ADA SPRAGG | DIY Two-Piece-Sets | Salme Patterns 'Hannah' Top & Vogue 1247

Fashion is a funny thing, hey?! Take it back a month or two and you couldn’t have paid me to leave the house in a matching set. Or you could, but it would have cost you a lot of fabric.  And here we are, me in my first edition to Two-Piece SET-ACULAR feeling pretty fine and dandy and you, probably asking Two-Piece Set-WHAT-ular and wondering if you’ve stepped back onto the set of Clueless. So, let’s recap. In This week’s See It Sew It post, I admitted a growing fondness for this 90’s throwback trend of matching sets, or’ Co-ords’, and invited the Blogosphere in for a Two-Piece Set-acular! And yes, I was a leetle bit nervous that it might be a party for one so I’m pretty flippin happy that you guys want to play along! Literally tongue hanging out to see your sets. As for a time frame in which to sew & blog / instagram your makes, I’m declaring August (or between now and then) official two-piece fiesta month! ADA SPRAGG | DIY Two-Piece-Sets | Salme Patterns 'Hannah' Top & Vogue 1247ADA SPRAGG | DIY Two-Piece-Sets | Salme Patterns 'Hannah' Top & Vogue 1247

Ok, so I mentioned here that why this trend is so much fun is that pretty much anything goes. There are all sorts of silhouettes that make for rockin two piece sets and I got all inspired and sketched up some combo’s that work with suggestions for sewing patterns you could use. This is a the perfect time to experiment with new shapes & styles OR return to those favourite sewing patterns, the ones you know and love and feel good in, which for me are these two: the Hannah Top by Salme patterns, previously sewn here, and Vogue 1247, from this recent polka+ floral combo.  I think these two patterns work together as a Two-Piece Set because there is balance between the snug-ish skirt and the loose boxy fit of the top. The skirt is relatively short but the top has a high-neck, which all make me feel comfortable and not ‘exposed’.

ADA SPRAGG | DIY Two-Piece-Sets | Salme Patterns 'Hannah' Top & Vogue 1247

How LOUD you like your two-piece sets is a matter of personal preference. I think this one is pretty tame really and proves that can do this trend with subtlety too. It all has a lot to do with the fabrics you choose. This print, a plain cotton check, is not something I’d usually go for except that I had a vision of it becoming something a little left of centre. It’s not a fabric you’d expect to see in a 90’s style crop or a two piece set, which is why it’s so FUN! But both pieces have slotted so easily into my closet as separates too.  The top often gets worn with this pencil skirt, while bottom half looks cute with a white tee & my RTW navy blazer. Together they’ve made my hand-made closet more versatile, especially because the print is kind of neutral. So,  a great idea before you start on your two-piece is to consider how it will mingle with the other items already in your closet. And when that sad day comes when no-body is wearing matching sets again, you don’t have to retire it! ADA SPRAGG | DIY Two-Piece-Sets | Salme Patterns 'Hannah' Top & Vogue 1247ADA SPRAGG | DIY Two-Piece-Sets | Salme Patterns 'Hannah' Top & Vogue 1247

Top // Size? 10 Mods? Extended the neck facing down into a full lining for more stability (fabric is quite light). Loved? The facing makes for an uber clean finish around the neck and armholes. Just cos? I made a matching self-cover button which didn’t make it in the photos & lovingly hand-tacked the hem.

ADA SPRAGG | DIY Two-Piece-Sets | Salme Patterns 'Hannah' Top & Vogue 1247Skirt // Size? 12 Mods? Same as this one, sheered a little off at the bottom side seams and back seam for a closer fit. Also, added the extra length I needed this time to make a proper hem. As well as a little extra length to the waistband so it overlaps lol. Loved? The way it’s all put together, especially the joey pockets and the insides, with their pretty binding. This time I used some left over bits in my stash and I like the effect, even if it makes me hungry for gelato!

ADA SPRAGG | DIY Two-Piece-Sets | Salme Patterns 'Hannah' Top & Vogue 1247

So, what do you think? If you’d like to join in the festivities but want some more inspiration, there’s whole lot of matchy matchy goodness here and if you’re button-happy, feel free to grab yourself one here. There are even two-piece sets out in the blogosphere by a few girls already on it and yards ahead obviously: a summerlicious set by Sallioeh and this lovely by Madalynne.

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  • Kirstywrote:

    You know I’m all about this! Love this set and the whole 2 piece set thing. I am so there in August. Funny though I’ve just taken photos of my latest make and I’m all rugged up – beret, scarf etc and there you are all beautiful and sunny !

  • Tillywrote:

    This is toooooooo cuuuuuute! Really really suits you.

  • Scruffy badgerwrote:

    Oh you look fab in your two piece!! And it’s such great timing because weirdly my next make is going to be a two piece …. Truly! But rather a different silhouette from yours, which I think works brilliantly btw. And I always love seeing Simplicity 1245’s insides. Cool colours!!

  • Suewrote:

    Both patterns are my favorite. You put these together beautifully. Very preeeeety.

  • Bellawrote:

    Looking gooood! There is a girl working at The Fabric Store here in Auckland who wears a rockin two piece occasionally. It looks very cool and between the two of you I’m seriously tempted,

  • Tarawrote:

    I love the proportions of this outfit! So cute.

  • lisa g.wrote:

    admittedly, i wasn’t totally sold on the two-piece set, but i’m totally loving this outfit! very very cute!

  • salliewrote:

    Holy crap – can just copy everything you make?? Seriously – it would make my life SO much easier, since you’re basically making everything I want to be wearing right now! This is perfect. Dammit! I am going to MAKE that Vogue skirt and Salme top this summer if it’s the last thing I do!! I’m so on board with the matching set trend.

  • Gingerwrote:

    How cute are you?!?!?! This is so adorable!!!!!

  • ellebougieswrote:

    This is GORGEOUS. And so fun!

  • Heather Louwrote:

    GIngham perfection. The silhouette totally makes this fabric feel modern and fresh!

  • Amywrote:

    So fun! One of my favorite skirt patterns, combined into a fresh on-trend look. My August is already pretty busy, so if I can’t be a part of the party for real, I’ll be there in spirit!

  • Carolinewrote:

    I’ve just finished a black and white skirt for the Monthly Stitch ‘mono-sewn’ so I could make a top in the same fabric to make it a two-piece… mmmm this could work!

  • Kimwrote:

    Love it! It looks soo stylish, I want to copy your whole outfit 🙂 I’ve bought the Vogue patterns after seeing your pevious skirt, so it might just happen sometime.. My set is looking quite different from yours, hoping to get some pics soon! What kind of weight is the cotton?

  • Alexwrote:

    Just lovely – as with anything it’s all in the way you style it and you have pulled this together so beautifully!

  • Kat @ House of Lanewrote:

    What is not to love about this set?! Gingham is one of my favourites and both these patterns are ones I’ve been wanting to try out. I’m hoping the 2 piece trend sticks around until I’ve had bubs because I am loving it.

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  • Sewing Tidbitswrote:

    ADORABLE! I just dig Vogue 1247 yesterday and decided it was finally time that it gets made….

  • Bethwrote:

    This is SUPER cute. I would totally wear this outfit. In fact, I might need to go make myself one!

  • Madywrote:

    I love it! Perfect silhouettes combined! Another amazing make as always!

  • Chie - Vivat Veritaswrote:

    This is so cute! I love everything about this, from the selection of the fabric to style to the styling with orange sandals. You inspired me to make a set myself! Since I’m lazy, I refashioned a dress to be a set.

  • Lizwrote:

    Yeeash – do you ever look bad in anything?
    This is such a great look and you are rocking it!!

  • Amandawrote:

    This is so fresh and lovely! Epic work, Sophie! The bias finish in the skirt is adorable.
    I have been a bit Clueless gun shy of co-ords but this is super cute and easily can be used in other parts of the wardrobe- great thinking!

  • ebonyhwrote:

    Loooove this look, inside & out! You have an incredible eye for proportion & silhouettes. Also: Peach patent leather sandals? Yes, please.

  • poppykettlewrote:

    So versatile and matchy-matchy – I love this!! I smiled on the inside because you’ve probably just worked out the BEST way to wear print on the bottom and the top and all at the same time, yes? hehe 🙂 The jumbo gingham brings such a lovely freshness and visual interest to what could obviously work as great basics as well!

  • Measure Twice Cut Oncewrote:

    Adorable, just adorable. Love the freshness, the fun and those colourful insides are the bomb!

  • Paulettewrote:

    How fun, two piece ensemble. I like how it opens up new possibilities and lots of options to play with.

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    I’ve created my first ever two-piece here:

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  • sewadelinewrote:

    The insides of your makes are beautiful. I feel like a failure haha!

  • IZABELwrote:

    Très joli cet ensemble j’adore les poches dans la jupe vichy c’est trop mignon

  • Cherylwrote:

    You are so inspiring! I have been meaning to sew my own clothes for a while now and to make it a goal to create my own wardrobe from scratch. I was on a hunt for some patterns for two piece outfits and chanced upon your blog. You sew so beautifully! Thank you for sharing all these wonderful links to patterns! Wish me luck in sewing my first two piece outfit 😉

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