The Rise to the Sun Ensemble
Oh I had big plans for this challenge, I had everything sorted then it took a turn, I’m not going to say for the worse because it’s not at all bad it’s just not what I envisioned. Firstly my outfit for this week changed because I was so unhappy with the jacket I was making, I got all the way to inserting the sleeves took a step back and thought my god that’s hideous. The construction was working out fine I took it slow being satin and all but that’s where the problem lay, it was satin, and it shone like a beacon, like a 50’s band all wearing the same jacket, I swear the fabric looked different when I purchased it, anyway it just wasn’t working out so my next step was to get the pants finished, Vogue 8738 the same pattern I used for the On-Trend challenge and to start thinking about replacing the top half. Back to Spotlight I trot.
My photo shoot took a turn too, you see I wanted to take you to my favourite sanctuary, my favourite place to get back to nature ^ William Ricketts Sanctuary a place of wonder, pure magic and art- you can read about it here. Hubby (Mr Snaparazzi) was called out to work so my Sunday shoot was off therefore it’s just me my tripod and my overgrown menagerie I call a fernery that runs down the side of my house.
I know you can’t really see what I have made in these photos which is a bit of a bummer so perhaps explaining it is the best option here. The jacket was made from the same fabric as the pants, it’s a kimono cut from the same one I made for my Spiritwalker post, this one has a wee belt. You see I’m very much in love with this; the layering, the drape, you know where I’m going with this. The fabric falls brilliantly on my version and I love the proportions, the drape, right down to the tapering of the pants around the ankles. How does this reflect ‘nature’ i’d say the fabric print has a very earthy animal feel about it, wouldn’t you say?
I’m pleased with the outcome but can only imagine the photos being so much better if we could of made it to The Sanctuary, ah well! as you can see I’ve popped in some photos from my last visit. It really is a place to sit and reflect a place with many hidden treasures peeking from every corner.
Like me sitting in ‘the menagerie’ thinking when will I ever find the time to sit and get back to nature, to get my hands dirty, life is so full-on sometimes, is it life or my overachieving nature? Either way I’m a very happy person and wouldn’t change a thing. I just need to put it on the to-do list. Yes! the to-do list that’s what I’ll do.
So yes, the kimono was serged together and hemmed on all edges then pressed flat, nothing fancy to tell really. The pants have a zip centre back with a button closure and interfaced waist band, nothing fancy to tell here either. I love this look so I’m adding it to my wardrobe with confidence and shall wear it with confidence.
I’m keen to name this one after my new favourite band Alabama Shakes– Rise to the Sun. I’ve been singing into my hairbrush ever since I bought it. A voice of pure gold, goose bump stuff, you know?!
Also, thank you all so very much for all of your lovely comments on The Rocky Ground Dress. MWAH!
Fabric |Silky Satin Leopard. Low sheen
Pattern | Vogue 8738-Pants, Self drafted Kimono
Notions | Zip and button for the pants
Time to complete | 1 hour for the pants 2 for the kimono and up to 3hrs for the jacket I started then ditched
First worn | On Sunday after I completed it and Monday for the photos.
Wear again? Oh yes of course
Total price | $7 a metre