Thank you to everyone who weighed in on my sleeve dilemma. Based on the feedback I got here and from friends on Facebook, I felt overwhelming support to make this top sleeveless. Which was great, because that saved me the trouble of making and attaching sleeves. So double thanks for giving me an excuse to be lazy!
This fabric is so fabulous. It's been aging in my stash since I bought it on my trip to SFO in 2009. The print is kind of edgy mod. It makes me think of this:
Which in turn reminds me of this:
Debbie really rocks that black and white look. Style-wise, the MTV article where I found these photos said of her, "she can look badass while looking sweet and NEVER appearing costumey." That's no mean feat. I'm a petite woman who uses a wheelchair--I get saddled with the "sweet" expectation by strangers all the time. Meanwhile, I and those who know me well, know the truth: I am actually badass. But dressing badass can come across as costumey, because unsuspecting people perceive me as too sweet for that. (Oh please.) Debbie, I could learn so much from you!
It would be awesome to have the gorgeous gams to wear shorts like Debbie's. But I don't. What I do have is nice arms (on display sans sleeves). And a small waist (highlighted by the peplum). And a sewing machine.