New Sierra Hillbilly Visitation Outfit!
The Visitation Outfit Committee is delighted to tell you that the club has
spoken! A new visitation outfit was voted on at our General meeting on
February 19, 2004.
Thanks to the efforts of the committee members, there were 5 wonderful
outfits to choose from! After 2 rounds of voting, a black and white gingham
apron option offered by Gwen Kofnovec was the final selection. The new outfit
consists of the following pieces:
- Black-and-white gingham apron
- Solid black skirt (of your choice)
- Solid white blouse (of your choice)
- Black or white pouffy
The men have their choice of two options:
White western shirt with black-and-white check gingham yoke and tie
Or White western shirt with black-and-white gingham vest and tie.
Either option is to be worn with jeans (preferably black).
A pattern for the apron and tie will be available at the next few dances,
with tracing paper available for you to make a copy. Instructions for
assembly of the apron will also be available. Ladies may use a 5 or 7 gore
apron, based on their needs. The committee feels that the apron looks best
when it goes all the way around the skirt. Some ladies may also wish to
lengthen the gores for the apron,
depending on their height. If you need assistance with this, please see Laura
If you wish to make the man's vest, please use a simple vest pattern with
rounded corners, such as McCall's pattern #8285.
Here are the estimated lengths of fabric for the pieces:
- approximately 1 1/3 yards 1/4 inch black and white gingham
- approximately 8 1/6 yards "Radiance" large hole white eyelet
- approximately 4 yards each of 1/4 inch satin ribbon, black and white
- interfacing, if desired
- approximately 1 2/3 yards 1/4 inch black and white gingham
- approximately 10/1/2 yards "Radiance" large whole white eyelet
- approximately 5 1/3 yards each of 1/4 inch satin ribbon, black and white
- interfacing, if desired
*If you are unable to find this particular eyelet lace, please match it as
closely as you can. The eyelet is white, 2 1/2 inches wide, gathered and has
VERY LARGE (1/4 inch) eyelet holes.
- 1/3 yard 1/4 inch black-and-white gingham
- approximately 1 1/2 yards of 1/4 inch black-and-white gingham
- Will depend on the particular shirt you choose. It shouldn't be more than
1/2 to 2/3 yard if you are using a ready made shirt and replacing only the
yoke. The fabric is readily available at both Walmart
Joanns and was recently priced at $2.99 per yard.
The trim is available at Walmart and was recently
priced at $.75 per yard. I am working with the Stevensons
Ranch Walmart to see if I can get them to order a
large lot of the eyelet trim.
It was so very nice to see so many club members at the general meeting and
expressing an interest in the club's "official" appearance. MANY
THANKS TO THE COMMITTEE:
Gwen Kofnovec, Gay Emans, and Harry Fields.
Stitchingly yours, Laura Kelley, Committee Chairman
Here are Bob & Gwen wearing the winning outfit, one of two outfits she
presented at our Feb. General meeting. Gwen obviously has
her finger on the pulse of our club! She has been instrumental in designing
many of our past club outfits. Here are her comments:
"About l972, I worked on the committee that chose the Big Apple.
Always liked that one. Later I worked on the two committees that chose denim
with red-and-white polka dots and the denim with red-and- white gingham.
About l983, I showed (and it was chosen as the club outfit) the black dress
with black-andwhite gingham. Later, I worked on the
committee and showed the grey gingham and it was chosen as the club dress.
Seems like I have done a lot of sewing!!"
Way to go, Gwen! Thank you for all your hard work on our club outfits over
Help for Non-Sewers
Since our new club outfit calls for a black skirt and white blouse of your
choice, I thought you might be interested in the following information I
discovered in designing my teal outfit for the club's consideration:
I purchased my square dance clothes at Promenade
16210 12th Ave S.W., Curien, WA 98166-2810
I did it over the internet. Their email address is:
Toll free number is 800-342-6947.
They were very easy to deal with...the only call I made was to give them my
charge card number. They have pictures of their clothing on line...and I made
my selection from those pictures. The name of the lady was Ginny Lemmon.
--Gay Emans, New Outfit Committee, 2002-2003