Few events show off the incredible passion of college students quite like game day. As the pinnacle of emotion and excitement, football games often mark the most thrilling days of the fall semester. A longstanding tradition at Notre Dame is that all students wear the same shirt (straightforwardly dubbed The Shirt) to home games, rather than sundresses and seersucker. This Fashionista, whom I spotted in the will call line at the championship game in Miami, took her Shirt to new fashion levels by stitching her own dress. Valuing history is a vital aspect of being a Notre Dame student, but this clever Fashionista artfully demonstrates the impressive union of time-honored tradition with modern creativity. Even when blending in with her fellow students, she stands out for her dual commitment to style and school spirit.
Name: Megan Poloskey
CollegeFashionista: You made your dress yourself?
Megan Poloskey: Yes, coming from Texas, all the girls at the University of Texas and Texas A&M wear dresses to the game. And so I wanted a T-shirt dress, but at Notre Dame everyone wears “The Shirt,” so I wanted to find a way to make “The Shirt” into a dress.
CF: How long did it take you to make?
MP: It was a summer project, and I watched Gossip Girl, so about an entire season of Gossip Girl.
CF: Had you ever done anything like this before?
MP: Sophomore year I did one too, so that was my first time and this was my second time because I was abroad last year.
CF: Did you have sewing experience before you made this dress?
MP: Not really, my mom helped me — she made all our Halloween costumes when we were little.
CF: How did you pick the fabric for the skirt?
MP: I brought The Shirt to the fabric store and I was just kind of walking around like, “what goes with this?” And I love polka dots, so I thought it would be fun.
CF: Where did you get your shoes?
MP: They’re just knock-off Keds that I painted! I got the paint at Michael’s; it’s just acrylic paint.
How To: If you’re in the mood for a crafternoon, start with a basic spirit item like a T-shirt or sweatshirt. Pinterest has great suggestions for ways to create your own dress or enhance a typical T-shirt. You can also start from scratch, as Megan did with her shoes, and build up. Think about embellishing a pair of Converse or a comfortable V-neck. Jazz up your spirited look with a headband or bracelet in your school’s colors. Here, Megan rocks an ND logo clip that complements her navy dress. Football games are a great opportunity to proclaim your school spirit, but there are always ways to make your spirit fashionable!