Thursday, April 28, 2011
Even though this month of April has been far from springlike here in Wisconsin, (today we're hovering in the low 40s under a steely gray sky), I'm getting a jump on my summer sewing. This is a separate blouse and shorts I did up in a piece of vintage linen/cotton.
Cherries are one of my favorite iconic designs from the 1950s. They're in my kitchen, and I have a few cherry accessories in my wardrobe, too. But it's easy to over do it and look like a walking Mary Engelbreit advertisement. However, when I found this vintage fabric, I felt totally justified in going for a complete outfit!
I used the Butterick 7308 dress pattern to fashion the bodice. I love the collar detail but didn't have enough fabric to do the full dress. Eliminating the side zip, I added buttons down the front and lengthened the blouse hem to allow for tucking it in.
The shorts are my old go-to pattern that I've used several times already for peg-leg, wide-leg and shorts. Simple darts front and back, no pockets, back zip with one button closure makes for a slim fitting piece that's easy to wear.
So whenever Mother Nature gets around to sending some warm air our way, I'll be ready!
Next up on my summer sewing list: a pair of capris and matching blouse in a fabulous floral of daisies on soft green! I think this cherry outfit has cured me (partially) of my fear of matching separates. Typically I'm drawn towards more contrasting colors and hate when I'm in a single color palette. But this look is growing on me (slowly). :)