I may have mentioned that last Saturday was my birthday.
Generally, a weekend birthday is a good thing, but these days I just feel like Saturdays are for chores. Still, we made the most of it, had a slow morning, ate brunch and cake at a nice cafe, and made a trip in the afternoon to the Maybachufer fabric market.
Where I bought a lot of fabric.
I’m sure you’ll see a great deal of things pop up here in a the next few months, but for today, let’s talk about this beautiful forest green floral material.
I don’t know what it is. But I knew immediately what it was going to become, and started cutting the second I got home.
The simplest of designed with a slightly gathered mid-calf skirt, a square-ish bib, criss-cross ties and a overlapping back closure.
Here it is from the reverse, in the obligatory hanging-on-my-door photo:
The button is followed by a couple of snaps to allow me to wiggle in. I contemplated buttons all the way down but it seemed like
a) like way more work to do buttonholes (remember: Ikea machine, none of this ‘one push buttonhole nonsense)
b) less comfortable (who wants to sit on buttons)
c) more likely to gape/be screwed up by irreversibly wrong placement (don’t even ask my how many times I had to unpick and reposition those snaps!)
I didn’t bother interfacing the waist band, as the material is quite thick (I think it’s really a cushion material as opposed to a dress material). But the front bib has an extra ‘tail’ of a couple of centimetres that drops behind the waist, and kind of stabilises that area even more.
Do you see the chalk on the right cross strap? I originally planned to put matching cream buttons there, but then realised that the buttons I own are way too small, and would look kinda silly. I guess if I find something to suit I’ll add them on in post. But probably only as decorative, and not as functional buttons.
Autumn is fading fast so we took a few moments to take photos in amongst the remaining leaves. For the beauty, but also because this location is super close to my home, and it was very-definitely too cold to be out there without a coat.
Do you know how the weather lady described the rain situation for this weekend?
Which really has a bit of a pessimistic tone to it, don’t you think?
In any case, it did end (and in fact was for the most part only a rather pathetic drizzle), and we took some obligatory ‘standing awkwardly while looking at the sky’ shots.
Perfect for Summer, perfect for Winter*.
*you know, with a few extra layers on top as well.
If you told me a few years ago that I would be wearing this top, I probably would have laughed. I always hated pink, and I rarely used to wear anything with sleeves (because sweating is gross).
But here we are, at the tail end of 2017, and I have this incredible desire to buy all of the shirts! Specifically, to buy all of the 100% silk shirts (I am fancy don’t you know). And even more specifically, to buy all of the long-sleeved silk shirts that also have some kind of ruffle or bow down the front.
I suppose I have about 5 of them now. All second hand. And all ‘practically perfect in every way’.
Anyway, I think of this pale pink pretty as my ‘Cosette shirt’, because I wore it last month when dressing up like all of the characters from the musical Les Miserables to sing ‘One Day More’ in a video montage for my cousin’s 30th Birthday.
^Captured! The actual moment when a leave hit me smack in the face.
That’s all for now folks, until next time!