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My attempt at an ?edgy outfit

Added Apr 21, 2013

by The Tropical...

Singapore, Singa...






I really like the idea of being edgy – though I’m sure I’m quite often far off the mark. And I will be good and admit to being vain and pretentious :)

This is a completely trend-driven outfit – high-low hem! skinny leggings! heel-less shoes! While I’m not usually trend driven I admit to being curious about these particular ones for a while, and it’s funny how they all came together without my actually planning them!

This is my first attempt at a complete outfit that is not a dress. The top is a mash-up of two Burda tops. I was inspired by #129 from Burda 4/2012 – a lovely high-low chiffon-layered-over-satin long top. And I took the cowl neck from the plus-size #139 top from the same issue. This is my very first cowl neck, and I didn’t quite know how to resize plus down to regular, but with all that room for error I’m glad it turned out ok.

The leggings I traced off from a pair of my own, made some modifications (basically eliminating the side seam and adding fabric around the seat – my glorious bottom makes my regular leggings split right across the back seam!) and it was good to go.

All in all both garments were very simple. Each took me under 2 hours to make, including drafting and modifying the patterns. Not at all high-level sewing. But I wanted something a little darker, punkier, rock-ier than my usual vintage-inspired/mod dresses, yet that would qualify as everyday wear. I guess I reached my aim.

Material Notes

Found the delightful cat print polyester satin at Spotlight, and it counts as one of my more extravagant fabric purchases (14.00 per metre). It does drape beautifully though, and my excuse is that I’ve recently conquered my fear of sewing with a-little-bit-slippery materials.

The black legging fabric was a steal at the same excursion – a wet-look spandex type with leopard-print velvet flocking! It was reduced from around 35.00 per metre to the grand price of 4.99 permetre so I snapped up 3 metres of it. Now I don’t know what to do with so much, especially since I’ve found that the velvet bits rub off with friction! I’ve been leaving little black bits behind on the chairs when I get off :((

Each garment took less than a metre of the above-mentioned fabric.





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    Apr 22, 2013, 05.29 AMby smallone

    Girl you look fabulous! ..even though edgier i love that the fabric on the top is very you :)

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      Apr 23, 2013, 05.25 PMby The Tropical Sewist

      Aw, thanks! I’m such a sucker for silly prints…I wonder when I’ll ever grow up? Lol

      Haven’t seen you around for quite a bit…what have you been up to of late?

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      May 2, 2013, 05.22 AMby smallone

      waaay too much work and nearly enough sewing :) …i have a couple of things in the works that are progressing all be it sloooooowly.

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    Apr 21, 2013, 11.06 PMby schnui

    You look amazing and those shoes are the perfect finish!!! Love your edgy outfit and envy your ability to walk in such great shoes.

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      Apr 23, 2013, 05.27 PMby The Tropical Sewist

      Thanks so much! The shoes were the inspiration for the outfit…I saw them online and had to have them, and dreamt the outfit up around them. Sadly they don’t quite fit right, and I can’t really walk in them. So I will be returning them, they are just for that photo shoot !

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    Apr 21, 2013, 08.08 PMby Zsuzso

    Great outfit. How far can you walk in those shoes if you don’t mind me asking ?

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      Apr 23, 2013, 05.31 PMby The Tropical Sewist

      Well, considering how impossible they look, they are actually surprisingly practical. They are weighted in the sole, so they are really no great feat to walk in. if I remember to keep my weight forward, I’d sure I would be able to get through an evening fine. A cocktail-and-sit-down-dinner evening I mean, not traipsing through the malls! I might have been able to traipse some in my younger days, sadly I no longer have the tolerance for heels I used to have!

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    Apr 21, 2013, 07.39 PMby turtlegirl00

    amazing!! i love it ALL! The leggings are fantastic and the top is so fun. Stellar job!

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    Apr 21, 2013, 07.05 PMby Mary Athey

    oh my!!!! i love this whole ensomble on you. you look gorgeous . the fabric in the top is fabulous as is the leggings and don’t get me started on your shoes . you look like a proper rock chick xx

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      Apr 23, 2013, 05.35 PMby The Tropical Sewist

      Thank you! Sadly the shoes, amazing as they look, are really quite impractical for my lifestyle and I have very few occasions to really dress up. I was just curious about those sorts of shoes, found them at a great price and couldn’t resist! And since I won’t be able to last an evening in them, I’ll probably return them. Pity!

      Thankfully I won’t/can’t return the top and leggings :))

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      Apr 23, 2013, 05.53 PMby Mary Athey

      i bought a pair of fabulous shoe boots from ebay. they’re purple grey and mustard suede with pimk soles and are gorgeous. i did’nt read much about them so when they came i was shocked at the heel on them lol. they’re like 5/6" and i’m 5"8. i’ll be gigantic in them lol. they’re still in the box x

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      Apr 25, 2013, 07.41 AMby The Tropical Sewist

      Ooh they sound gorgeous! Wear them on the photo shoot in the castle! If you’re the only person in the photo no-one can tell how big you are lol :)

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    Apr 21, 2013, 04.55 PMby liliv-1


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      Apr 23, 2013, 05.35 PMby The Tropical Sewist

      Thank you for your sweet comment!

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      Apr 23, 2013, 08.44 PMby liliv-1

      The whole outfit is exactly as you described it : edgy and interesting…and I could kill for these shoes

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      Apr 24, 2013, 06.00 AMby The Tropical Sewist

      I’m actually thinking of returning those shoes – they were a whacking good deal but I really haven’t got many occasions to use them, and I can’t remain upright in them for very long! Shall I send them over to you :)

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      Apr 24, 2013, 08.41 AMby liliv-1

      Oh no! keep these shoes….. they are very stylish and they look as if they were created to be worn with your top and leggings!!

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