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.
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.ReplyDelete
LOL! Thanks Andrea!Delete
Such a great dressy casual outfit.ReplyDelete
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.ReplyDelete
I love the tone-on-tone of the royal. Very chic.
Mrs. Smith, I loved this top when I first saw it and immediately pinned it on my Pinterest board! Thanks!Delete
U R Definitely One OfMY Fave StylE Icon! Wink!ReplyDelete
I love those sleeves. Beautiful outfit!ReplyDelete
Thanks I wanna be fierce!Delete
i am loving it!!! So beautifulReplyDelete
Thanks Peacock Chic!Delete
My absolute favorite color. I love it.ReplyDelete
Loving this outfit and your style is Royal! Yes you can wear short shorts Ms Erica...ReplyDelete
Thanks My Kurves!Delete
Estas muy elegante y te queda de fábula el conjuntoReplyDelete
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)ReplyDelete
I'm good for right now. Well, until the fall patterns!Delete
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. :)ReplyDelete
LeeAnn, lots of practice! And lots of ironing! Thanks!Delete
GO'head Erica Bunker...I SEE YOU!!!!!!ReplyDelete
Very fun and unique outfit! The color is just plain gorgeous and I love the combined textures.ReplyDelete
Love the color of this outfit. Nice inspiration!ReplyDelete
Great look. The "lace" shorts are the icing on the cake. TFSReplyDelete
Hot Damn Sexy Thang! Love it!ReplyDelete
Really great outfit, Erica! Just love it- and you look fantastic wearing it. I hate facings too!ReplyDelete
GORGEOUS! I love this even more than the dress (and I looooooooved the dress!)ReplyDelete
Classy sophisticated look! Love the textured look of the shorts too!ReplyDelete
what an inspiring outfit. you look amazing!ReplyDelete
What a beautiful outfit, I love the color and the different textures!ReplyDelete
too cute, I wonder if it can be turn into a tunic dress.ReplyDelete
Thanks Shakondra. I'm sure you could lengthen it.Delete
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.ReplyDelete
I'm totally new to sewing but I can't wait to continue to follow you for inspiration and expertise.
OMG. You are beautiful. Just-I don't even..-*bows quietly*.ReplyDelete
Everything about this is just perfect.
Love them, Erica. My daughter said, "You look like my sister!"ReplyDelete