It’s a DIY: Neutrals on Neutrals

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We are 3 months into the new year and I’ve finally gotten my creative juices going. I guess some people jump into January, ready to tackle their new year’s resolutions, while I like to slowly ease my way into mine. I’ve been making time to get back into the flow of sewing and creating again after all the stress of 2020.

One of my most recent creations entailed doing something out of the norm and it all started with a hat. I purchased this wide brim hat (from here) and decided to work around it. The hat lead to digging through my fabric stash to find a soft and lightweight cashmere. I later ran across some suiting fabric that I thought would work well as a pair of trousers. Then viola, before I knew it I had a whole look and to my surprise, it was an entire neutral look.

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To create the blouse, I used an oversized turtleneck I already own. Sometimes the idea of creating a pattern or using a commercial one is just too taxing. So I just took the turtleneck, laid it out on the cashmere fabric, traced, and cut. It reminded me of when I started learning how to sew and reading patterns was just too confusing and frustrating. To be honest, it felt nostalgic and I really need to do it more often.

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I created the pants using New Look 6643 palazzo pant pattern. I added 5 inches to the legs to make them wide leg pants and omitted the belt loops. This was a pretty easy and straight forward pattern to use. My only issue I had with the pattern is that the pockets didn’t lay as flat as I would like them to. I thought it was just a curvy girl issue or that I didn’t extend the inches around the hip. But I later read reviews from others who used this pattern and they said the same thing. Because I would like to make these pants again and even the skirt option, I will be researching how to fix the pocket problem. To complete the look, I threw on my favorite sneakers at the moment (from here).

Neutrals are not usually my go to color options. I am truly all about color, bright prints, or just all black. But after creating this look, I can officially say that I will be adding more neutrals to my closet.

Neutrals on neutrals long sleeve cashmere sweater and trousers by a palm plant.
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  1. March 24, 2021 / 9:21 am

    I love this look. So chic. I have this same pattern. I might give it a go soon. Even though color may be your usual jam, you are really rocking this neutral look.

    • ChiChi
      March 24, 2021 / 10:13 am

      Thank you so much. Yeah…the pattern wasn’t too complicated at all even with the pocket issues.

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