The announcement of this edition of the ‘Designin December’ challenge was done a few weeks ago. ‘Designin December’ is all about finding a designer original garment and make your designer me-made copy. I decided to make a two-piece part outfit suitable for Boxing Day and the days towards New Year. So here is my Homemade two-piece ‘Designin December’ 2017 party outfit story.
Fabric and ideas for the homemade two-piece party outfit
Both fabric for the cardigan came from a fabric swap. Liesje and I know each order from a sewing group. We organized a fabric swap a few months ago. Liesje used both fabrics for a Grainline Studio Linden sweater and had some large leftovers. She picked a fabric from my stash and the swapdeal was done. I started with looking on the internet to find a designers garment. I’m a huge fan of Chanel but I decided to go for another designer. I found a beautiful Valentino cardigan with a lace front. It looked perfect due to the fact it also had a kind of ‘Chanel feeling’ and while I was looking round a little bit further I saw a black and white Michael Kors jeans. I had a zebra print fabric in my stash and I was ready to start.
Patterns for the homemade two-piece ‘Designin December’ 2017 party outfit
I used the LMV Bloom sweater pattern to make my cardigan. The shoulder seam is made a little longer just like the armpit. I made the Michael Kors copy from my TNT jeans pattern. Trying to lay the pattern of the cardigan on the pieces of leftover fabrics was time consuming but after a while I found the best lay-out. The jeans was easy peasy. One of the great advantages of using a TNT pattern.
Stitching the homemade two-piece ‘Designin December’ 2017 party outfit together
I came a while ago across a link on IG shared by Elizabeth Made This. She made the ITC Lissabon cardigan in less then one hour. Everyone who reads my blogposts might have noticed that I always share time to make a homemade item. While stitching the cardigan a stopwatch would be my companion just like Elizabeth did. I locked my seams and when I was finished Elizabeth was almost already with her cardigan. Basting, flat seams, inserting sleeves, making slits, decorative topstitching and sewing snaps by hand are time consumers but give a great looking end result. The jeans has some great looking topstitching as well.
Other combinations with my Homemade two-piece ‘Designin December’ 2017 party outfit
I always think carefully about my makes. It must fit in my wardrobe plans. The Named Talvikki sweater is also part of my December outfit. Two jeans, some sweaters, a couple of t-shirts and this cardigan are hanging in my wardrobe together. We visit friends and family and it’s great to pick an outfit easy without looking further and having a great looking combination.
Time and Costs
Time for the cardigan: LMV Bloom sweater pattern alterations 45 minutes; finding the best pattern lay-out, tracing and cutting 60 minutes; sewing almost 5 hours; sewing snaps by hand 2 hours
Time for the jeans: cutting 45 minutes, stitching 9 hours
Costs for the cardigan: fabric came from a swap, yarn € 3,00, snaps € 1,60
Costs for the jeans: fabric for the jeans € 25,00, fabric for the pockets € 2,50, yarn € 5,00, interfacing € 0,50, button € 0,60