Thanksgiving, the day most come together to eat (a lot), drink (yes please) and watch football (ugh eye roll, joke). For me Thanksgiving is so much more, I am a first generation born American; my parents are from the glorious island of Haiti and embraced this holiday.
My mommy especially loved it; it combined all the elements of happy for her:
family, food and gratitude
and Oh LAWD it was a production.
Picture growing up in Brooklyn, NY and my family’s house with opened doors for all to come through, to eat, share and and show Thanks. We lived in a close knit West Indian and Latin neighborhood. We didn’t do just turkey… PUHLEASE! On the table : jerk and curry chicken, beef, pork pernil, fried and boiled plantains, seafood dishes & at least 5 different rice and beans versions; PLUS oh yes the macaroni au gratin (for your regular folks mac and cheese but our kicked up Haitian version). Music saturated the streets of Stephen’s Court and laughing could be heard all the way to Alexanders (old clothing store). Like I said a PRODUCTION LOL, and as such the attire/outfits had to be top-notch.
For my parents that meant suits for my brothers and a dress for me. Gahd almighty it was the bee’s knees of dresses lol. Pink (always pink), floral, lace tulle, ruffles, silk, satin and bows all in ONE dress (I was a hot mess tee-hee) and huge twists and or curls in my hair with a bow (I was the Black Nellie Oleson).
Well, the production has not stopped and actually means more since my mommy is gone. The table is still straining with the weight of the 3 days of prep and cooking, music and laughter are still familiar sounds. The outfits have less frills but still carry a punch.
This year I have a few different looks to start the holiday season (at home, church, dinner, Friendsgiving and woohoo black Friday shopping).
The at home outfit is the October dress from George and Ginger, it’s a fast sew and comfortable and makes a statement especially if you color-block or use different prints and fabric bases. I used double brushed poly (dress) and French terry (cowl/shrug) all from Twisted Needle Textiles.
My next look *ahem outfit change* is for Thanksgiving Mass and for that I went with the newly released Made for Mermaids Noelle dress. I wanted something classic and vintage, something my mom would have worn and just SLAYED in. The collar of the dress is the showstopper and this print from Boho Fabrics is an inspired 1940’s Dior (yes hunty DIOR dahling) look. The scuba knit allows great twirling (yes I checked and made myself dizzy spinning) ability but the weight of it also allows for some warmth (because let’s be real despite it being Pennsylvania and cold I was NOT going to ruin the wow effect with a raggedy coat lol).
Eating at Home
Now the fun part: eating (yum yum nosh nosh nosh lol), you get the idea. I went with a more casual and figure friendly outfit (the one that would camouflage my extra helpings of stuffy and yes the macaroni au gratin (because its all about the sides for me lol ). I made the George and Ginger Dolman dress that is included in the Tie Me Up Belt pattern and used the most scrumptious of fabric bases (bamboo lycra, I truly feel when you enter the heavenly gates your wings are made from bamboo lycra). The print (frosty) and marbled and just so pretty it was on pre-order from Blended Thread Fabrics and will be available for retail in a few weeks.
Friendsgiving and Black Friday
Next, the Friendsgiving/Black Friday outfit. I have a friend that opens their doors and heart and gathers a bunch of us together to have dessert, drinks and for the foolish and bargain shoppers a place to stash our kiddos so we can hit the store(s) for shopping (55’ TV for $239 yes chyle I will stand in line for 6 hours lol).
I picked the Avenir Jumpsuit from Friday Pattern Co to make and wear, it can be made in woven and knit and for this look I went with both. I made the top in navy scuba knit from Spun Honey Fabrics and made the bottom of it in woven with this outrageous print from Blended Thread that will be available for retail in a few weeks. I wanted an outfit that would have tongues wagging.
I love that it’s a jumpsuit and I wasn’t afraid to show all my curves and rolls, because it’s me and I came to SLAY & NOT PLAY, SO #effyourbeautystandards.
I hope you all enjoyed my fashion journey with me and what I hope your take away from this is: be you, make a production in being thankful, embrace colors, different fabric bases, new patterns and be ready to TURN IT OUT on Turkey day.
Blessings and happy Holidays.