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Utu + Freya = 90s outfit of dreams!

There are times when you just know that two patterns will work so well together for an outfit idea you’ve just dreamed up. In this case it was the Utu pinafore from the Named book Breaking the Pattern and the Freya sweater from the Tilly and the Buttons’ book Stretch!

I’d been sitting on this beautiful dark green plaid fabric for ages. (OMG – I just did the math and it was bought around SEVEN years ago!😱). It was a lovely suiting weight fabric I got from Lewisham market back when I worked around there. I’ve no idea on the composition but it feels lovely. This was just the project it had been waiting for!

I also managed to find a piece of rib knit fabric from Stoff & Stil that had been earmarked for some basic tees and vests which I’d never gotten round to making.

Armed with these two fabrics and the two books I got to sewing! And from start to finish it took me just a few hours to get the entire outfit made including tracing off and adjusting the patterns!

Neither pattern was new to me. I’d done a hack of the Utu pattern last December (check it out here) so I had a good idea of the fit. The Freya I’d made just once before when I had tested the pattern prior to the book launch (check it out here).

And although these versions are quite different to the ones I’d made before, it meant I knew the general construction principles and could get to sewing full speed ahead!

For the pinafore I made a size and took 2 cm out from the waist.

For the sweater I made a size 5 and ended up taking in the shoulders slightly. I made the long turtleneck version which is a hack listed in the book! I made my turtleneck piece 1cm wider than the original so that it wasn’t too tight around my neck – I hate feeling like I’m being strangled by my clothing!

Unfortunately I don’t think these photos show up the lovely plaid fabric particularly well! In real life it has a dark forest green background with navy and red crisscrossing lines across it!

It’s the perfect transitional season outfit!

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