Sorry to interrupt your evening, but I’ve got photos of the beachwear combo as modelled by the lovely Shannon in Greece. I thought you might want to take a look. She’s clearly having a great time! How nice for her 😉
Inspiration for this little combo came from the ‘Holiday Shops’ in places like River Island but to buy both shorts and kimono was around £60! So, I breathed new life into this very pretty net curtain, added some trim and hey presto, a beach combo was born!
I drafted the pattern myself, which was surprisingly easy. It reminded me how much I enjoyed the pattern drafting course I took at London College of Fashion. The message I took away with me was just to look around shops at how garments are constructed, how they differ from each other and how many pattern pieces are used. Once I started drafting, it all came flooding back and I found that I could make the top from a single back piece and two identical front pattern pieces. The shorts were a bit trickier as I needed two identical front pieces and two identical back pieces plus a waistband. I also decided at the last minute to use a double layer of fabric on the shorts (to provide some modesty!) and use up a bit more of my enormous net. I still made them a little too small initially but managed to adjust them before they flew off on hols, otherwise Shannon’s legs would probably be blue in these photos!
The pair of net curtains (Habitat) cost me £5 in Age UK and I only used one curtain to make this entire outfit. This means I could go totally nuts and hang the other one in Shannon’s window to freak her out!
I was following the River Island white, lacy theme but you could easily use some other lightweight or silky fabric. I noticed some funky polka dot net in The Creative Sanctuary the other day that would be perfect if you fancied giving this project a go. They have it in black or white, I’m quite tempted to make a black version for myself.
I used 4 metres of this pom-pom trim, which I picked up in a new shop called Sew Contemporary. I think it cost me around £5.
The finishing touch was a Beyoncé-inspired bit of glitz in the form of a necklace from a sale rail in New Look. It was reduced to £2 so I chopped both ends off (I had purchased it at this point, I’m not crazy!) and carefully hand-stitched it to the front waistband of the shorts.
So, taking into account that I only used one curtain (£2.50), my total spend on this project was about £9.50! Better than sixty quid!
I’ll just quickly show you what I’ve been snacking on today. My daughter Kiera and I made these (very dark it now seems) Mary Berry chocolate cookies from the good lady’s Baking Bible. What a quick and easy recipe! Mary warns the baker to expect odd shaped cookies but some really did look very unappetising…so I naturally ate those ones to save anyone recoiling in horror!
Anyway, I’ll let you get back to whatever you were doing before I popped up in your inbox. Do let me know what you are sewing or snacking on at the mo! I’m about to combine both of my hobbies and make a top from fabric that looks like Neapolitan ice-cream!