If you've been following Kathryn's blog, you'll already know that she recently got back from a trip to France! Yeah, I know.... I'm jealous too.
At any rate, I get to share fabulous pictures of the Eiffel Tower on here too, because she requested a new outfit for the trip! :-)
(For newcomers to the blog- we work on the barter system: she takes photos for my blog, in exchange I sew her clothing. :-) Check out the "Kathryn" tag for other outfits I've made for her!)
This outfit was inspired by this 1950s Hallmark card and as you can see, it works just as smashingly for posing in front of the Eiffel Tower! ;-)
The red flared dirndl skirt (is flared dirndl an oxymoron?? I think it might be... ;-)) is made from a polished stretch poplin from JoAnns. It has great body and looks really nice for skirts! Since it wasn't really clear what the inspiration skirt was doing, I did box pleats like a different skirt Kathryn liked.
There is a pocket (of course!) on one side and the skirt closes with a side zipper. Hand-picked, of course! My favorite method for zipper sewing. :-)
It was kind of hard to tell what exactly the inspiration's collar was doing! In all actuality, it might have just been defying all laws of physics and fabric manipulation... :-P Instead of a direct recreation, Kathryn decided on a collar like my Fruit and Lemon dresses. I combined a total of 3 patterns to get this blouse- Simplicity 3706 for the collar (with minor modifications), Simplicity 2154 for the body, and my own kimono-sleeve draft for the sleeve.
The blouse closes with pearl buttons. The original inspiration has gold dots, but JoAnns only sells silver, so a gold dotty blouse will have to be another addition to her wardrobe at a later date. ;-)
All in all, it is a rather perfectly Parisian sort of outfit! :-)
Thanks for having such great taste that makes it so fun to sew for you, Kathryn!!
· Photos by Kathryn and her mom! ·