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Wednesday, April 8, 2015

· Early Spring 1950s Separates ·


This outfit is perfect for those early spring days where no leaves are out, but it's still nice and warm!

Which basically is just a nice way of saying that my outfit has the colors and textures of mud and dead vegetation.
That just really doesn't have the same ring to it, though... ;-)



All that to say- brown can be very appealing, despite some of its connotations! ;-)

The sweater is just a cute one I picked up from Kohl's years ago, so I can't take any credit for the cute neckline.

The skirt is made from a wonderful herringbone wool blend I found at Hancock Fabrics last year.  It is just perfect- I love it!!!  I know I have a tendency to say this about everything... but really- I don't know how I got along without this skirt!


I used a conglomeration of patterns and added the back pleats and button tab (inspired by a 1950s example).  Even if it didn't turn out *quite* like I hoped, it still is a nice way to add interest to a neutral staple. :-)


Instead of my usual hook-and-bar closure on the waistband, using a matching button seemed appropriate. :-)


My blouse is made from Simplicity 1278, using a rayon print.  We had about 1 1/2 yards of this fabric left from a previous project, so it was just right to make into a blouse and successfully stash-bust!


I loved the shaped hemline on the blouse, and I wanted to echo that element on the sleeves, too!


When I saw that Simplicity came out with this pattern a while ago, I was so excited!  This neckline is So Cool!!  And totally something I wouldn't want to go to the headache of drafting myself. :-)


· As always, the lovely photos are all thanks to Kathryn! ·

24 comments:

  1. Lovely! All the details give it so much beauty.

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  2. Oh, Lily, this is beautiful!! The colors are indeed gorgeous, and just perfect for you! Your description of spring scenery is rather hilarious!! ;)
    That skirt is so nifty! The design is so interesting and beautiful!
    The blouse is also gorgeous; my mom made that one recently, and I'm just itching to try it myself! The fabric you chose for it is perfect, and I love what you did with the sleeves!!
    Lovely outfit, Lily! You look gorgeous as always! :)

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    1. Thanks, Esther! I'm finding that I really need to make this pattern again soon. :-)

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  3. Terrific outfit! I love the details of the skirt. I tried looking up Simplicity 1287 but came up with a man's pullover. : ) That is such a cute blouse! I thought I would keep the pattern in mind next time I was shopping.

    May you have a blessed day!

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    1. Thanks, Sarah! And you are quite right about Simplicity 1287 being a man's pullover- I really meant Simplicity 1278. ;-) Must be a bit of dyslexia creeping in! ;-)

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  4. I just love brown & pink together! (Actually I pretty much love pink with any neutral.)
    You literally made me laugh out loud with that "Which basically is just a nice way of saying that my outfit has the colors and textures of mud and dead vegetation." comment. :D
    Your sweater is sooooooo cuuuuuuute! (But I'm sure you already knew that.) ;)
    The fabric of your blouse is so pretty, and I love the detail you added to the sleeves.
    Actually, I'm pretty much in love with this whole outfit!

    Love,
    Michelle ^_^
    Delightful Handwork

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    1. Thanks, Michelle! :-)

      Heehee! That is a bit of a frequent saying around these parts, and, well, it does sum up the season rather succinctly. ;-)

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  5. Lily, I must say that after discovering your blog last a couple of weeks ago thanks to The Boyer Sisters blog I fell in love! Your sewing skills are impecable, and the creations you turn out are so lovely (and totally envious worthy too). I absolutely adore EVERYTHING you wear, so perfect:)
    I must say that this post was wonderful! Boy do I absolutely adore the skirt you made...the back is breathtaking and so very creative. Everything about your ensemble is wonderful and I so look forward to more of your posts!!!
    -Madison
    www.1minniemuse.blogspot.com

    P.S. Just a side note, but I wanted to say your post on your Foyle's War party was a fave of mine, as I LOVE that show.....now I want to throw a Foyle's War party:):)

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    1. Thanks so much, Madison! You are so sweet! :-)

      Isn't Foyle's War just the greatest?! I'm sad they're officially done with the show, but at least I don't mind re-watching every single episode quite often. ;-)

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  6. What a lovely outfit! It looks great on you. I just love your brown herringbone skirt. And the blouse is so sweet!
    Thanks for this post!
    God bless
    +JMJ+
    Marie

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  7. I love your outfit Lily! The blouse is so pretty, and so is the skirt. Gahhh! Everything you make is always SOO cute! :D

    Brigid
    the Middle Sister and Singer

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    1. Thanks, Brigid! I'm blushing! :-)

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  8. You remind me of Queen Elizabeth II. And that's no bad thing. :-)

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    1. Thank you, Lauren! That definitely ranks in the "top 10" compliments I've received. :-)

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  9. Oh, that blouse is sooo lovely on you Lily! I do like the tab detailing on the back of your skirt as well, I think it gives it a very striking look which is perfect for the more simple color of the fabric. I must remember that ~ plain fabric, cute details! :) ❤

    xox,
    bonita of Lavender & Twill

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  10. Oh how delightful are you in this outfit! I am loving the tab over the pleats on your skirt!!!!
    Blessings!
    g

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  11. I really like brown and this shows how fabulous a brown outfit can be. Great skirt.

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    1. Thanks, Kate! I love brown so much- it's a pity it's easy to get tired of! It is nice to take a seasonal cue and embrace it every so often, though. :-)

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  12. Such an incredibly beautiful outfit! Your ensembles always make me swoon a little! I love the back detail of that skirt too! Incredible!

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    1. Thanks so much! You are so sweet!! :-)

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