Firstly I was thinking about entering because I thought it would be fun to do. I was trying to make a plan around what I had planned to make in my upcoming sewing sessions. And it wasn’t really working for me. I was trying to incorporate casual, work, and evening and the patterns were all over the place. And while things would have technically *gone together* they weren’t outfits I would have ever worn.
Enter an MC gig I did recently where I wore this silk jacket that has languished in the back of my wardrobe for about 4 years. I love it, I did a great job making it, but I don’t wear it and don’t know what to wear it with. But on this day, an afternoon concert where I was both singing and MCing, it seemed perfect. I put on my favourite pair of pants from my favourite NZ designer, WORLD and it was awesome.
Except that I had literally nothing to wear underneath the jacket and I ended up wearing a piece of underwear. It was perfectly modest, although so much cleavage on display (not my usual MO) that both Husband and one of my besties remarked on it:
- Alex: Whoa babe, that’s a lot of boob!
- Bestie: Nom, you’ve got the girls out!!
I have no photos for evidence, but even I thought my cleave looked impressive.
I do have an entirely separate wardrobe for evening. It mostly consists of full length gowns and cocktail dresses. The sort of thing you can see from space in some instances. However, I am realising as I get older, that the type of performing I am doing requires some more low key mix and match options.
And, I’m not gonna lie, I saw an episode of the latest series of Project Runway and Nina Garcia was wearing some killer evening pants and I thought “I have to get me some”.
So using my already made silk jacket, introducing The Evening SWAP!
- Bias cut camisole x3
- Shell top, perhaps with french darts
- Lace t-shirt
- Cigarette pants
- Wide leg pants
- Bias cut skirt
- Layered chiffon skirt TBC
- Already made silk blazer
- Kimono style jacket
- Sheer over top TBC
- The camis and the bias cut skirt will be made using the Vogue nightgown pattern View C
- The shell top, the lace t-shirt and the TBC over top will be made using my pattern block
- Cigarette pants, I’m thinking of using this Butterick pattern
- Wide leg pants using the Simple Sew Culottes pattern with some modifications
- Skirt, from the bottom of my vintage vogue dress pattern Vogue 8728
- Jacket, already made using New Look 6035
- Kimono Jacket, Named Emse Cardi or the vintage Simplicity – or maybe a mash up of both…
- Silver quilted style fabric purchased using Fabric Store voucher – cigarette pants and shell top.
- Silver satin purchased from a bridal shop that was closing down – camisole and bias cut skirt
- Green chiffon (a little darker than showing in the photo), gifted from sister from recent second-hand fabric haul – camisole and layered chiffon skirt
- Navy blue stretch lace purchased from the same bridal shop as #2 – lace t-shirt
- Black spotty crepe backed satin as seen here purchased second hand – camisole and wide leg pants
- Cherry printed gun-metal satin purchased from a school fair for 50c! (keys included for scale) – kimono top and potentially a layer in the green skirt
I am lucky to have these pretty damn special fabrics just sitting in my stash, which I want to use as the basis of my SWAP. #1 was purchased for SWAP with a $50 Fabric Store voucher a delightful colleague gave me.
For fabric#2 I’m cutting it a little fine on fabric, but I think I can do it. For #5, if I can’t make the camisole as well as the pants, I might allow myself to purchase some black silk or burn out velvet for the cami.
Having planned this out more thoroughly I now know that I need to buy another metre of #1 – glad I worked that out now! If I make the sheer over top, I may need to purchase some fabric that suits. But that will probably just encourage me to make the skirt instead.
I will let myself purchase some (hopefully second-hand) trims and notions. Definitely thinking some fringing for the kimono.
As far as I can see the only outfit combo that might not work will be the silk blazer with the cigarette pants and the shell top. Colour wise the mother of pearl and bright silver don’t really float my boat totally.
I don’t see myself wearing the silver cami with the cigarette pants, but all four other tops will be killer with those so no biggie.
In terms of era, style or particular inspiration it’s a bit all over the place: a bit of 30s, a bit of 60s, and a slight nod to the 90s. Really it’s the function and the colour that are leading, and while it would be nice to have a compelling story to run alongside, I will content myself without. However if anyone (*cough cough* Steph, Kate) can see any clear inspiration or story I can incorporate, please sing out.