Thursday, March 17, 2011

Spring Blouse and Skirt (w/ bamboo embellishment!)

I made another version of Simplicity 2599 using the green silk/cotton print recently purchased from Emmaonesock. I can't get over how much I love this material: the saturated colors, the faint sheen, the crispness combined with a magical failure to wrinkle.  I decided to make a simple top with cap sleeves, because I felt the fabric stood so well by itself.  I finished the back with a cream button culled from a Banana Republic shirt.


Simplicity 2599

To go with the simple shape of the top, I decided to embellish this yellow cotton version of McCalls 3830. The fabric is a thick, textured cotton by the designer Philip Lim, purchased at Parons Fabrics last March (stashbustin'!).  The bamboo rings are from Pacific Trimming in the Garment District, and the gold studs were purchased at Daytona Braids and Trimming (also in the Garment District) for a long since-forgotten project.  They hide the attaching stitches well.









 
The idea is from a skirt by the designer Milly; I saved this image back in 2009 after seeing the skirt in Saks.  So this skirt is not only stashbustin', but ideabustin' as well. 


To make the tabs, I meausured the ring's width and determined that tabs should be about 1 3/4" wide.  I cut strips of spare fabric in that width, and played around with the different lengths on the finished skirt on my dressform.  When I determined the right length, I made "patterns" out of the fabric strips (using cut-off pattern scraps). 


I added 1/4" seam allowances, lined the tabs in a lightweight yellow quilting cotton to enclose the edges, and attached the tabs to the rings with the zipper foot. 


It only took a few extra hours' of "designing" work, and it was really fun.  The weather is supposed to be lovely at the end of the week, so perhaps I'll get a chance to wear this colorful spring skirt.

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I really appreciated your comments and thoughts on sewing pants.  I'm inspired to try them now.  Many of you commented that Burda pants have the best fit, so I actually... ordered a Burda magazine.  I've never sewn with Burda magazine patterns.  The March 2011 edition had a pair of fly front-free pants that have great lines (images accesible on the Burda Russian site, which I translated by posting the page's link into Google translator):

Burda #116a 3/2011

Burda #116b, 3/2011 (same pants, but with cuffs)

I'm intimidated by having to trace the patterns and the lack of clear instructions that Burda is infamous for, but I'm impressed by your positive thoughts on Burda pants' fit, so I'm going to try it out.  I'm really, really excited.  Stay tuned...

53 comments:

katherine h said...

Very cute skirt. Those details make it extra special.

Lori said...

Very cute skirt and top. The details on the skirt are perfect. Good luck with your pant sewiing. I also like Ottobre for Women, I have made several pants and jeans from various issues and the fit is perfect.

Debi said...

Lovely ensemble! I really adore the skirt and blouse!

Stefani Sarah said...

Very, very good outfit!

Karin said...

You nailed it! I love everything about your outfit. The colours, style, and fit. You look so chic.

Good luck with the pants. Whenever I attempt pants it is an adventure, because I don't know where I am going or what is going to happen. More often than not, the pants are wearable, which is pretty amazing given the chaos and uncertainty of the construction phase!

Sheila said...

Love the whole outfit, color, details.... Did I say I love your outfit.

Carolyn (cmarie12) said...

This is a great skirt and I love the design that you've added to the front. This outfit shouts spring and woud be great to wear on Friday when the temps are suppose to be in the 70s!

Vintage Girl said...

Your outfit is really nice. I too, love this fabric, I bet it goes with a lot of things. Your skirt looks so upscale. Good luck with the pants!

Lindsay T said...

Nice work! Total Millyholic here so i love the skirt. Her atelier is on w 37.

gwensews said...

Terrific outfit! I like how you added the detail on the front of the skirt.

Rachel said...

Beautiful outfit!!! I love the fabrics for the skirt and the top.

MayMade said...

What a gorgeous outfit! I love that top!

The Cupcake Goddess said...

So darling! I adore that yellow skirt! It's such a bold color and I'm loving the bold colored pencil skirts right now! And what a fabulous embellishment! You've totally outdone yourself! This is a FANTASTIC outfit!

xoxo,
Sunni

Jos said...

Love the skirt and the blouse! You inspire me to dress better for work.

Happy trousers sewing :)

Rosie said...

I love the outfit! Great work!

What-I-Found said...

Special kudos on the bamboo embellishment...love those sorts of clever details that set hand made apart. Well done!

montanachic said...

I love this outfit, you have such a great eye for color and pattern :)

Anonymous said...

haha... i love your phrase "ideabusting"... and I also love the skirt-- the colour, the fabric, the details... good job!

Marie-Christine said...

Fabulous outfit. Don't worry too much about tracing the pants pattern, just make sure you're awake and you have good light :-). Make sure you measure yourself properly and pick the right size, no matter what size you think you are (Burda are at least a size too small in their interpretation of usual US sizes). Do you know about rotary cutters with an arm guide? You can cut the seam allowance in one shot that way. Burda envelope patterns now have seam allowances, but the magazine doesn't, be careful :-).
But really, you can't go wrong. You'll get the best pants you've ever had :-).

Psycho Sue- Sew Misunderstood said...

my goodness, this is YOUR color combo! What radiance!!

Lisa said...

I'm loving this outfit . Especially the skirt the belt is a gorgeous touch.

Becky said...

I love the entire outfit! And the embellishment on the skirt is really great.

Vanessa said...

I love your outfit! It works together seamlessly and you look great in the colors!

Rebecca said...

Such a cute blouse! That outfit is AMAZING! :]

Sherry said...

Gorgeous outfit! They look so nice together and I love the fabric and detail of your skirt. Ideabusting - ha, must remember that one!

Angela said...

Super cute outfit!! Love everything about it... and love how you're sticking to your embellishments and using them in such stylish ways!

amber said...

That is a great outfit! I love the details on the skirt - so cool!

Peter said...

What a beautiful outfit! Love all those details -- great job, Rachel!

toy said...

I absolutely love this look, the skirt is awesome, milly has great inspirational pieces, i loved there ss 2011 collection, keep it coming, you look amazing

AllisonC said...

This is a really great outfit, the skirt details are very cute. Good luck with the pants and try not to freak out when you see the pattern pieces in the magazine for the first time!

Faye Lewis said...

Oh the blouse is beautiful, I'm glad that I have something similar so I don't have to be jealous of yours (lol). As I said, it's pretty and you really blew it up with that yellow skirt. Don't let me have to go out and buy yellow fabric for a skirt.

allison said...

perfect colour combo!! love the colours in the top especially...

happy sewing.
Allison

K.Line said...

What an adorable outfit! I love the colours.

Leslie V said...

I like your top and the skirt!! I really like the fabric and the loops in the front of the skirt...great ideabustin'!!! The pants are sharp. Can't wait to see the completed project.

Sue said...

I can see why you love the fabric so much and the yellow skirt coordinates with it beautifully - love the embellishment!

Carolyn said...

I just love that skirt and your embellishment... way to go! I like your version better than the original you took inspiration from, the proportions look better...
The mix of colours is lovely too, some of my favourites in there!

Dizzy Days said...

Your entire outfit is beautiful, but I do love the detail on your skirt. I wish I had access to great designer fabrics - you always have such lovely ones.

Amber said...

I love the detail on the front of the skirt. I also have been wanting to sew those pants from that particular Burda magazine.

Sophia said...

Stunning! Beautiful sewing, you're definitely not a beginner any longer :) Those nude shoes were the perfect color for this outfit, too.

Rosy said...

Simply beautiful! I love the top, but the skirt, Oh my God! That skirt! I am absolutely in love with this skirt, the idea of the hoops on the front of the skirt is great, I strongly recommend you Burda patterns, and wish you luck in adjusting to your pants like, looking forward...

Chris said...

This is a cute outfit. It looks great on you.

Gail said...

I absolutely adore this outfit - work wear that is not timid about colour. The buckle trim idea is great, and I might steal it!

Uta said...

I love your outfit! The colors are gorgeous, I hope spring is coming soon so you can wear it.

Andrea said...

Your outfit looks great, but I LOVEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE your skirt!!!

Anja said...

Hi!

Your blog is FANTASTIC!
Congratulation!

Faye Lewis said...

A few weeks vacation-huh! Sounds great, pleas have fun. Your looking in on the challenge is important too - thanks!

Gabrielle said...

What a stylish outfit - I love it, and really love your skirt tabs!

Cecili said...

Oh la la, your outfit is fabulous! I love the skirt details with the bamboo rings and that yellow shade is yummy :) You asked me about the number for my Simplicity dress but since I've already copied it would you like me to send the original one to you? I enjoy reading your blog and I'm sure you'd make a lovely number with it.

JoanneM said...

I love the top. I refuse to pay $80 for tops we can whip up with no zipper and just as lovely as the $80 ones!
I remember the yellow Milly skirt with the bow, your is darling!
Well done again!

Bruna Andolfato said...

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I loved your blog !!!!!
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Rūta said...

I love fabrics and colors of both, they they look incedibly good together!

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MushyWear said...

I missed this post! I just love this outfit. Both the top and skirt are gorgeous and work so well together! The detail on your skirt front is so distinctive.