Thursday, July 7, 2011

Teach me how to Dougie, Teach me, Teach me how to Dougie...

Peace Y’all!!!!

I’m exuberant and excited. I gotta tell y’all about this blouse and why I’m so over the top about it and possibilities. It feels good to get excited about and look forward to something again.

I have never been big on copy catting someone else’s style. I will look at what it is I admire about someone and then bring those elements into my own personal style. I’m Serenity! Not a carbon copy of anyone else. Well… Michelle Obama changed that for me for awhile. I love her flavor and plan to bootleg her style. And… I ain’t shamed.

Before I get started, I just want to share with you why ‘Shelly O’ is my shero… (1) She is educated. I am educated, but it has always been hard for me to find Black female mentors because of the inherent distrust that comes along with achievement in the Black community. I don’t know why it is like this and at this stage of my life I don’t even care. I’m just making Knowledge Born that it exists. But our 1st Lady is Ivy leagued educated and returned to her home to aid her community. Even if only for a minute. Most folks get the degree, the position, the money (and for men, the white woman) and totally forget where they came from. And I’m not saying that that is a bad thing. No. You work hard for a degree. It ought to afford you the life you want. But it’s really cool to encourage and show folks how you did it. Some people won’t be exposed to the process any other way.

(2) She is dark skinned and married to the 1st Black president of the United States of America! Yeah Baby! I’m of a certain age, and I have always had the expectation of a Black president in my lifetime. When folks my age say else wise, I look at them like really? But I would have bet a paycheck that that said man (no I didn’t think the 1st Black President was going to be a Black woman. The world ain’t ready for that yet.) would have a white or at least a high yella wife. Be honest. You know what I mean…. There is a lot to like about President Obama, but I like his choice in spouses and them chocolately brown girl babies.

(3) This one is really stupid but it holds so much water with me…. FLOTUS doesn’t always wear pantyhose! Yay!!!!!!!! I hate panty hose. I don’t get why folks deem them so professional. Is it professional to have your legs be some other color, itch and run all over the place? It is professional to have to listen to the panty hose switch, have them twist and puddle around your ankles and have to smell them burning? Really? My mother used to give me the business about arriving bare legged to church on a hot summer day. Another thing is she would clown me about wearing a color that was a direct match to my legs. Mommie said that people would not know that I had them on. My mother also said I should ere on the light side. I’m French coffee, but she says I need to be wearing nude. WTF! I know. My mama has issues. But now that Mrs. Obama doesn’t wear stockings everywhere… She even wears shorts! My mother has changed her position on the hose torture.

(4) She is a soror. Yes she took it honorary, but she took it. She didn’t have to. I’m quite sure every Black sorority offered it to her. SkeeWee!

(5) Michelle Obama did the Dougie! ‘Nuff said!

Speaking of the Dougie, she was wearing a yellow top that had me hot and bothered. I tried to locate the manufacturer of said top but was unsuccessful. So… I got skills…. I made my OWN version of the coveted top. Here is the inspiration…..

Here is my version……

I used McCalls 6277. That’s a dress pattern but I shortened it to a blouse. I cut a 22 because the 22 was already cut. It was too big when I posted about this pattern on 4/12/11, and it’s even bigger now. I have been dieting. But it’s okay. I wanted it blousey. But I will cut the pattern smaller before I use it again. The neck is very loose and shows my bra a bit. The top has these fin type sleeves. I only used 1 because that is how the M.O.’s top looked. Mrs. Obama had hers on the right arm but I put mine on the left. I am experiencing a bad eczema flare up on my left arm and don’t want to show it off. The right arm is a little less affected. I used cotton with flower relief and glittery stitching. I’m a be honest. That’s what they had in Joanns. I went a few places and could find the exact fabric- yellow almost fluorescent yellow-green. It’s fine. I don’t feel like I settled. Since M6277 is a dress, it called for a zipper on the sides. It doesn’t really allow you to put anything on the back. So I added 5 buttons for closure on the finned side. But the blouse is so big I didn’t them. In the future if I need 5 yellow buttons I will take them off this garment. It’s so loose I can pull it over my head. All and all, I like and am satisfied with my new top.

Now that I have boolegged one of her outfits, I feel completely free to bootleg all of them. And I’m thinking my sewing will reflect that in the future.

Thank you Mrs. Obama!!!!!