The Maybe Not Mash Up
Fabric: light navy cotton from stash, BurdaStyle dress seen here
Pattern: Top: Butterick 4685, BurdaStyle dress
Notions: elastic, thread
Time to complete: 5 hours altogether
First worn: yesterday for pictures
Wear again: Top: Yes definitely! Skirt: Meh.
Total Price: $0
Friends, in doing this challenge, I learned something very important about myself: I do not like to put patterned garments together. I like having one bold color piece and one patterned piece in an outfit, but two patterned pieces makes me feel like an impostor. I am a huge fan of the amazing ladies that can pull it off, but I don’t have the confidence to make it work in public.
So this face pretty much says it all when I attempted to combine these two pieces into an outfit.
I decided to work with separates since I knew that if it didn’t work out the way I wanted it to, I could still wear these pieces independently of each other. Besides, I desperately need more separates in my wardrobe, and these are definitely cake pieces.
The top was a total breeze to put together! I added lace a la View A of this top but then I hated and ripped it out with my hands. So no lace, no bows – just letting the oblong dots shine. I love the lightweight cotton – it’s absolutely perfect for the upcoming humid weather that will hit Chicago in the next few weeks. We’re getting a taste of it today, and I am currently wearing this shirt and it’s easy and breezy in here. I may need to make more of these to wear around the apartment – all the windows make it a little greenhouse-y in here.
Now onto the skirt…
The skirt was part of the BurdaStyle dress I made as part of the BurdaStyle Sewing Book. I never got over my loathing of that dress and it was taking up valuable space in my closet. So I chopped off the skirt, made a waistband facing and stitched it all up. The only problem is – I still don’t know if I like it. I might not like it right now because it’s flannel so I’ll check again in the winter – if I still hate it then, it’s going into the clothes swap pile.
Overall, I’m glad I participated in this challenge because it made me realize my aversion to multi patterned outfits and it forced me to make this amazing blouse! Now I need to confront why so many of my Me Made garments are blue, but that’s a thought for another day…
Have a great day all!