What has she made now? look away if you don’t like to break sewing rules. If you have been following this little blog you’ve probably already gathered by now that I do like to step outside the box a little, I do like it there, it’s where I’m most comfortable and it’s not claustrophobic one little bit. This week I’ve taken Vogue Pattern 1185 and made it my own. The styling on the pattern envelope is ‘inside the box and that again sits inside another box’ with those hideous heels and the WTF hairstyle Vogue are really challenging us outsiders to help them take their patterns to the next level or maybe they are not intended for our use. Either way I could totally see potential in this pattern, especially while I’m on my Buffalo Gal/Nostalgia of Mud ride.
I found this smashing crinkle linen blend which wasn’t cheap, but really wanted it to look as organic as possible and boy is this gorgeous fabric it was a dream to sew with and it just complements the pattern and look I’m after. It’s black though and it’s bloody hard to show all the elements of the pattern in these pictures so here’s the line drawing, you can laugh at my funny facial expressions but not my sewing cause I’m serious about that shizz.
I love this! I found complementary matte black buttons which look great running down the back and the pockets are lovely and big, there is a smaller pocket inside the larger pocket, big enough to slide your favourite Murakami novel into. There is a knack to buttoning this thing up without any help; you can reach around and button up what you can then you pull the back neckline up above your head to reach the other buttons, easy!
I’ve sewn this up as instructed, facings, topstitching you know all the normal stuff required to produce a well made garment, sewing ‘inside the box’ being a good girl but that didn’t last for long. I wanted to take it one step further and make it look even more organic- ragamuffin if you wish?
This ensemble is c h e e s e c l o t h you can’t get anymore organic than that and at $2 a metre I wasn’t complaining especially after my splurge on the linen. The cloth was bright blue, I dyed it brown and it came out in the most perfect mottled ragamuffin grey. Ragamuffin Grey ? let’s patent that colour…it matches my Vivienne Westwood mountain hat perfectly. This thing is raw and totally defies the rules of sewing and to be honest I don’t care one little bit. I actually think this has eons more character than the linen piece.
I’ve left all the edges raw and even managed to attract strands of cotton along for the ride. I’ve sewn two lines of straight stitch around the neckline, armholes and bottoms to prevent it from fraying anymore than I need it to. The insides are all overlocked. The outside pockets are sewn on raw- designed to fray. The bottoms are different to the pattern as you can see, I’ve placed raw pieces around the legs for a drawstring to travel through and added some long straps to hang from the pockets, shoulders and center adding a bit of character.
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The buttons were your basic wood colour so I threw them into the dye and they came out???…. yes you guessed it! Ragamuffin Grey baby.
I can hide my children in there, like a freak’in kangaroo I can eat all I want too. ↓
…and that’s it from me I’m off to run a muck and terrorise small children into giving me their pocket money to buy more fabric and learn to dance like Jeremy Healy and Helen Garner for the god damn love of 80′s music.