THIS IS NOT WHAT THEY MEAN BY SLOW FASHION

WHEN you hear talk of  'slow fashion', taking an entire summer to craft one top is not exactly what's meant, but it's tru...

WHEN you hear talk of  'slow fashion', taking an entire summer to craft one top is not exactly what's meant, but it's true, this top was an idea at the beginning of summer. 

I wanted to use the fabric in a wrap skirt I'd found at an op shop, but the panels weren't wide enough to cut a front and back. My solution was to leave the back open and use the skirt's existing wide hems, running down the length of the open drops.

An open-back tank needed a layer underneath. In my mind I saw a knitted singlet underneath, longer than the tank and knitted in a raw cotton yarn on big needles.

I had in my stash just the yarn, and an old 1980s Handmade magazine was the source for the pattern. A little hand stitching around the tank's hems in a straw-coloured embroidery cotton, and the look's just as I'd imagined. 

With family stuff, a change in job, Christmas, Easter - you name it - it's only taken an entire season (and then some) to complete. Thankfully, Sydney's weather is still so warm I've been able to get wear from it before the season turns. 

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  1. OOooo this is very gorgeous! Nevermind how long it took to make it! What a beautiful combination of fabrics.

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    1. Thank you. I am pretty chuffed, if I do say so myself.

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  2. Glad I found your blog Katie, right up my alley. Gotta say it's a very cool top though. Slow fashion, slow food...it's all good :)

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    1. Likewise, I've just gone and had a browse. I'll be back. Thanks for the comments on the top. I love when an idea actually turns out the way it was imagined.

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