Saturday, 20 October 2012

Frosting, or Cake?

When Steph announced the Frosting Fortnight, my reaction was, basically, “I won’t participate because of practical obstacles.” One of those being the fact that constant travelling between home and school with a backpack is not conductive to wardrobe experiments.
But it must have been lurking in my subconsciousness, because these are the pieces I was wearing to school this week:

Well, compared to the black corduroy trousers and black wrap cardi of last week, this is definitely frosting.

Sweater – clothes exchange (the same old, same old)
Blue T-shirt underneath – thrifted
Skirt – thrifted (80% wool and velvet trimmings!)
Stockings – from a shop in Brno
Boots – thrifted
Silk scarf - thrifted

The boots and the skirt both come from a thrift shop in my hometown; it’s a small shop, full to the brim and then some. The lack of personal, or really any, space makes it very difficult to search for clothes; but all in all, the majority of my thrifted favourites come from there.
The skirt, though shorter, is a replacement of the one I’m sewing the spencer from now. It’s the skirt’s first outing; I bought it sometime this spring, but the lining had to be shortened (it kept peeking out) and then it was too warm for a thick, 80% wool skirt.
I actually pulled this together on Sunday, and wore it to an editorial board meeting of the youth magazine I volunteer for, and to church. So, technically, this is my “Sunday Best”; only I’m wearing it in the week, too.

But the idea of “Sunday Best” connected to the idea of “frosting” makes me wonder.
“Sunday Best” could be the special occasion clothes that are extremely uncomfortable and you hate wearing. Thankfully, that was never my case.
Or it could, simply, be special occasion clothes, the best you have.
There’s nothing wrong, per se, in wearing special occasion clothes to church. It’s an occasion that requires a certain level of, let’s say, respect.
But “frosting” is special occasion clothes.
“Sunday Best” is “frosting”.
Is going to Sunday service frosting?
In my opinion, and in my personal experience, it’s rather the cake that everything else in the following week should be built on. Is it?

This takes me to another thing. I’m beginning to agree with the parts of the world that begin their weeks with Sundays. You see, in the Czech Republic, Sunday is the end of the week. The end of the weekend.
In some ways, that’s a good way to do it: the weekend is really a week’s end, for one thing.
But in other ways, it’s completely wrong. It makes Sunday into an end of something instead of the new beginning it really is. And I am afraid that very often, for people in the church, Sunday is just a frosting at the end of the week, instead of the cake, the basis, the hope for the week to come. Many times, it has been so for me.
(This Sunday’s sermon was on the stone of Ezer in 1 Sam 7, the markers we make in time to make sense of it and remember the good things that have happened. And it was, clearly, another thing lurking in my subconsciousness.)
But as the calendar above proves, my church actually also prefers to ignore the Czech standard and to begin the week with Sunday.

I said (in a comment at MrsC’s blog) that I am not a cupcake girl. It’s true. It’s important.
Because while the Frosting Fortnight is being advertised with this blog button...

Frosting Fortnight

... my cake looks like this and the frosting is sweetened with honey.

This is not a critique of cupcakes and pink frosting. It’s just an attempt to explain why my frosting takes the form it does.

(Though it fails to explain why I am seized by an urge to make an 1840s evening gown for a Wild West themed January ball I learned about on Sunday. I haven’t finished my other costumes yet and I can’t even dance...)


  1. But you know how easy it is to become "seized" with a new sewing idea, and to see your previous and unfinished projects fall by the wayside (hopefully, temporarily)! You will probably get back to your other costumes, right?? :)

    I love your skirt, Hana! So, that's a velvet piece along the bottom? Lovely, and the whole outfit looks great.

    Your thought about Sunday is also right on.

    1. The ideas need to settle; and now that this one has, I realise I can actually easily make it work with already existing ideas... the OUATITW blouse outift - make the skirt more 1840s, pair it up with the blouse (at least now I have an incentive to finally make it!) and then make an 1840s bodice later if I still want to. Ta-da!
      Now to make it...

      Yes, there's a velvet ribbon running along the botoom, and another running along the top. It was one of those things that drew me to the skirt, together with the colours!

  2. I think your outfit is lovely! And I had no idea that Sunday is considered the end of the week where you live--I guess that's one of the things that I've just taken for granted as an American. Great thoughts on that, though.

    I thought long and hard about the Frosting Fortnight, because I love the idea. But when faced with a stretch of about two weeks where I'm barely even home, between the usual work commitments and a sudden deluge of potential wedding vendor meetings, I just couldn't realistically add one more thing to my plate. (Besides, I kind of feel like I'm already doing a low-key version of it, with my little closet challenge thing.)

  3. It's one of the things I had taken for granted before I encountered the Western system...

    I'm now sort of participating in the Frosting Fortnight; my purpose is to look through my wardrobes and see what I can do about the things that do not get worn so often. And rethink my dressing style; because I tend to dress slacky and repetitious when cold weather hits, and I don't want that. I LIKE wearing fun things; I just don't have the habits to do so all year round.
    So, for example, instead of throwing on my beloved Indian shawl this time, I wear my beloved silk scarf.