“She looked liked art, and art was not supposed to look nice; it was supposed to make you feel something.”
This is a quote that Park, a high school sophomore, says about his friend/classmate Eleanor, in Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell. He obviously likes her and she likes him too. This was one of my favorite quotes in the book because I liked how Park didn’t like Eleanor simply for looks but for who she is and how she made him feel.
I read this book back in the sixth grade. I first saw it on the “New Best Sellers” for teens table at Barnes & Noble. I know you’re not supposed to judge a book by its cover, but I got it because of the cute illustration on the cover! It was cool how every chapter switches from Eleanor to Park so you could see each person’s perspective and feelings on whatever was happening. One thing I didn’t like was how it ended. I WANTED TO KNOW MORE (UGH).
Eleanor is a redhead with beautiful curly hair and Park is biracial, half white and Korean. Here, I asked my good friend Maya to model–she’s like Eleanor because of her curly hair, but also like Park because she’s biracial. But Maya’s personality is way different than Eleanor’s. Eleanor is quiet and has a hard time speaking up for herself, Maya on the other hand is outgoing and not afraid to be herself.
With Eleanor as my inspiration, I decided to create a turtleneck because it seemed to fit her shy personality. Maya wore it with a denim skirt (Buffalo Exchange) and Stan Smiths (Adidas).
Making the turtleneck: I bought Very Easy Vogue Pattern V9028 and ribbed stretch fabric at, yup, you guessed it, Stone Mountain & Daughter. Maya picked the maroon color. I was worried about sewing a stretch fabric at first, but it wasn’t too bad. The fit is kinda loose and it’s something I should pay more attention to next time I’m sewing stretch/jersey. There’s a zipper in the back that was harder to sew for some reason too. It’s been awhile since I sewed that invisible zipper in Hazel’s T-shirt Dress. I need to practice sewing more zippers!