The Pull Up To The Bumper Ensemble
Ladies grab your sunglasses and a cup of tea, pop on some Grace Jones-Pull Up To The Bumper because this post is gonna loud. What’s On Trend? I’m not too sure, if I were to sit in my local cafe and people-watch over a soy latte or two I’d find leggings worn as jeans (jeggings) accompanied with a small grey sports hoodie, $5 tennis shoes, fake hair extensions and large amounts of makeup. That’s what the kids are wearing anyway. If I were to look at magazines and blogs for on trend inspiration? well, that’s another avenue altogether; I’d have to say that these days anything goes, mixing colours, patterns, mixing textures, genres, high-end clothes mashed with vintage, the thrifted mixed with high-end and let’s not forget handmade. It comes down to your own person style really. I like to see someone wear something eye-catching, chic with a helping of ‘what’s going on there?’ I’d definitely run up to the person tell them how smashing they looked and give them kudos for stepping outside the box.
I downloaded my copy of Paper Magazine, my eyes pounced on this fantastic fashion shoot ^ will you take a look at that? It’s as awesome as anything Mary Katrantzou has printed and sewn together, it’s a visual feast and not for the faint hearted either. I’m going to pretend Mena’s asked me to do a fashion shoot similar to Paper Magazine’s but for the very popular, most sought-after, ‘The Sew Weekly Magazine’. Here goes, try not to spit your coffee over your computer screen.
Throughout the week heading up to my big sewing day (Friday night) I rummaged through my stash and took photos of all the bits of fabric I could potentially use for this challenge, on my coffee breaks at work I’d used this Diptic app to place fabrics next to one another mixing and matching until I thought I found a winning combo. Winning? well, that comes down to personal taste. I used Vogue pattern 8738, it was the drape on the pants and the half price pattern sale that made me say yes please. The pattern stresses two-way stretch fabrics only. I didn’t want to buy fabric this week so I cut the pants from this rayon and placed a zip in the centre back seam. They draped and sat just fine.
The top is from the same pattern, I cut the back piece from black jersey and the front—as you can see, a piece of plaid cut on the bias. Sewing both the pants and top were a breeze everything has been serged, hemmed and pressed except for the bottom of the top it actually goes down into a point (my choice) but once I stood in front of the mirror the proportions were off so she’s tucked under for these photo’s. I felt I needed to take it just one step further to get this ‘mixed prints’ post across. I picked up this paisley chiffon for a couple of dollars to help take it to the next level, I can hear Tim Gunn say ‘Girl you need to edit’ but Tim I’m trying to make a point here… So, with that I made this long breezy coat thingy-ma-jiggy. There’s lots of gathering, gathering along the shoulder seams, across the front bodice and back, she ties up at the front and sits and moves just like I anticipated. The faux fur shrug I made a week or two ago; I’ve been living in my black one so I thought a contrasting colour would give me something else to throw over my shoulders to keep the chill off my back during these wintery days here in Melbourne.
Now, would I wear this out? I’d wear the top two outfits, different turban though. I’d wear the coat thingy-ma-jiggy and shrug with a pair of black skinny jeans instead of these pants a different top and perhaps a different turban too, it’s all too much. But for this post, I think I’ve managed to get my point across. It’s kinda like that game you play when you’re having trouble working out what to wear? you say to yourself, okay! when I open my wardrobe door I will wear whatever lands on me.
On trend? who know’s anything goes these days.
Fabric | Rayon for the pants, jersey and plaid for the top faux fur for the shrug and chiffon for the coat thingymajiggy.
Pattern | Vogue 8738
Year | contemporary
Notions |zip and button for the pants
Time to complete | Friday night & Saturday for the chiffon coat
First worn | for these photos
Wear again? Not altogether
Total price | No idea they were all from the stash.