Check Mate

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…

RaybanErikasSummerFlowersCheck TopKurt Geiger BagBirdyMonicaVinaderMariePendantSummerStyleOOTDSummerWalkRaybans

Sunglasses Rayban Bag Kurt Geiger via Shoeaholics (similar hereSandals New Look Necklace Monica Vinader Rings ebay, Nikki Stark & Bloody Mary Metal


4 thoughts on “Check Mate

    1. 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!

  1. 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 :-)

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