Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Colourblock, eh?

This is one of the new things I've made in my stash'n'scrap busting efforts; a new top.  Getting rid of two more smallish pieces of fabric...!  
The rust coloured corduroy used for the body is the leftover from these jeans.  I really love both making and wearing corduroy jeans, but the fabric width is just than little bit too narrow so that you have to buy twice your leg length to make a pair of jeans, because of the fabric nap.  And this means a couple of large chunks of leftovers.  Not to worry, I'm nothing if not diligent about using up those scraps as usefully as I can.
The purple sleeves are the very last leftovers from this dress.  (And I assure you the sleeves are exactly the same length, in spite of the funny way I am obviously posing...)
I know I'm going to love this top.  About three years ago I made another corduroy Tshirt that I wore a heap during winter, and was pretty darn sad when I spilled something down the front and it finally had to go.  Don't know why it's taken me this long to replace it, actually...  It is a laughably simple design, just rectangles of fabric with armholes cut into the body of the Tshirt, and bit of a boatneck-line scooped out, and long flat sleeve caps on the top of the tubular sleeves, measured and cut to fit the armhole lengths of the body.  Faced the neckline from other scraps.  Hemmed.  Done.  Simple and very easy to wear.


And happily fashionable.  My eye was caught by this outfit from Bally... quite similar, no? although this is a dress, and my outfit is a skirt and top.  I really this look of solid blocks of strong colour stacked up on top of each other; a look reminiscent of children's building blocks, simple, colourful, a bit fun and interesting.  The extra plus for the self seamstress is that these simple unstructured shapes are so easy to sew, and the different blocks of colour are tailor-made (haha, a little joke there...) for using up scraps...


Details:
Top; my own design, rust corduroy and purple raw silk sleeves
Skirt; Vogue 7303, orange raw silk, details here
Shoes; Perrini, had for ages
Sunnies; RayBan
Nail varnish; Pouty Purple, BYS


At right, from Bally Spring/Summer 2011, here

16 comments:

  1. I totally adore this! I love color blocked clothing. Your color combinations look great together.

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  2. "Scrap Busting" yes I love the title. It is what I'm doing at the moment as well, however most have mine have been going into scraves and handbags.

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  3. I really like it.
    I don't know whether or not the fashion magazines in Australia are 'in synch' with those we get here in Europe (because of the obvious difference of seasons) but I have seen a lot of colour blocking with colours like these, paraded as one of the big new trends for spring/summer (Ok, for that, the corduroy would be a bit dark, but of course, there is the obvious difference of seasons)

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  4. I just checked out your link to the skirt. Such a nice skirt and perfect colour. I love the little floral details on the inside. They'd make me smile everytime I put it on.

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  5. Great color combo...I love it!

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  6. What a great way to use up those pesky pieces left over from making pants!
    No, I've never repeated that jacket. I should. I will. Just not at least until next winter.

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  7. You should call this outfit "Rock around the Colourblock". :)

    How fun to stashbust AND be so hip and current! I know I love it when MY style and trending mesh. Great combo!

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  8. I've never thought of using corduroy for a top before, but now that I think about it it sounds very warm and cozy

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  9. oooh, I've done this for goose, colorblocking things to use up scraps. He has a pajama set -- I made the pants and then there were large scraps leftover, but not enough for a full shirt - it would have come down just to the bottom of his ribs. So the rest of the body and the sleeves were a cooordinating color from my stash. I've never done this for me (though am thinking of frankensteining some of Kevin's old pants into a neat jacket this way ... )

    Thanks for the advice on the white shoes! No wonder they don't ever seem to work. Beyond white shirts, most of the "white" in my closet is mostly cream or some off-white.... So. He he, I guess that's why they went with the wedding dress and not much else. I'm going to figure them out.

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  10. I love this, it looks fantastic and a great idea!

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  11. Absolutely perfect color combo.

    I've been really inspired by your recent scrap bustin'.

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  12. I love the idea of a corduroy tee.

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