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The Facts
 Fabric |  cotton blend from ikea
Pattern | Jacket modified-McCalls 4928, skirt-self drafted
 Year | Contemporary
Notions | Two buttons for the skirt. Three buttons for the jacket
 Time to complete | Good Friday, hubby took care of the food, he’s good like that.
First worn | Sunday, into Melbourne City for a wander and a bite to eat
Wear again? of course
Total price | Approx $30

Fabric from ikea

This gorgeous fabric I picked up sometime ago on a trip to ikea, I had no idea at the time what I was going to use it for it just caught my eye so I handed over my dollars and tucked it away into my stash. When I read about this ‘city challenge’ this fabric and Melbourne’s Yarra River came to mind. It’s somewhat literal but I know you lovely ladies wont mind.


I shot this on my iphone at dusk some time ago, Melbourne’s Yarra River really does look gorgeous at night with all the city lights reflecting off her surface. We often take strolls along the Promenade stopping for a bite to eat. Along the way you’ll find various kinds of free entertainment as well as the Crown Casino. You cross over the Yarra on the foot bridge further along and wander up back towards Flinders Station. It really is a romantic walk, I particularly like it best in Winter.

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Here we are on the Yarra River further along past the Bolte Bridge into Port Melbourne looking back at this gorgeous city on a gorgeous day. Melbourne is what I call an ‘inside city’, on landing she’s not as spectacular as Sydney with the Harbour Bridge and Opera House but boy is she a hive of entertainment within the hidden laneways. The art, the food, the cafes and the shopping are up there with the best in the world. I moved here from Sydney three years ago. I love LOVE love my Melbourne.


So onto the jacket and skirt; I felt it was best I draw a diagram to explain the construction of this outfit. First off, I was channeling Vivienne Westwood for this challenge as you can imagine I’m a huge fan. The skirt, especially being plaid and all, and the jacket?! I really wanted to add an element of surprise too, I really wanted it to look and sit a little different and I think I may of achieved that. You know the feeling when you slip your arms into the sleeves and pop the jacket up onto your shoulders, button up and adjust yourself wander on over to your mirror size yourself up and down and let out a yessssss!!?? that’s kinda what happened when I put this on. | City

I’m not sure the photos do much justice to the cut of this jacket. Where the exaggerated pattern piece folds over I have hidden buttons travelling diagonally along the fold so it sits neat and flat, I have placed a loop on the end attaching a strap long enough for it to travel around my waist twice and another loop on my right side of my waist with a strap attached to tie up. | City

The jacket is fully lined in black broderie anglaise left over from the ‘Otherside Of The Game Jacket‘. I particularly love the pleats that have been stitched into place half way along allowing the remainder to fan out. I played around with the exaggerated pattern piece and found a second way to wear the jacket; placing another carrier on my right shoulder for the strap to travel through which gives the jacket a cowl drape across the front. It’s quite versatile. I just wished I’d taken the time to photograph her better. When you have a little lad busting for a wee and the other one reminding you how hungry she is your time is limited. | City

The skirt is of course a square—you know how I love my squares!? Once the buttons and darts were in place I stepped into it and began pinning pleats into odd positions kind of moulding the skirt to my shape along the way. It really was a visual exercise in front of the mirror with a stack of pins in between my teeth. I wonder if Vivienne works like this! | City

I think this works, I think the jacket works in proportion to the skirt, what do you think? Wouldn’t it be nice if you looked up and saw yourself walking past yourself then you could really be a true judge of your efforts, does that sound weird? | City

The jacket can be teamed with jeans and the skirt can be teamed with other jackets or even a tshirt. I like that about separates. I like versatility I guess that’s why we packed up our little family and moved to Melbourne, she’s simply bursting with versatility.

Hot in the City- Billy Idol? yep! I’ll go with that.



Eclectic, fun loving seamstress sewing to the beat of her own drum.


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  1. When I think you already surprise, BAMM girl, you pull something out of the bag.
    I just love your sense of style and the translation on your clothes…. and you cannot argue the funky prints from Ikea…

  2. Hi Kat, interesting touch of the pleats. Love the photos taken on the dock with water. The bolt river shot is beautiful too.

  3. I love your prints! I wouldn’t have been able to pass up that Ikea fabric either. Gorgeous execution, as usual. You’ve also sold me on Melbourne – not that I needed any pushing! :)

  4. Very artistic and creative! I especially like how you used the fabric in the design of the jacket. What ended up on the back of the jacket? I imagine it’s the biggest ship? I love your color and pattern choice for the skirt too. It looks very chic, especially next to that incredible backdrop.

    • Thank you Barbara, Yep the big ship is in it’s dock steadily floating on the rear of this jacket. I think the colours go together and complements Melbourne too.

  5. Awesome Jacket! I love it.

  6. I think the photos are great, especially the one of you walking. If I saw you on the street I’d definitely admire your style and approve of the proportions. Totally Vivienne! And totally you.

  7. Oh so beautiful Kaz! You’re a true Melbournian now in the colours, and style! Just gorgeous! xoxo

  8. Oooh, love it! The draping, the pleating, the fabrics. Another winner, Kazz lady! :-)

  9. I love everything you make – wish I had your creativity :-)

  10. Uuuuuugh….I think my brain just broke trying to figure out the construction of these awesome pieces. and I trained to be an engineer.

    Between your Melbourne and StephC’s Brisbane, I think I must have a trip to Australia in my future.

  11. Oh. My. Glob. I want them so very badly. I would wear both these pieces all the time. Once again, brilliant, utterly brilliant! I see the Westwood influence clearly, but it’s all Kazz to me.

  12. If I send you fabric will you make me a jacket? Seriously, I LOVE this!! And that skirt…reminds me of the origami-like outfits that Issey Miyaki does which I also love. Amazing job, once again : )

  13. You definitely sew the most interesting outfits! Another wonderfully creative and oh so wearable piece, great design too!

  14. Love this, and the photos and that you’ve shown how you constructed them. Can I just say that reading your posts always seem to make me happy :)

  15. I heart immensely! You never cease to amaze us all.

  16. So rad. I have an inkling that Kazz2 would definitely give a nod to the entire outfit. As would Ms. Westwood, for sure. I’m always afraid I’m going to trip and my mouthful of pins will be a massive oral disaster! Sewing is not for the faint of heart ;)