This outfit was born with a heatwave – three years ago- Port Fairy. That was the year I thought I had cleverly combined a Christmas holiday at the beach with cooler than usual temperatures and less humidity. The perfect holiday. Something for everyone.The added bonus for me was that I would have 10 days less of Sydney humidity to endure that Summer.
There was only one fly in the ointment.
Port Fairy was struck by a heatwave that year. It arrived the same day I did! For memory, temperatures reached 40 and it was just unbearable….and unusual.
To make matters worse, I didn’t have anything cool enough to wear….’cool’ as in temperature, that is (come to think of it, ditto the other meaning of cool, too). I had plenty of clothes but nothing suitable for heatwave conditions…..apart from my nightie. I was pretty desperate and thought I’d have to spend the whole week driving around in the air conditioned car …….just to get home alive.
And then something happened. I found this outfit………. and my life changed….for the next 3 years!
And yes I am smiling in this shot because this find was something like finding the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. It was cool, comfortable, decent, could be dressed up or dressed down, was light and easy to wash etc etc etc. And so, I lived in it for the rest of the holiday. I was truly liberated by this outfit……..let out of the air conditioned car…not just for the holiday but for the next 3 years.
Incidentally, it cost an arm and a leg. But I was in no bargaining position in that weather. I would have paid anything to be comfortable. I needed that outfit.
Now here’s the thing. I have literally lived in this outfit since the day I bought it. I mean literally. I have worn it more than any other garment I have ever owned because not only was it cool but it was pretty and very sympathetic to weight fluctuations. I always looked the same whether I was up ……or more up. And in fact I wore it and Napisan-ed it so many hundreds of times that even the patches I mended it with have now worn out too. It has therefore been relegated to ‘around the house and can even cook in it’ status. And that’s a problem for me because I cannot function without it.
Enter Nowra Spotlight, a 40% off all fabrics sale, a Spotlight gift voucher for Christmas and the Tessuti Ruby pattern and I have reinvented the Port Fairy heatwave buster.
I made a few modifications to the Ruby top. I wanted it to be a little more fitted around the bust so I added darts. I also omitted the back opening – it fits easily over the head.I simplified the neck and armhole detail because the focus of this outfit is the fabric which is a beautiful embroidered cotton.
The skirt is a deliciously comfortable elastic waist…….narrow elastic and fairly loose.
The end result?
To say I am thrilled would be a gross understatement. I have my uniform back so I can now sail through the February and March humidity in relative comfort. And I actually think I will get more than 3 years wear out of this one because the fabric is of a beautiful quality.
On a completely different topic……..well maybe a bit related because it was a holiday read, I cannot stop thinking about this compelling story. As a huge Jimmy Barnes/Cold Chisel fan I was interested in the historical aspect of how the band came into existence. I thought this might provide context for some of the lyrics. But I wasn’t nearly prepared for what I read. This is a very sad and disturbing story about a boy, who against incredible odds, survived an horrific childhood. And yet, Jimmy Barnes didn’t just survive. He achieved phenomenal success as an Australian rock icon, in spite of his childhood…or maybe because of his childhood. Either way, its an inspirational story about what one can achieve by listening to the heart and focusing on the vision.
Have a good weekend and happy Australia Day, next week.