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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! ·


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

  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! :)

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

  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!

    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! ;-)

  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!

    Michelle ^_^
    Delightful Handwork

    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. ;-)

  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!!!

    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 I want to throw a Foyle's War party:):)

    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. ;-)

  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

  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

    the Middle Sister and Singer

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

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

  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! :) ❤

    bonita of Lavender & Twill

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

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

    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. :-)

  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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