Mini midweeker – well, you want to see the beachwear, right?

IMG_3140Sorry 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!

IMG_3144I 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 IMG_3139only 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.

IMG_3143I 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!

tues1This has turned into a longer-than-planned post because, well frankly, I got overexcited and started showing off!  Sorry.

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!

About Dawn Phillips

Have you ever just woken up and felt the need to make something? A burning desire to be creative? Well I get that feeling frequently and recently I've been embracing it ... and BOOM, it feels good! Over the last couple of years, I've been learning to sew and have become increasingly curious about dressmaking and pattern cutting. What strikes me is how generous people are with their knowledge and experience. I'm still very much a novice, but happy to share what I've learnt (and continue to learn) on this blog. Now, when I'm sewing, I like to reward myself. Not just at the end of the project, but at certain milestones. Perhaps when I get the second sleeve in or decide that the zip I've inserted doesn't look too shabby. Sometimes the treat will be in the form of a much-needed loo break or a change of playlist, but more often than not, it's a snack! Yep, you've guessed it Columbo, snacking is big business in my day. I'll be sharing my sewing and snacking news on here a few times a week and will chuck in the odd tutorial for good measure. Please join in with your own news and successes so that we can create a fabulous sewing and snacking community!
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4 Responses to Mini midweeker – well, you want to see the beachwear, right?

  1. magentaroseuk says:


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  2. Fabulous. Adding the bling at the waist was inspired.

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