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Posted on:2/28/14 9:05 AM
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When the "Inspired by the Movies" contest was announced I was kind of stumped.  I have made a zillion costumes based on movie characters, but the requirement for this contest is that the final result *not* be a costume.  Which is a clever twist but was not inspiring me so much.  I was trying to think of contemporary movies whose style I liked and was really coming up blank.  TV shows, yes.  But movies?  Nothin'.

Then I was thinking about the yellow skirt I had planned and what I would wear with it and suddenly a little tickle in my brain reminded me of one of my favorite movies of all time:  The Parent Trap.  I prefer the 1961 version, but I will tell you that I also own the Lindsay Lohan remake and like it almost as much.  I am not a purist.  Though it makes me sad to see her being cute and undrugged.

At any rate, I have watched this movie dozens if not hundreds of times, can recite every line along with the characters, still laugh when the cake gets stuck on the bird beak, and there it is in the middle:  Vicki's yellow suit with a silver top.  I love Maureen O'Hara's wardrobe, but have neither the hourglass figure nor the bullet bra to carry off her looks. But Joanna Barnes as Vicki?  That I can do.

I was inspired by her third outfit in the film, the Silver-and-Gold-Digger Outfit consisting of a yellow suit and a silver top.  I don't know if that is what the costume designer was trying to convey, but I think these should have been her signature colors.  She was blatant about what she wanted out of life and from Mitch, she should have worn it on her sleeve!  She carries a matching silver purse.  The only place I could get her matching yellow shoes(!!!) was in the tiny fuzzy shot from the back.

A yellow suit is a little much for my life, but a yellow skirt with a silver drapey top is just about right.  I went on a journey to find the right drapey top.  I didn't want to try to copy what she is wearing (not that you can see much of it), but to reimagine it for what a mid-level gold-digger might wear today (Mitch was wealthy, but he didn't seem *rich rich*).  I went with her method of alluring rather than showing off the goods, and adopted a very current silhouette in Simplicity 1805 (see several examples here) that a woman in the fashion know--who is slightly clueless about how very little men care about what might be fashionable if it isn't tight and short--might wear.

The skirt was a lot simpler to plan.  The pencil skirt hasn't changed much over the years!  Burda 07-2010-120 offered a nice version with the interesting dart variant.  I went with silver shoes instead of yellow--again, more current--and put on my best seductress face.  Luckily, I have a marketable skill and a good job because I am no better a seductress than she turned out to be.

You can see the full album here and the blog post that analyzes all of Vicki's wardrobe in the movie is here.
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Quickie said...
Lovely combination of colours
2/28/14 9:24 AM
caper81 said...
Neat idea for an "inspired by the movies" outfit!:) I just loved the old "Parent Trap" movie with Hayley Mills!
2/28/14 11:05 AM
MrsCharisma said...
I think everyone should own a yellow skirt! I love the top...LOVE. Very beautiful contest entry too! Good luck! :)
2/28/14 11:24 AM
runmyworld said...
What a lovely little skirt! Great idea and great sewing. It fits perfectly.
2/28/14 11:48 AM
Mufffet said...
Cute outfit!
2/28/14 12:18 PM
crazygrad said...
Haven't you ever heard of a wonderful thing called boarding school? She was hilarious!
2/28/14 1:10 PM
sewcrazee said...
great outfit!
2/28/14 2:12 PM
mnitts said...
Love your colours. Very cute.
2/28/14 2:38 PM
AnneM said...
Very nice, I like your take on the contest. Nice outfit, but I particularly love the top; I might have to copy that. :)
3/1/14 6:38 AM
JEF said...
3/1/14 7:10 AM
Sewingmi said...
Great outfit, and so much fun to read your review!
3/1/14 8:29 AM
bjird said...
You look great in that skirt. Love your shoes, too.
3/1/14 1:59 PM
Mollymax said...
Really nice, updated, and very wearable adaptation!
3/2/14 1:25 AM
Margaret said...
Great outfit! I love how you used the Parent Trap inspiration!
3/7/14 8:50 AM
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