Simplicity 1366 and Burdastyle two piece
I was scrolling through our own Instagram feed a while ago (as some sad souls do, for entertainment) and I texted Klarissa with a simple message: ‘We’re so muted.’ She understood what I meant immediately, and agreed – then pointed out we have a fairly bright green somewhere way down the feed. Not always muted, she said. Just almost always.
There’s nothing wrong with being muted – we all have our colour preferences, and soft and ever so slightly dreary shades and subtle prints are no better or worse than brights or even neons (well….). But we agreed it would be good to do something totally loud one day. Thumbs up emoticons were exchanged – then we back to our greys and chambrays and didn’t think much more about it.
Then our friend and occasional contributor of sewing loveliness, Kimberley, mentioned she was working on a two-piece for a family wedding, but was worried it would be TOO BRIGHT. My heart skipped a beat and I heavied her on the spot into sharing it once the wedding was done – because why take daring colour risks when you can outsource the task to far more adventurous pals?
So the wedding’s happened, the smitten couple are honeymooning somewhere tropical and we’re rapt to share Kimberley’s amazing wedding two piece. And I’m sure you’ll all agree that of course it’s not too bright. It’s just awesomely, totally, perfectly bright. And tropical. And fun (how could you not be the life of the party in this outfit?)
The fabric Kimberley chose is a structured silk-cotton from the Fabric Store. It’s so lovely in real life – super soft with a gorgeous, non-shiny polish in very, very vibrant reds, greens and blues. I suspect it’s a fabric that screams ‘go two piece or go home’, because the Fabric Store itself posted a photo a few weeks back of the very same fabric in a ruffled top and shorts set.
So for some make details. Kimberley kept the top simple by sewing up a tried and true favourite, Simplicity 1366, then went totally crazy-brave on the pants by hacking a Burdastyle fly-front boyfriend trouser pattern with back welt pockets. She made some adjustments by omitting the front piece, converting the front fly to an invisible zip on the side, and adding elastic cuffs. The welt pockets were made using this Craftsy tutorial and I must assure you – they’re perfect. Total welt envy all around. In fact, total outfit envy all around – we just love it.
I’ll admit that two piece sets had been a bit off my radar of late – it seemed for a while they were everywhere and then I stopped giving them much thought. Until I saw Beyonce’s Formation video a couple of months ago – and haven’t stopped thinking since about the matching skirt/top combo she wears in the opening scene. It’s Gucci (of course) and really gorgeous and I’ll confess to a twinge of anxiety in the final scene when she gets submerged in water in it. It’s a powerful image and I really like that her music and performances are becoming increasingly political, but a tiny part of me couldn’t help but think: Oh Bey, I’m pretty sure that Gucci is dry clean only.
Anyway, since Beyonce and her Gucci and now Kimberley and her tropical two piece I’ve started seeing fresh new matching sets everywhere and loving them all – two pieces have real staying power! Melbourne brand Obus is doing it. Melbourne brand Kuwaii is doing it. Rosie Assoulin’s doing it. And I pledge here and now that it’s not long before I have a try. Probably in a soft charcoal or blue (haha). I’ll leave the bright prints to Kimberley because I couldn’t possible top this one.