I have finally finished the New Look 6446 tropical jumpsuit which I fashioned out of a H&M tablecloth I bought in the sale last summer.
I wasn't too worried about making any mistakes on this due to the copious amounts of tablecloth fabric still left and saw it as a learning curve in terms of construction and if I felt comfortable wearing a jumpsuit style garment.
Spoiler alert! It is fab. I wore it this afternoon and it is so comfy and breezy.
I thought it would be a fun outfit to wear on the last day of Me-Made-May and in a rather strange circle of fate, I started MMM with my Melilot shirt in the exact same fabric.
I wore it during a creative adventure in Belgravia at a portraiture workshop with artist Dan Whiteson to celebrate the V&A Frida Kahlo exhibition.
I had made my usual bodice adjustments to the paper pattern (grading from one size bust to the next size up at the waist) but when I tried it on after fixing the lining inside it gaped quite a bit either side under my arms. I had to slightly unpick a section and remove an extra 1cm from under the arm each side grading out to nothing at the waist. This did the trick and the bodice fits really nicely.
|The zip is neatly finished with hand-sewn bias binding that I bought from Ray Stitch|
The straps still need about 1cm removing from the length as they had a tendency to slip off my shoulders at points during the afternoon. Overall, I am really happy with my new jumpsuit and I am looking forward to making some more in a more conservative palette.
Here are some gorgeous photos of Belgravia in Bloom where all the floral displays were inspired by Frida Kahlo.
Here are the drawings I produced during the one-hour portraiture workshop.
|10 minutes into the 25-minute self-portrait using chalk pastels focusing on tone only to start with|
|Frida Kahlo's self-portraits were available for reference|
|25-minute sketch using chalk pastels and charcoal - I look like a unicorn zombie!|
|The rest of the class' self-portraits - I love the one to the left of mine. Such powerful and striking lines!|
Have you made anything outside your comfort zone recently?
Workshop information for the Frida's Belgravia celebration can be found here.