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We are making circle skirts this week; short, long, half, whatever takes your fancy. I opted for the half circle full length skirt. This gorgeous ankara rayon was marked down to $3 and was looking pretty damn lonely sitting there among the florals so, being a nice person and all I decided to help her out by purchasing some off the bolt just so she felt loved and not left out I reassured her that we would make a great team and to not worry about those florals snubbing their powdery stamens at her. | Circle Skirt

The above photo best shows the real colour of the fabric. So, onto construction; to make this skirt I just followed the pre-draw skirt pattern on my thrifted cutting board, easy peasy. Making a full length skirt would definitely show off the pattern and colours on the fabric wouldn’t you agree? I have inserted a side zip and a button closure on an interfaced waistband. I have roll hemmed the bottom on my serger and that’s about it, nothing fancy to write about at all, construction wise.

On this day it was World Record Store Day so naturally I had to get among it. I grabbed my local guide which tells me where all the hidden record stores are around my neck of the woods and ventured out with my little family to hunt down some vinyl and give my newly handmade outfit a whirl. | Circle Skirt

I love to sift and Chapel St Bazaar here in Melbourne I can spend hours getting lost among all the clothes, shoes, records, books and knick knacks. Here’s my skirt and top hanging out with their headless friend who can’t choose between a boot or pump; speaking of shoes, I can only wear heels with this skirt because of the length, 44inches from my hip to the sole of my wedge, this was of course intentional it looks dramatic when the bottom of the skirt swirls around my feet. Who doesn’t like a bit of drama. | Circle Skirt

I had a hell of a time matching this ankara fabric it was a serious nightmare a bit like getting your photo taken in a busy record store with people looking at you, Arrr. I walked around Spotlight for over an hour trying to hunt down a match for this fabric talking and cursing to myself and getting caught doing so, I almost threw in the towel I was at a total loss just wandering aimlessly, I found this part terribly hard and somewhat frustrating and now appreciate even more how a designer can mix patterns and make them work effortlessly. As you can see I eventually settled on this double-check, baby-blue and have grown to like the combination.

So, with all that hard work searching for a decent fabric match it paid off in good-vinyl-diggin-karma when I dug deep inside this record store and pulled out Iggy and The Stooges -Raw Power. DOUBLE SCORE! Iggy is of course the ambassador for World Record Store Day so finding this on this particular day was pretty damn! c o o l | Circle Skirt

Here is the shirt, this shirt pattern is a generic pattern I re-traced  years ago and have made button-ups from it for years. I have not one but three collars cut on the bias because one collar is just a tad too normal for me, ha ha, I do like a surprise element in a garment. The placket was also cut on the bias and I had my hubby install the snaps because I couldn’t handle the little buggers with these pink nails. A second after my hubby took this photo I pulled out Bow Wow Wow and Lene Lovich for $8. I tell ya! Best-day- EVER! So with my big win I’ll mix two titles for the naming of this one because I’m super chuffed with this outfit and my Record Store Day finds. The Raw Power of the Aphrodisiac. Sounds a bit naughty doesn’t it?

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Did you know that when I grow up I want to be just like Iris Afpel she’s another style icon that I stare at on a daily basis—accessory QUEEN BEE methinks. If only these glasses weren’t so scratched up!!. My daughters ensemble? she made her skirt and DIY’d her shirt and beheaded her teddy— like you do. I had to call in the cavalry to round her up and remove her from the store. The dangerous beginnings of a fashionista hey!

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14 Responses to “The Raw Power of the Aphrodisiac”

  • AWESOME! Love it! Where’s the first picture at? Is that your home? Its so funky. And gads, the Chapel Street Bazaar- its like frikkin Alice in Wonderland. When you finally stumble out dazed and low blood sugar’d three days have past somehow…

  • YEH! Great one Kazz! I was wondering what circle skirt combo you’d come up with, as a full circle didn’t seem to be your style.. THIS half circle and this fabric is 100 % Kazz! xoxo

  • Kazz:

    Ha ha so true ‘theperfectnose’ the first shot is at the Three Monkeys across the road from Chapel Street Bazaar one of my favourites I just love the atmosphere, the art and they play a lot of reggae :)

  • Kazz:

    Aw thank you Amelia xx they have a diamond jubilee challenge coming up, I’m a tad worried haha

  • just when i think i couldn’t love you more…

    i agree with veronica… you transformed the everyday circle! NOW I MUST HAZ ONE!

    i know you’ve done your top yearly albums before… yesterday i was listening to fun.’s new album and i wondered what might your top ten ALL TIME albums be? the ones that everyone must have in their collection? posty posty???

  • Wow, that is quite the skirt!! LOVE the fabric. It’s brilliant!

  • Kazz:

    Thank you Rochelle glad you like it :)

  • Kazz:

    Oh Oona that’s too hard to answer there’s just too many to list and then to break it down to just ten would be torture. Arrr it would make my head spin.

  • Meg:

    OMG. OMGOMGOMG. I just LOVE you and your daughter and your styles and that fabulous teddy purse and your skirt of wonder and the combo of the skirt print/blue gingham and my.head.exploded.with.the.awesome.

  • I know I’ve drooled compliments about this whole outfit over at Sew Weekly, but I’m just clearing a backlog of blog posts in my reader and I spotted your Iris Apfel impression….and that you’re reading about her (MUST GET THAT BOOK!) I love Iris, she was one of my first style icons when I started getting back into fashion, along with the other ladies being documented by Ari Seth Cohen at Advanced Style. I’ve got my eye on sunglasses that are very Iris as a necessary accessory purchase this summer….though my daughter thinks they’re just big Harry Potter glasses….which isn’t a bad thing either.

  • Kazz:

    Sorry for my late reply Tempest I’ve been sick in bed and just trying to catch up just now. Iris is just one of the few women I admire and Advance Style is a favourite frequent stop-over a constant reminder that just because we’re ageing doesn’t mean we need to stop being fabulous. Did you read about Iris accidentally ripping off another jewellery designer LOL? Poor Iris, she’s still fabulous in my eye along with Diane Vreeland. What a women!

  • ally:

    TOo coOoooOOol

  • Kazz:

    cooOoooooOoOOoOoOl like you Ally :P

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