We are mixing prints this week I have never thought about prints and mixing prints more than I have in the past year or so thanks to Sew Weekly. Sew Weekly has really pulled me out of my proverbial black wearing box and got me thinking more about using colour and prints. I find it frustratingly challenging to make mixed prints work but at the same time really enjoy the process of coming up with a match. It’s like playing an odd game of Snap. This week I wanted to show you my process of working with prints in a spazzafied way, in other words, how I got dressed for this post I wanted it to be visually pleasing— to my eye at least. My influence being my Pinterest mood board.
I started with the skirt, firstly placing hemming/bias tape around the waist line to stop it from fraying then proceeded to pleat the fabric in large chunks sewing it flat to hold it in place; this then wraps around me and fastens with a couple of buttons, kinda like a kilt. You can’t see too well but behind the enormous pom poms my clever clever daughter made for me THANK YOU SWEETIE! I took the time to fray at least an inch of the fabric to add a bit of voila to the skirt. The hem has also been frayed. A line of stitching to stop it from unraveling? Check!. It looks Nordic. Check! The black and white top is a scarf with pom pom tassels on each edge, this was placed on the bias, one edge folded over—which makes the cowl neck, this was then sewn to a black piece of georgette folded in the same manner and joined at the shoulders with loops and buttons pulling it together. The sides are sewn up so there is no chance of any side boob action. A simple top I know, but what I like about this is how it makes your eye travel down forcing you to view the whole outfit; like an arrow directing traffic. I’m down with that! all the way to the shoes.
I really do! it’s vastly becoming one of my favourite things to do. I know it’s all trial and error at the moment so hopefully when I grow-up I would of mastered the technique but for now lets just enjoy what my eye has considered acceptable print matching you see, I was happy with the nordic inspired skirt and the bias placed geometric black and white top, admittedly a little too easy on the sewing front but who says it has to be anything more I mean look at what Anya did on Project Runway? A bunch of floaty squares with the same necklines if she chose different fabrics it would have never of worked, a great eye for prints methinks. Still, I have to say it was one of the worst seasons on Project Runway too date don’t you think?
Anyway, my super crafty daughter and I went on our routine Saturday morning Op Shop jaunt and I stumbled across this ethnic looking throw for $5. F I V E D O L L A R S ? crazy business. I cut a slit down the middle to where the circle detail on the back begun—this makes the neckline, and just sat in front of the telly with my family watching Project Runway and a brilliant Bob Marley doco, fraying away all of the edges to my hearts content. We’re all still leaving the house for work and school with bits of thread glued to us Whoops! and I have renewed my love and total respect for Bob Marley a total freedom fighter; Iron like a Lion in Zion. The neckline I frayed inward about 1 inch and the ends around 4 inches tying them off into bunches. I had the patience of a saint this night which doesn’t happen too often I did find it to be very therapeutic though.
My headdress I made for this post and wear it around the house doing my sewing and housework in. I was wearing this whole outfit when there was a knock at the front door a man, trying to give his best speech on why we should swap electrical companies, I towered over him looking like a Nordic shaman haha he didn’t know where to look the poor thing. It’s possible he found my appearance intimidating. The look on his face was priceless.
I’m going with Siouxsie and The Banshees- Spellbound for this weeks title. Oh how I love Sioux Sioux she has been a constant source of inspiration throughout the years.
Next week we are sewing 1940′s, not really my thang but will try my best to ‘Make It Work’.