Welcome WTW'ers! I'm Becca, seamstress here at Free Notion! I've been so excited for this bloggy assignment, because "sewing" meets "fashion" is pretty much what this blog is all about. But these days, my "fashion" inspirations have also got to be versatile. (After all, I've taken the Capsule Wardrobe pledge!) So my challenge here was equal parts "how can I make tailgate apparel fashionable?" and "how can I compile it from pieces I can wear in my daily preschool-pickup, gym-going, errand-running tasks?"
In the world of tailgate fashion, you can go the southern-sorority route of sundresses and pearls.......... or you can join the rest of the world in ripped jeans and hoodies. I've done both in my time, but neither really fit "me" anymore.
Don't get me wrong, I have hoodies and ripped jeans. But they've been demoted to yardwork purposes only. And I have sundresses (I think?) but wouldn't dare spoil my football viewing experience anticipating my own wardrobe malfunctions. Life's too short for constant reminders to "suck-it-in" and "tuck that bra strap!"
So I arced towards the comfortable option, but dressed it up a bit because that's how I roll:
First up in my tailgate attire recipe: The color palate. I'm a Steeler's fan, so that was a no brainer. Black and Gold! I threw in some grey and some white for contrast. But "Gold" is a bit BOLD. And using too much could get "themey" fast. So I picked up glitter vinyl for a tshirt decal.... and then decided to work in caramel and mustard colors by way of pleather trim on my vest, and these leopard print heels.
I LOVE this shirt. It's Love Notion's La Bella Donna with a scoop hem and 3/4 sleeves. It was such a fast sew, and this rayon blend knit is perfectly drapey. It feels AMAZING, and the decal totally makes me giggle. We sing this song a LOT around my house... especially on "Special Football Day."
I'm a huge fan of mixing textures, too. The pleather, glitter, slinky knit, and fur vest makes for a very tactile wearing experience. The vest pattern is a modified Swoon Scarf Neck cardi. It's a FREE pattern, that I hacked already for this anthropologie jacket hack. The addition of the back darts really nip this in to give me shape.
The pleather trim has been on my sewing bucket list since I saw this pin a few weeks ago, and I had just enough leftover from my London Backpack to make my way around my vest.
I could have totally paired this with jeans and played it safe, but I felt inspired to reimagine the sweatshirt-tailgate-cliche. So instead I opted for the True Bias Hudson joggers in a medium weight, black knit. I'm among friends here right, so you totally won't judge me when I tell you I've been living in these lately. This is my first attempt at dressing them up, but admittedly I still feel like I'm wearing pajamas. I'd love to hear your tips/tricks for styling these!
Thanks for checking out my tailgate attire! Check out the rest this tour has to offer:
Be sure to head over to Wild+Wanderful or Gardening in High Heels to check out the other brilliant bloggers, sewists and stylistas on the tour, as well as be able to link up your own looks and show us what you would Wear to Where!
Now let's talk giveaway prizes for this tour!!
For the sewists: Choice of 3 patterns from Cole's Creations, Choice of 3 patterns from Made for Mermaids, Pattern of choice from Patterns for Pirates, Pattern of choice from Scientific Seamstress, Sewing-tee of choice from Sewing Stadium, Pattern of choice from Simple Life Pattern Co, Pattern of choice from StitchArt
For the Fashionistas: Set of 6 cards from Designs by Nicolina, 30 minute Social Media/Copy Consult by Gardening in High Heels, Tee of choice from Handmade Escapade, $20 Store Credit from Jenny Penny Designs, Tumbler from Joy+Tren
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Cole's Creations | Designs by Nicolina | Gardening in High Heels
Handmade Escapade | Jenny Penny Designs | Joy+Tren
Made for Mermaids | Patterns for Pirates | Scientific Seamstress
Sewing Stadium | Simple Life Pattern Co | Stitch Art