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Off to the races, giddy up!

Added Nov 12, 2012

by Rachael Hayes

Melbourne, Austr...






I made this outfit to wear to one of Melbourne’s horse racing days – Oaks Day – the Thursday meeting of the Spring Racing Carnival. The peplum top was very easy to make and I will try another I am sure. The skirt it just a plain pencil skirt (no waist band). Pattern was from my collection of underutlised patterns.

I altered the top by adding a simple block waist band. This provided some additional length to combat my longer than typical torso. I also moved the zip from the centre back to under the arm. I omitted the small sleve and interface the neck and arm holes to give the outfit a more ‘spring’ appearance.

A clever friend made the hat for me.

Material Notes

The fabric was cheap at $3 metre. I am not sure what it was but it had a thick satin feel. It was lovely to work with and lovely to wear and remained looking neat for the whole day.

The shoes and matching bag cost considerably more but they tied the outfit together and provided some colour.




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    Nov 14, 2012, 01.50 PMby b. boop

    very nice!!! i love ;)

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    Nov 14, 2012, 05.56 AMby Rachael Hayes

    Thanks all – first time I have ever posted a project. So nice to get comments!

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    Nov 14, 2012, 02.29 AMby quiltsewsewsue

    The coppery touches look great with the black!

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    Nov 13, 2012, 07.59 AMby Mary Athey

    Fab outfit!! i made the same in white. i.ve also made about 8 of the tops mostly for my mum lol. thid outfit lookd very classy on you.well done x

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    Nov 13, 2012, 06.57 AMby schnui

    You look lovely and I think the skirt and peplum top are perfect for you. You have made them both beautifully. As for the shoes and handbag, they are perfect and finish everything off so well.

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    Nov 13, 2012, 02.44 AMby anikissed

    Looking good! I need to think of something to wear to the races here in Perth in a few weeks… No idea what I’m going to do!


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