Added Sep 1, 2010
London, United K...
Late summer can be such a difficult time to dress for – chilly, but not cold enough for proper autumn/winter clothes, with days that can still be warm enough to trick you into stepping out without an extra layer on. Until a stray breeze brushes past your bare arms, causing unslightly goosebumps to spring up.
My ‘Transeasonal Outfit’ consists of two main pieces – a skirt, for tricky cool/warm days, and a little capelet to cover up arms without causing pools of sweat.
The skirt was the result of a huge op-shop scarf – bright pink, with that vaguely, ambiguously ‘tribal’ border design running along both lengthwise edges. I cut the scarf down it’s length, earning me two strips of material to work with. In fact, I was so excited to get to work that I forgot to take a photo of the scarf in it’s original state. Oh well, it’s a scarf, you all know what scarves look like.
Each long rectangle was simply seamed once, before I added 1-inch wide elastic, for an easy-peasy elastic skirt. Well, two skirts, actually. Possibly the easiest skirt(s) I’ve ever made. I used the scarf’s selvedge edges for the skirt’s hem, so could have left it as it was, but I decided to turn it up about half an inch and hem it with a catchstitch, for a more finished look.
The capelet was cut in the same way as my Reversible Capelet (http://www.burdastyle.com/projects/reversible-circle-capelet) – a large semi-circle with a smaller semi-circle cut out for the neck. I then made a Peter Pan collar for it, instead of a hood. The woollen-looking fabric came from a vintage/secondhand shop a friend used to work in. The inside is lined with a vibrantly coloured purple fabric I picked up on holiday in Singapore years ago. Sewed on a frog fastening, and it was done.
wool, cotton, rayon, elastic band, frog fastener
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