Foiled

Frocks and Frou Frou Frocks and Frou Frou Frocks and Frou Frou Frocks and Frou FrouTop: DIY (similar-ish here)

Skirt: DIY (similar-ish here)

Shoes: Naturaliser

Look, I’ll be honest. I’m not entirely sure about this outfit. I was aiming for the kind of effortlessly cool, boxy, layered look that I’m always seeing on the Gorman website but it’s not my usual silhouette, and I think the effect of boxy-cropped-tee and full-pleated-skirt isn’t doing my figure many favours.

Oh well, you win some you lose some, amirite? I’ve worn the top much more successfully with skinny jeans on a shopping trip as well, and got lots of positive comments from people about it.

It’s a DIY project that I made with some gold-foil printed cotton knit from (where else?) Spotlight. The pattern that I used was the super simple New Look 6838, but I tweaked it a little to bring the length up, and make the sleeves elbow length.

NewLook 6838I made it in an XL which should have fit perfectly, but was huuuuge, as you can see. It’s got a gloriously wide boatneck neckline though, and I’ll definitely be using the pattern again (a little downsized, this time!)

Frocks and Frou FrouI thought the gold foil stripes would pair nicely with the gold foil dots on my pleated skirt, and I think it has, but the shape of the outfit is just a bit… off.

Meanwhile, I didn’t wash the jersey before I sewed with it (naughty naughty) and it shrank in a major way… but only horizontally, annoyingly. So the top’s even more cropped, but still as boxy, and, well: It’s my mooching-about-the-house-with-boxer-shorts tee now. My boyfriend loves it, but don’t expect to see it on the blog again any time soon!

7 thoughts on “Foiled

  1. I love the skirt and love the top – and power to you for posting something that yes, perhaps didn’t work quite the way you thought it might (or would have liked to) – too often we never see the things that don’t quite go to plan. You are one talented lady 🙂

  2. It appears to me that your top is too wide in the shoulders. If you remove the sleeves and insert them about an inch closer to the center, I think you’ll find the look closer to what you intended.

  3. Love it on you! I understand your not thrilled with it, but I love those 2 fabrics together!! I totally see what you were going for..give it some time, it may grow on you 🙂

  4. I think you are absolutely rocking this look! Love the combination of the fabrics and I think the silhouette is a success – you’re just not used to seeing yourself in something like this. We all have those moments … baby steps! x

  5. I like the idea but you are right, it does your figure no favours. Actually I don’t think boxy anything does a plus-size figure any favours – if you have curves and a waist, that is, which you do. It might work better with a pair of skinny jeans though, or a straight skirt.

    • I was going to say something similar – those pieces, as they currently are, don’t really mesh. You’d be better off playing with the proportion – a slightly (more) fitted top (what about some princess seams to nip in the waist a bit?), with that skirt, or that top with some skinny jeans.

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