So, the last time I did an outfit post, I was wearing a bobble hat and a winter coat. Now (hopefully) it’s time for sunnies and sandals. Hats off to fashion bloggers who put up daily outfit posts – it seems I can barely manage one every few months at the moment. The sunshine has definitely helped me get back into the blogging spirit of things though.
This kimono-style top was a really simple make, using a pattern from Simply Sewing magazine – and when I say simple, I mean simple. It’s just two pieces of fabric sewn together – no fastenings, no facings, no bias binding to contend with. I’m loving straightforward projects at the moment, as they are easy to work on when I get home from a day at actual work, and they are a quick fashion fix – not usually a phrase associated with sewing! I’m hoping to tackle a bigger project soon, but for now I think I’ll stick to ones that don’t challenge me too much; I’ll probably be making this one again in the not-so-distant future.
I chose to make it out of a check crepe fabric from Remnant Kings – it seems to be sold out now, but they have loads of other amazing fabrics to choose from (and there’s a sale on at the moment!). It drapes nicely and ticks the monochrome box, although matching up the checks was a bit of a nightmare as the fabric kept moving around while I was cutting and sewing it.
The cropped, loose shape makes it ideal for summer (and for eating burgers in, which is what I look for in an outfit). I paired it with a skirt made from a refashioned men’s shirt, meaning this is an entirely me-made get-up apart from the accessories, which, as any sewing geek will understand, is always exciting. Speaking of accessories, I recently treated myself to these Rayban sunnies – although tempted by the classic Wayfarers, the more girly, rounded shape of the Erika style made them a winner for me. Now I just have to try not to scratch the lenses or sit on them…
Sunglasses Rayban Bag Kurt Geiger via Shoeaholics (similar here) Sandals New Look Necklace Monica Vinader Rings ebay, Nikki Stark & Bloody Mary Metal
4 thoughts on “Check Mate”
I saw this top in the magazine too and will probably make it at some point. I was a bit worried abouut it being too short but it looks good on you!
Well I usually don’t have to worry about things being too short as I’m so short myself! I think would be really easy to lengthen it if you didn’t want the cropped style though. Let me know if you do decide to make it!
I love that top. Especially that you used square check fabric that echoes the square shape. I think I need to get some simple projects lined up and then I’d be more productive! Thanks for the follow on Twitter btw :-)
Thank you! Yes I think simple projects are definitely the key to productivity :)