Review: Vogue 8865 + Vogue 8907 | Radiant in Rich Royals!

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It's the first July y'all!  Can you believe this year is halfway gone!
I'd made this top, Vogue 8907, view A around a week ago.  This blouse with it's cape sleeve design is in the same vein as this dress and that's why I kinda love it just as much.
I had a royal blue crepe de chine in my stash.  I'd planned it for a lining at the time of purchase but I never used it.  And it worked out perfectly for this drapey, breezy blouse.
I added an inch to the length.  I used French seams and narrow hems like I would when sewing any lightweight silk.  And I did away with those stupid facings.  I HATE FACINGS!  I used the same fabric and created bindings.
I decided I wanted to do shorts with this top.  It's so warm and humid here that I wanted to a dressy, yet comfortable outfit at the same time.  The shorts are Vogue 8865.  I altered View E, the bermuda shorts to a short-short with a 4" inseam.  I have a preference for shorter shorts because bermudas/city shorts look dowdy on me.  And I don't do capris either.  And since my legs are still decent, I'm going to wear them as long as possible.
I used leftover lace from this dress and underlined them with a stretch crepe back satin.
I had been wanting to do some tonal dressing this season, with slight differentiation in shades and texture.  And this outfit was a great opportunity.

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  1. Man Erica!!! You do have an eye for style. Hats off to you. I checked that pattern out several times and could never see the potential. Now after seeing yours, I am on it!!! That's is why I follow your blog. I need you, please keep up the good work.

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  2. Such a great dressy casual outfit.

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  3. I found this pattern rummaging through the drawers one day and had to have it. I didn't see ANY buzz online about it and I couldn't believe no one was talking about sewing this top! It's FABULOUS.

    I love the tone-on-tone of the royal. Very chic.

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    1. Mrs. Smith, I loved this top when I first saw it and immediately pinned it on my Pinterest board! Thanks!

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  4. U R Definitely One OfMY Fave StylE Icon! Wink!

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  5. I love those sleeves. Beautiful outfit!

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    1. Thanks I wanna be fierce!

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  6. i am loving it!!! So beautiful

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  7. My absolute favorite color. I love it.

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  8. Loving this outfit and your style is Royal! Yes you can wear short shorts Ms Erica...

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  9. Estas muy elegante y te queda de fábula el conjunto

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  10. Vogue patterns are on sale at JoAnns this week. I should know, I've already bought some, now I need to go back after this one! :o)

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    1. I'm good for right now. Well, until the fall patterns!

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  11. You look amazing in this color! I purchased a mystery cotton blend with great drape in this same color to make a new fall scarf. Can't wait. I have this pattern as well! But haven't made it yet. Do you have any tricks for sewing narrow hems with sheer/semi-sheer fabrics? Starch? Basting? And I decided my rolled hem foot for my machine is completely worthless. I have the hardest time getting the thing started. I am sure it's user error, but I have to put it down for a while. :)

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    1. LeeAnn, lots of practice! And lots of ironing! Thanks!

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  12. GO'head Erica Bunker...I SEE YOU!!!!!!

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  13. Very fun and unique outfit! The color is just plain gorgeous and I love the combined textures.

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  14. Love the color of this outfit. Nice inspiration!

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  15. Great look. The "lace" shorts are the icing on the cake. TFS

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  16. Hot Damn Sexy Thang! Love it!

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  17. Really great outfit, Erica! Just love it- and you look fantastic wearing it. I hate facings too!

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  18. GORGEOUS! I love this even more than the dress (and I looooooooved the dress!)

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  19. Classy sophisticated look! Love the textured look of the shorts too!
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  20. what an inspiring outfit. you look amazing!

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  21. What a beautiful outfit, I love the color and the different textures!

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  22. too cute, I wonder if it can be turn into a tunic dress.

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    1. Thanks Shakondra. I'm sure you could lengthen it.

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  23. Erica - I totally admire your sewing skills and this blog! You have an amazing eye for fashion and color. I have looked at this Vogue pattern several times, but would have never thought to pair it with shorts. What an elegantly casual outfit for anything from brunch with friends to a night on the town.

    I'm totally new to sewing but I can't wait to continue to follow you for inspiration and expertise.

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    1. Thanks bluesundayblog!

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  24. OMG. You are beautiful. Just-I don't even..-*bows quietly*.

    Everything about this is just perfect.

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  25. Love them, Erica. My daughter said, "You look like my sister!"

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