Sunday, September 30, 2012

Inspired by Pinterest | Pink & Red!

I've been needing to add cool basics to my wardrobe.  Let's face it, sometimes I just want to throw on a pair of jeans.  But since I'm no where near a "jeans & t-shirt" kinda girl, I need some cute tops.  You'll notice a few of those being added to my wardrobe in the near future.

Inspiration:

Source: via Erica on Pinterest

Thanks to Pinterest, I've found the loveliest of lovely color combinations:  pink and red. It screams Valentine's Day, I know.  But I love it anyway.  
I used Rachel Comey's pattern, Vogue 1323 for my top.  If you had only looked at the extremely editorialized pictures on the VP website, you may have passed on this pattern altogether.  But with experience, I've made it a habit of looking at the line drawing of each and every pattern released.  Trust, it's worth the time.  You may miss out on something great if you don't do that.
For this pattern, I added an inch to the length.  Everything else was fine.  I used this gorgeous silk crepe de chine by Marc Jacobs from MoodFabrics.com.  It feels like heaven and was perfect for this type of shirt.
Nail color is Essie "Penny Talk".  Love it!

The description of the top is:  loose-fitting, pullover top has collar, front button bands, self-lined yoke, forward shoulder seams, flaps, pleated pockets, and sleeves with pleats, button cuffs and continuous lap. Narrow hem. Collar, bands, yokes: cut on crosswise grain of fabric. 
I really love the collar and the neckline.  
I love the front bands and the pockets too.
And the back has a self-lined yoke, which I wish all button-front shirts that the Big 4 release would have.  
And the hemline with the side slits make this top look really nice when worn untucked.
And here are the cuffs.
I really love great wardrobe building pieces, and this top falls right in line.  

68 comments:

  1. Love these colors on you! That shirt is gorgeous, and I like the cut of the pants. Your skills are bananas!

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  2. What a great shirt. I agree that the line drawing of this pattern shows lots more interesting detail that the garment picture does.

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  3. Beautiful shirt with wonderful details and the silk crepe de chine is awesome!

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  4. Pretty, Erica! I love the cut of this top and all the special little details.

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  5. This is an amazing color combination!

    -Shakiyla

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  6. You really rock this colour combination, I especially love the leopard printed belt you've added.
    I always make sure to look at the drawing more than the photos on the patterns as I've been deceived before! I also agree with you on the self lined yoke, such a much nicer finish!

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  7. I've seen one of those pinterest images and really liked the color combo, as well. I really like the lines on the technical drawing now that you've highlighted them, so maybe now I'll be picking up this pattern.

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  8. Unusual yet great color combination! I might try it out ^.^ You are so right about the pattern photo vs. technical drawing! Sometimes the former is not in favor for the latter.

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  9. I love the zing of these two colours together!
    Your blouse looks amazing. All your sewing details are so perfect and neatly done. It looks *expensive*!

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  10. I LOVE that we are allowed to wear pink and red together now (remember a time when that would have been such a major fashion faux pas?). Great top, and it looks fabulous with the red.

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    1. Suzanne, I do remember... just like it used to be faux pas to wear black and blue. Things of the past. Thanks!

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  11. I love the style of this top and the colors look beautiful together.

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  12. what a gorgeous blouse. i completely jumped over that pattern like you said. thanks for bringing it to my attention.

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  13. I love that top and those pants. Did you make the pants too? The whole outfit looks wonderful on you. I desperately need to add some cute basics to my wardrobe. I have been stuck on sewing dresses for awhile because I just love pretty dresses, but they are not always practical.

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    1. Rachel, I'd rather be sewing cocktail dresses, but alas... just not practical. But a beautiful silk blouse can be worn with jeans. The pants are Vogue 1143. Thanks!

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  14. I *love* pink and red together. Beautiful blouse. And, you're getting great wear out of those pants.

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    1. Cidell, I love these pants. The stretch wool crepe is incredible. They feel like yoga pants, but way more polished. Thanks!

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  15. I often put colour with colour and those two are one of my favourite combinations.
    Nice outfit, I also dismissed the pattern, will take another look at it.
    louise

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  16. I love this colour combination! As always you look stunning! What fine work on that blouse, I so want to make a cdc silk version of a inspired Equipment shirt, but am afraid I'll muck it up :-/
    But will have to try...no?

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    1. Thanks Colette. You should just give it a try.

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  17. wow the combination looks great - would never have thought about this myself. Do love that Vogue top

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  18. great shirt, I will add it to my list.

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  19. Gorgeous color combo! The pockets on that shirt are gorgeous (they almost look flat and decorative--perfect for my busty self).

    BEAUTIFUL, BEAUTIFUL fabric choice!

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  20. Lovely blouse Erica B! I never thought about those two colors. Thanks for mentioned looking at the patterns more closely because I be trying to find the drawing so I can see what's going on, LOL :)

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  21. Erica, phenomenal job on this blouse! You are inspiring me to make one just like it.

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    1. Thanks Meg... you should!

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  22. wow! love that blouse! you are a great sewer! I would have never thought in that combination colors but they look great!

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  23. Wonderful colors! This looks really great on you.

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  24. Stunning!! As usual!! Those colors really look good against your skin and the fit is perfect!

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  25. Holy smokes. This outfit looks great. The work on the shirt is impeccable.

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  26. My brain just can't register those two color going well together, but I must say it does look good on you!

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  27. Just found your blog and I am in aww!

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    1. Welcome Nikkipooh! And thanks for reading!

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  28. Good colours. What I really want to see is your closet, because my goodness it must be full

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    1. Gernella, it's a mess! Packed to the rafters. LOL. Thanks!

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  29. Beautiful colors together--they bring each other out! Thanks for the reminder about looking at the line drawings. I love the placket on this blouse.

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  30. Cute! Love this outfit!

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  31. I love the colour combo, so chic!

    Xx
    www.estellelamode.com

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  32. As if it hasn't already been said, this is very nice. Love the colors and they look very nice on you. Looks heavenly. :-). BTW: I've been following your blog since '08 and just noticed your FAQ's (shame on me!).

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