don’t be mellow, be yellow

who can stay mellow when they wear yellow? at least i can’t and won’t.

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self-made dress & pink necklace, yellow necklace from India, Indiska bracelet, Just Kulkith shoes, batik bag from Indonesia.

so the test i did by making this top was all meant for this dress. i used pattern no. 133 from BurdaStyle magazine 06/2015, which is basically the same pattern as the one i used for the top (132) plus the dress pattern. they’re all in kids size, so i just used the biggest, which is for 158 cm tall girls.

picture borrowed from BurdaStyle.com

i got this fabric/sarong the last time i went to Bali, Indonesia… that was, uh, 2010. it was one of those cheap & beautiful sarongs sold on the street markets, about 115 cm x 160 cm in size, which are meant to be used as bikini covers, beach mats, dresses… whatever you please, actually. it’s 100% rayon, and usually the print is handmade using batik technique, hence the uneven colourings & patterns. but those are exactly the reason i love it: imperfection makes us human. 🙂

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i don’t really remember why i even bought this sarong in the first place, i think it was because i ran out of clean clothes. 😀 this was a quick fix as i could wrap it around me and put a belt, and that’s it. or maybe it was because my mum-in-law wanted to buy some, too, and the vendor said that if we bought plenty, she would give us good discount. haha! well, whatever the reason was, i already planned to sew it into something else than a sarong one day. the day never came until now!

this kind of double layered dress has been kind of a trend this summer, as i saw the displays of H&M, Gina Tricot, Mango, Cubus, and the likes. and of course i had been examining those dresses to know how it’s made. luckily for me, the BurdaStyle mag had the pattern so i didn’t need to draft my own!

due to the small-ish size of my fabric, i had to modify the “under” dress pieces into a lot more narrow shape than the original one. but actually i think it’s a good move, because i saw that somebody else did it as it was supposed to be, and it turned out to be so wide that she had to put elastic band on the waist.

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i again added sleeves instead of just using shoulder straps, and this time i think i succeeded into making the sleeves to look more like what i had envisioned. it took me a while to figure out how to attach them to the dress, but once i had, pffftt… that was easy! 😀

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wearing this dress puts a smile on my face. maybe it’s because i got reminded of my trip to Indonesia. maybe it’s because the fabric was made in Indonesia. or maybe, just because it’s yellow.

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so let’s not be mellow. bid farewell to August, and say hello to September!

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