The Caribou Turnout
Fabric | Cotton drill
Pattern | Top is self drafted Dress is Bodice Butterick 4389
Year | Contemporary
Notions | Zip
Time to complete | approx 4 hours
First worn | Top, for Lenny Kravitz three weeks ago. Dress for these photos.
Wear again? Sure I love it
Total price | $12.95 a metre
I work with the Pantone Matching System everyday at work; I’m a Graphic Designer so this wonderful little colour chart is a necessity in my line of work, colour matching and picking gorgeous colours to make logos and artwork pop makes my job fun, especially when you see the end result all printed up and looking sharp. I think using the Pantone system to sort out seasonal colours for your wardrobe is smart. I was going to reference Pantone numbers but what’s the use if you guys don’t have a book to reference from right?. Winter in Australia will be here before we know it and I think these hues are perfect for me to base a winter wardrobe around.
I fell head over heels when I spied this fabric sitting amongst the cherries and polka-dots—looking like the black sheep. Straight away I had a blinding vision, I let out a gasp and slowly moved towards it all coy-like stroking it’s selvedge whispering hey! do you want to come back to my place and make out with my Janome? and just like that we have been inseparable. The bodice I used from Butterick 4389 and then self drafted a straight skirt for the bottom. There is a centre back zip insert and the top of the bodice has been interfaced on the facing for a sturdy fit. It’s a very basic quick dress, the best kind for fabric this busy and perfect for a weekly sew-up. My leather neckpiece I made a while ago and will be putting up a tutorial on my blog in the not too distant future.
…excuse my lily white legs they’re great reflectors when I’m on a late afternoon bike ride and if I click my bangles together they make for a good bike bell. chk chk
This top is what I envisioned for this fabric a gorgeous Pantone palette along with a gorgeous but simple drape. You all know the simplicity and make-up of this top. The fabric’s width was disappointing I wanted it to sit closer to my wrists so, to add width and to make the top more interesting I added excess fabric along both edges which added a much more interesting border which I love. I also did the same with the neckline. I sewed up the edges from the wrists onwards because the fabric is white underneath.
I love this top and know I’ll get lots of wear from her over the coming months, she looks great with black skinny jeans and boots too. She’s a winner in my eyes.
As I was tapping away on this last line of text The Pixies-Caribou came on in my itunes, totally unrelated as most of my song/garment naming goes, but a great song for a pleasing win. Happy days indeed.