Good morning, friends! I hope you had a fun St. Patrick’s Day weekend. While the young’uns (meaning the college students and twenty-somethings prevalent in our neighborhood) frolicked in their rip-roaring ragers decked out in leprechaun hats, we quietly went about our business, wearing a little bit of green while drinking hot cocoa and reveling in the rare burst of sunshine.
So. I’ve been trying to listen to K’s plea for bolder, brighter clothing and this week’s outfit is my attempt at that. This here is a Honey Honey by Kate Spain fabric and is definitely bold and bright.
I’ve been seeing a lot of bubble dresses on and offline lately, and because it’s been a good while since I made one, I thought it would be fun to try a shirt version. The bubble shirt pattern is from this book.
Now the skirt…I LOVE this skirt. It’s Essex denim linen, of course, and Essex linen makes the world a better place, I’m convinced. I can’t remember where I got it from, but I stockpiled on the stuff because it’s beautiful. It’s a little darker than the denim I used for these pants. Those gathered pockets are such a great detail, don’t you think? The best part is that this skirt took less than an hour to make. SO easy. The pattern is from this book.
As for the metallic linen hoodie, I have mixed feelings about this top. I love this fabric. I used it for some of my art pieces and the texture, color, sheen and everything about it is gorgeous. I can’t find it online, but I got it from here; it looks like they are all sold out. I thought it would look like a chic, urban cool hoodie.
I cut the fabric weeks and weeks ago and as I gazed at the beauteous fabric, I started to get a sneaking dread that it looked…70s tacky. Like a disco ball made out of pipe cleaners or maybe like the men on old TV shows who walked around wearing shiny shirt unbuttoned to reveal unruly chest hair. I have an aversion to tacky.
I put it aside. And forgot about it. Then I saw this loveliness, and remembered the abandoned hoodie. I thought I would give it a shot, and I’m still on the fence about it.
Especially when it looks like a Klingon from the back.
The pattern is from this book. What do you think? Tacky or Urban Cool? K had no opinion either way. She just wanted to go play with friends and begged to be done with the photo shoot.
Anyway, there you have it: bolder, brighter with a subdued skirt thrown in.