t something I ever noticed! Now I am silently judging those poor wearers of badly matched ready-to-wear stripes. SO happy to have another excuse to be a snob! lol
In the book, Calamity, the aptly-named main character, is starting menopause which seems to trigger her supernatural “finding” ability — previously lost items literally drop from the sky whenever she has a hot flash. I *LOVE* this idea of menopause bringing superpowers. And I mean superpowers OTHER than invisibility, which can hardly be considered a superpower when it happens to every middle aged woman, amirite? (I mean, seriously, I’m getting used to my new invisibility powers but two summers ago when a delivery man on the street catcalled me? Twenty years ago I would’ve been indignant. Now? I silently fist-pumped to myself and considered it the best thing that had happened to me all week. Sad. So sad. lol)
I’m also wearing a Style Arc Lotti top. Not particularly in love with this one but it goes well with the skirt.
I don’t often calculate how much an outfit cost me but I’m genetically programmed such that getting a good deal produces a lot of dopamine in my brain (did I tell you my parents will drive across town to save 20 cents on cheese?), so let’s break this one down:
- pencil skirt pattern: about $18 CAD
- Lotti top pattern: on sale for $6; sewed two tops from it so let’s make it $3
- skirt fabric: on sale for $5/meter; used about 1m = $5
- top fabric: on sale for $3/meter; used about 1/2 a meter = $1.50
Grand total: $27.50! My parents would be proud. lol
Check out those sunburned legs! I’m not so good at wielding a can of spray sunscreen before a day of beach volleyball, apparently. Missed a few spots.
Have you read The New Moon’s Arms? If you’re a fan of magical realism (which I am — magic, get in my life!) you might find it an enjoyable read. It might even convince you that mermaids are real! I recommend it for an easy summer read, with just the right amount of social commentary to keep it from being *too* easy.
Thanks so much for stopping by!