Tartaned Up

Top: Dorothy Perkins

Cardigan: Eugenie Cashmere

Skirt: Vintage via eBay

Tights: mesop

Boots: Duo Boots

This is the second vintage tartan skirt that I “accidentally” bought from eBay. It’s even more schoolsy than the first, and I wore it with polkadot tights, knee-high boots, and a cashmere cardigan that I’ve sewn up the front so the buttons don’t gape.

It’s still pretty uniform-esque (I think it’s my beloved peterpan collar) so I added a cute vintage brooch that I bought of Etsy months and months ago:

Brooch: Vintage via You In Mind

It’s a little goldtone gumball machine, and the “candy” inside the dome actually moves around! It’s vintage, but they must be pretty common because I found this one on Etsy for a steal after getting pipped at the post trying to buy an identical one off eBay. A cursory search on Etsy brings up this one, and this one.

In a pretty decent act of Fail, I wore this brooch to the dentist. He laughed when he saw it, but I felt like a bit of an idiot. What? Sweetooth? Me?

May(de): Bye Baby Bunting

Cardigan: Cocolatte – Remixed

Skirt: Sussan

Tights: Sussan

Boots: Duo Boots

Still going!

Earlier in May(de) I showed you a remixed cardigan, and said that I was going to make another version of it in more pastel subdued colours. Well, here it is!

The colours are a little more vibrant in real life, but they’re all patterned fabrics (as you’ll see below).

I was delighted to discover – a few days after I completed the remix project – a pastel bunting necklace at Lovisa that matches pretty splendidly. I bought it, of course.

Necklace: Lovisa

The instructions are pretty much identical to my original remix, but I thought since I was going to make it anyway I may as well photograph it.

So, first off, you’ll need a cardigan, some tearaway backing paper, and an assortment of fabric for the bunting flags.

Cut the fabric into a number of small triangles. The first time I did a complicated mathematical equation to figure out exactly how many flags I needed. This time I winged it. Winging it is fine.

Take a fabric marker or a bit of chalk and mark where you’d like your string of flags to go.

Pin some tearaway backing paper onto the inside of the cardigan. I can’t actually stress how much you shouldn’t skip this step. Without it anything you try to sew onto the cardigan (especially those with a lot of stretch) will end up buckling and warping the fabric. I forgot to buy backing paper, so I used interfacing instead. It’s more expensive, but it does the job.

OK, time to pin your flags into place. I tried not to be too methodical, so they’ve got a random pattern going on. Personally I prefer that than going pink-blue-yellow-green-pink-blue-yellow etc etc.

Once you’ve got the flags pinned into place crank up your sewing machine, and sew them along the top (where the string would be if it were real bunting) using satin stitch.

Once that’s done switch to a regular stitch and go up and down the remaining two sides of the triangles. You can do this in one big zig zag. Oh, I should add that you can finish the sides of the triangles (before you sew them to the cardigan, obviously) with a zig zig edge to stop them fraying if you should so wish. I liked the shabby chic effect of the tatty edges, so I kept them.

Once your flags are attached it’s time to tear off of the backing paper…

And you’re done!