As sure as Kilimanjaro rises like Olympus above the Serengeti...I really like the song Africa by 80's band Toto, sorry not sorry. Though in reality, I imagine the open space here in Colorado is nothing like the grasslands in Africa, though one day I'd like to say I had seen both. Safari anyone?
I had made a skirt out of this same soft green twill last summer, but it had several problems. The waistband stretched out (I had forgotten to put twill tape in to avoid this), the hem was shorter than I would normally like, and the hem stitches were quite visible. I did try to save it by Frankenstein-ing it into something new, but that project ended up in the trash. Luckily Joanns still carries this very safari worthy twill, so I got some more and created this skirt instead. Instead of a full circle skirt like I had made last year, this new version is an A-line with some mustard colored top-stitching. I'd still like a twill circle skirt, but perhaps in a darker green color next time. I almost put pockets on this skirt, but I think I'll make another safari skirt with a button down center front and pockets later this summer. One can never have too much safari-ish clothing after all!
How about these shoes though?! They are the Gibson Edwardian heels from the ever amazing American Duchess in the color Tan/Brown, and let me tell you...I already want another pair in black! These are seriously sunning shoes, which is what I have come to expect from American Duchess products in general. The color is perfect, the pointed toe somehow doesn't make my (large) feet look gigantic, and the curved heels are so elegant! I bought them to wear with my currently-in-progress Edwardian adventuress costume, but I will certainly be wearing them with all kinds of other stuff too as I think they look great for later periods too. I wore this ensemble and the heels out shopping all afternoon and the shoes were super comfortable, only beginning to pink my toes a tiny bit after a few hours, and only because this was their first wearing! (I imagine the leather will form to my feet a bit more, solving this problem soon) I can't wait to get another pair of AD shoes, I am eyeing a pair of 18th century shoes next for my upcoming birthday :) I know I will be going a bit $crazy$ when the Royal Vintage shoe line comes out at the end of the summer/next fall too, I already want one of everything based on the teases Lauren has shared on social media <3
Till then I'll just be breaking in my lovely new Gibsons, and what a lovely task that is indeed :)
Skirt: Made by me
Shoes: American Duchess