I’m trying to bring thisischichi.co.uk back to the niche that I started it with originally and focus more on fashion from a design and artistic practice perspective than a styling one. Therefore you’ll being a lot more runway reports (such as my latest on Valentino’s pre-fall 2015 collection), DIY tutorials, advice for other students and my own work.
I’ve been meaning to share this dress on my blog for a while now. It is one of the easiest, fastest and simplest item of clothing I have ever made before and I assure you even with only a basic knowledge of dressmaking you can attempt this DIY. I needed something smart to wear to a family event that wasn’t too dressy or evening wear-ish so I pulled together this pinafore in about 40minutes. This may seem like a long time to some but after slaving over intricate corsets and fitted floor-length fishtail gowns in my textiles coursework it seems like a dream to finish one garment in under an hour. I recycled the fabric from a skirt I made and wore in this post, which was £2 a metre from Portobello Market!
This pinafore dress consists of two pattern pieces and elastic straps. I didn’t line it because I only intended to wear it to one event, therefore I didn’t really need it to be that durable (however I feel now that I will re-wear it again and again) however I did hem everything for a clean finish. To design the shapes of the two pieces you can use a dress you already own as a guide for the length and create any neckline/ back shape you want! Its so simple. I chose a V-neck cut because I thought that would work really well layered on top of polo necks and fishnet tops. I styled it over a black top with slits on the elbows because I am really loving layering monochrome with patterned pieces at the moment. I also wore lace up heeled boots and a leather jacket to carry on the grungey look. Would you like to see more of my handmade pieces incorporated into my personal style posts?
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