Well actually "they" don't but maybe "they" should? Cos you see, i am addicted, totally addicted to Yellow. Everything i freaking make seems to be yellow these days. This love affair isn't a new thing my friends. We have pictures of me at seven hanging upside down on various things wearing ONLY a pair of yellow flared jeans! Maybe i need a 10-step withdrawal plan?? But after some weekend fabric shopping there is hope, i seem to be leaning towards the dark side, yep, there is orange in my future folks! Ha!
So anyway getting back on me track....
The two handmade items in this outfit would be my black,grey,brown, yellow blanket..oops mean cardi, AND my yellow mini.
I even went all the way to Sydney for location shots - total dedication to my "craft" hey? Actually, i just happened to be there having the most rad weekend with the most rad bunch of girls at #Frocktails and these photos were taken while my darlings Kirsty, Myra, Amanda and i wondered aimlessly in search of a cuppa after some hard-work purchasing fabric yumminess!
The cardi/jacket/blanket is loosely based on Burdastyle 111 Square Cardigan/Jacket. Basically, yes its just a frigging square with a couple of rectangles in for the ride.
Construction wise, i just kinda put it together as it should be apart from adding seam allowances. I mean wtf Burda, the "pattern" is just measurements to cut out, which you gave me, then told me to add different extra bits of measurements to make new measurements...again WTF Burda!! So i just ignored it ;) My fabric is a lot stiffer than the fabric in the pictures/suggested material (mohair) and if it was too big it would hang wrong. I wanted a kinda deconstructed look with my seams so didn't bother over-locking the edges. I just top-stitched 0.5cm either side of the seam lines to stop too much fray. I wanted a little bit of fray, cos it looks fecking cool all fluffy and touchable, don't ya think?? I hacked the hem to the right length for me too, and i do intend to add some fuck-off big pockets too, one day. No fastenings/closures, so its just a blanket with arms. And i adore it.
The skirt is a moss mini of course. We all love Jen of Grainline fame and you don't mess with perfection. So i didn't. I was a very good girl and did as she said - every single step. Possibly a first, apparently i get side-tracked often with the embellishing, hacking, making-shit-up stuff i do [which i don't recommend, i usually just make a red hot mess!!].
The fabric is a beautiful but dreadful upholstery velvet cord that i picked up whilst thrifting in Melbourne with my gorgeous jewellery designer friend, Fran. I love it, cos its yellow and cord: i hate it because it frays like nothing else, it literally disintegrates in your hot little hands. So i had to over-lock every single bloody edge of every single piece before construction. This did help with bulk as i could leave the seams open. I was going to top-stitch but you can't when the wale is so frigging thick, the thread gets lost in wale land. I do love the skirt, mostly, the only issue is it is a tad bulky around the zip/button because of the fabric choice. But i already have it cut-out in a summery cotton fabric with foxes frolicking all over it (thanks for the freebie Myra), that should sit a bit flatter me hopes.
I will post later in the week about frocktails and my frock and those cocktails and the most amazing bunch of sassy sewers this side of ...well...fecking anywhere really. Bye x