Yes, after years of waiting for my big break, countless headshots, and strict diets, I've finally landed my first serious modeling gig for a professional designer.
That…that's sarcasm if you can't tell. Sorry, I probably could've kept that joke running for longer, but it was so ridiculous that I felt uncomfortable, lol. The real story is that I've got a friend, Terence, who just this summer has picked up sewing as a hobby. He texted me and asked if I would be willing to be the model for what he was making, so how could I refuse?
If I'm not mistaken, I think this skirt is the second complete piece Terence has made, and while I don't really know anything about sewing or technique, I must say, it's pretty impressive. Certainly better than anything I could've made! I can do buttons and maybe mend torn seams, but that's about the extent of my ability.
It was actually originally going to be a dress, but he unfortunately, he ran out of time trying to complete it. See, he really wanted me to wear it out for a show we were going to see in Cincinnati, but by the time Wednesday rolled around, all he had done was the skirt and some of the parts of the top. The judges on Project Runway might not have been impressed with his time management skills, but regardless, he managed to "make it work" (*prays for someone to laugh at that Tim Gunn joke*) by simply sewing and pinning the skirt until it was wearable on its own.
As for the styling of the outfit, that was actually a lot to do with Terence too. I brought several tops and jackets over while he was still sewing so we could figure out what would work best, and he chose this black dragon scale top out of all of the other pieces. And to be honest? I think he made the perfect decision.
The skirt is flowy and feminine, with this exquisite if slightly flashy pattern, so it contrasts nicely with the harsh, utilitarian look of the top. I call it my dragon slayer shirt, usually pairing it with similarly post-apocolytic-styled pieces , but it occurred to me as I was looking through my closet for something to complement the skirt that perhaps it could work as a juxtaposition piece as well. Terence evidently agreed, and we wound up with outfit consisting of a bright, tropical skirt, a dark, edgy top, and a belt with the sole purpose of hiding the pins holding the pleats together – perhaps one of the most interesting combinations I've ever worn.
And the whole outfit was a huge hit at our show! I got plenty of compliments on it (both the top and the skirt, sometimes together and sometimes individually), and with every comment, I was able to point to Terence and say "Actually, my friend here made it!" I think he was really pleased with the attention his work got – he's not really the type of guy who likes the limelight, but he's also hardly shy to some flattery.
Looks like that's it for today, so I’ll see you in the next one! Don’t forget to check me out on Pinterest, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr! For business inquiries, shoot me an email at email@example.com!
Shirt: Unknown (gifted)
Skirt: Terence Powell