Kazzthespazz | Mixing prints

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.

Kazzthespazz | Mixing prints

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.

Kazzthespazz | Mixing prints

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?

Kazzthespazz | Mixing prints

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.

Kazzthespazz | Mixing prints

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’.

Do what you love


16 Responses to “Spellbound”

  • Amy:

    Hilarious! Can you get security cams for your front door so next time we can all enjoy the moment! Some wicked looking pom poms there. Any help from miss E???

  • Debi:

    I love this! You are so clever!!! And I would have paid good money to see the expression on the guy’s face at the door!!! too funny. I love that you wear the headdress around the house. that is AWESOME!!!

  • OMG! I can just imagine the poor man’s face! When real creativity shows it’s beautiful face, one has to be prepared! ;-D

    I love the skirt and you really rock that whole Nordic Shaman-look! (can’t say that I’ve ever met one, but your version is a good bet, I think!)

    Looking forward to seeing your take on the 1940′s. Can’t really say that I’m into all that vintage-thingy, but I bet I’ll love your interpretation.

    Thanks for another great outfit post! As always a pleasure!

    :-) Anna

  • Meg:

    I just love you :) I can imagine you appearing at the door in all your glory because darling, you look magnificent! A true tribal goddess if ever I dreamed one. I love your print mixing, you are positively the queen of it, and this outfit is another success ;)

  • The story that goes with this outfit is awesome , i would like to see his face too! haha
    That sure this outfit is impressive this looks is just WOW, like saying “I AM MYSELF” very loud into anyone face.
    At the first view of it i just had to look somewhere else because i know i would got angry and kinda hysteric “this is awesome, i can’t believe it, GENIUS!!!” so i had to digest the first view before reading and staring at with admiration! hahaha
    Well that really great, i mean not even the outfit but the way you allow yourself to be so creative, and the way it seems to match your personality, what you like, admire…
    It may sound stupid but i don’t think so much people allow themselves to sew clothes that really match their dreams. We all are fortunately or unfortunately tied by a sort of “what will the people say or how they will react if I’m wearing this or that”.
    But at last if you have ever wonder what people could think about this outfit, well i think is just pure magic!
    I LOVE LOVE LOVE it from the big pompoms to the bangles, everything is great!
    Thank you so much, it blow in me a wind of freedom and wild creativity and affirmation.
    That’s soooo kind to share this master piece with us!

  • Betty Stitchup:

    Love it! You totally own this look – it’s awesome – Probably the only other person who could pull it off would be none other than Siouxsie Sioux herself. And love the man at the door story – hilarious!

  • I just discovered your blog and I really love your style!

  • Lou Lou:

    Oh my, this is a great outfit! Where do you get all your wonderful fabric from? I’m forever looking for interesting prints but the fabric stores that I go to in Melbourne never seem to have much (especially nothing tribal), I think I must be going to the wrong ones.

  • Kazz:

    Thank you Lou Lou. I find most of my fabric in thrift stores, Spotlight or Lincraft. I guess it’s how deep you can dig :) thanks for popping in and sorry for the late reply.

  • Kazz:

    Thank you Anthea thanks for popping in, I post every Sunday :)

  • Kazz:

    Aw thank you so my Betty, sorry for my late reply. Thanks for taking the time to comment :)

  • Kazz:

    WOW! Alice, first off I’m sorry for my late reply it’s been very hectic around here. Thank you for such a wonderful comment you really made my day and hopefully I made yours :). The best person you can be is yourself. I dress for me and no one else, and to be able to sew and create fills me with happiness, I’d be a total mess if that was taken away from me. I’m chuffed that I have inspired you to be you. Have a wonderful wonderful week xx

  • Kazz:

    and I just love you too Meg. I wish I had another me so I can keep up with the online sewing community :( Thank you once again for taking the time to pop in and send over your happy vibes and wonderful comments. xx

  • Kazz:

    Thank you Anna, sorry for the late reply. I’m with you, I’m not into the vintagey thing either hopefully you’ll enjoy my spin on the 1940′s thanks for popping in :)

  • Kazz:

    Thanks Debi xx

  • Kazz:

    ha ha thanks Amy now that’s a thought! Little Miss E certainly did make the pom poms. Clever girl that daughter of mine.

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