But to get to the present, we need to go in the "way-back machine" for a bit.
Let's float back in time to when life was a little easier and Project Runway was just getting started for the season. Remember when Tim Gunn was put out of his element?
"I'm still not sure who to sue over this complete breach of footwear."
It was Episode 3 and hopes were still high for a good season. It was the surf-wear challenge and I was really into this outfit by Irina & Johnny:
"Aren't I easy-breezy beautiful Covergirl in this outfit?
Oops - wrong model show."
I loved the causal-ness about it. Loved the top. Skirt looked fun and flouncy and light. And the macrame (in the back not shown) is beautiful looking. LOVE IT!
Well, my friend, Lauren, who is also a Project Runway enthusiast, bought this outfit during the online auction. We were so excited!! Happy fists! (Tangent: the site said it would take 6-8 weeks to deliver. In short: LIES! It took 3908432049 years. Okay, not that long, but she bought it in September and it JUST got here. You do the math. Even that new public school math. Either works.)
So Lauren showed up TODAY with the outfit and said: "Why don't you put it on?" I almost died. AHHHH! Super-duper excited dork fists! My inner Tim Gunn swooned and said: "MAKE IT WORK!"
"Thank goodness there's not a runway in my apartment.
I want a couch. Not a runway. A couch."
Ladies and gentlemen... I give you Johnny and Irina's outfit as interpreted by a gal (me) who is not 6' tall nor a size 0 or 2. Voila...
Matilda: "Now I understand why Nina Garcia looks pissed all the time. Woof."
I have a few things to say about this outfit (other than, "Jennifer Eolin should never wear this!!"):
1) My arms are too "fat" to fit in the sleeves. So I (desperately) had to make them into a jaunty scarf/handkerchief combo. Yiiiikes.
2) Okay, so I enjoyed Thanksgiving a little bit, SHUUUUUUP!
3) The skirt weighs 39084309438039483 pounds and adds a ton of bulk to my midsection, which seems to be creating bulk just fine on its own. (See item #2)
4) OMG. Even Matida, in her adorable pink hoodie, is horrified and listed herself on Petfinder as "up for adoption."
"So," you may be asking yourself, "can it get any worse?" Oh yes, dear blog reader, why yes it can....
"Buuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuh. Does this make my bottom look big?"
WOW. I'm a size 4, people. (Okay, maybe on the cusp of a size 6 [no] thanks to Thanksgiving!) But other than some awesome calf muscles (squee!), this outfit, no matter the fit, is a miss. NOBODY needs this much skirt. And the hem is weird - it's shorter in the back than front (which us biddies look at as a bad thing).
But here... because I'm not totally done humiliating myself....
"BABY GOT BACK (FAT)!"
Sigh.............. I look like a tied up pork roast. (Which actually doesn't all together horrify me - mmm, bacon!)
But in the spirit of Tim Gunn, I make one more attempt to make this work...
"I can hear Kojii, Katie and Fatma laughing at me from here..."
So then, because I'm a spiteful wench, I made my friend, Lauren, put it on. Now. People. I must warn you. Lauren is very ugly. VERY UGLY. So keep that in mind when looking at her:
"Thank goodness I have a wonderful personality."
I warned you! HIDEOUS, right???
She's a size 2 for real, so the skirt fits her better, but still, it's got so much bulk in it. And she had to struggle to get her pin thin arms in those sleeves (which honestly could double as a blood pressure cuff). But then she turned around and well let's just say things got worse:
"I can't 'smize' with my butt."
In short, neither of us liked this outfit in the back. Bubble butts for sure. No matter the (awkward) pose. But we both agree that the macrame in back is truly beautiful (when not stretched to the max over my back fat):
"See, this is what it should look like.
Maybe Jennifer should lay off the bacon..."
So then for kicks, Lauren tried it on with her jeans just to see if it was better without the skirt:
Lauren does her best impression of the balloon
man outside the local cell phone store.
STILL WIDE. The hips are wide due to the way the band at the bottom has a double layer of fabric. If it was a single layer, it wouldn't lay as bulky. Oh sure, neither Lauren and I are the "correct size" for this garment, but still. Anybody over a size 00 needs just a single layer of fabric. And shorter sleeves. Seriously.
But some points of interest on the garment, since it's sold "as is" are the damages that come with it:
Lauren's armpit is now SAG eligible.
Who's fault is this? Steamer? Double sided tape?
I can only imagine what Johnny and Irina would say after seeing this blog:
Johnny: "I hate Jennifer Eolin."
Irina: "Me too."
Logan (off-screen): "ME THREE!"
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