“Oh, I KNOW you have something to wear.”
“I wish I could make myself something, you are so lucky”.
Believe it or not, as fashion savvy as people seem to think I am, designers have fashion emergencies as well. In my case, my problems are increased with the ability to sew, further expanding my options and owning a fabric store doesn’t help much either.
Like everyone else, more often than not, I usually wait until the last minute to dress myself for an event, spending way too much time floating between closets trying to pull something together and still look ‘effortlessly chic’.
A few weeks ago, I was invited to a Old Hollywood Themed 40th birthday party of a high school class mate. I knew what I was going to wear- in my head, but as days approached and time passed, I was pressed.
A few partygoers asked my ‘advice’ on their attire, adding,”What are you going to wear?, I know the fashionista (supposedly me) will be fabulous.”
I can dress anyone in any occasion or situation, but when I have to dress myself, 9 times out of 10, I don’t have a clue.
This time I had an idea, a design, but no time, most importantly, no fabric.
Think, Drue, think….
A few months back, my mother gave me a creme silk pinstriped suit. I loved the fabric and the blue and navy stripes. That suit kept in my thoughts since it was way too big for either one of us and stripes was what I was leaning towards for my Old Hollywood look. It was a great suit, and I hated to cut it up….
All I had to do was take the suit apart, cut out my vest and pants and sew it back together. easy, right? That was on Thursday, the party was Saturday.
The first rip confirmed my initial thoughts. The suit was well constructed and would have been great for a suitable wearer. By the time I finished ripping the pants apart, I realized I forgot to tell my mother of my plans.
Oh well, I will just show her pics.
Soon, in between clients, I was able to crank out a fitted peplum vest with back tie detail and pants. Channeling a little Kathryn Hepburn and Marlene Dietrich, I added a white tuxedo shirt and cuff links, made a navy tie (which I tied like a bow tie, for that floppy effect), and a pair of navy blue patent peeped toes pumps.
Yes, I was fashionably late to the party, but, the ensemble carried me through a fun event and kept my fashion reputation in place, once again. Rather late, than ugly, right????