December 1, 2011

Pretty in silk :: revisited

I have been sewing like crazy. Since I bought my new sewing machine last September, I made several skirts, a couple of silk blouses, a dress, a T-shirt for M.(found a very good pattern from Ottobre) and a sweater for her as well for which I made the pattern myself from an existing shirt. Unfortunately, the sweat-shirt shrunk terribly after washing and drying just once - it's just about the right size for little H. now, which she doesn't mind as the fabric is incredibly soft. Let's hope it won't shrink any further... Anyway, this wasn't today's topic. I just wanted to show you this tunic I made and which I really, really like.

I got inspired by these dresses/ tunics. With the orange flowery dress in mind I went fabric hunting and I found a very nice weight silk - a bit colorful, more colorful than I'm used to, with a vintage style print. As a matter of fact, the flower print might remind some people of their grandmother's apron (I certainly worked that way for me) but I found it very cute somehow. And although it's real silk I only paid €8.90/meter, which is cheap, I thought.



The pattern I used comes from the same Japanese sewing book as this blouse. It's the dress on the front cover (dress D in the book) which I slightly altered: I left out the sleeves, and made it slightly narrower. As a matter of fact, next time, I won't cut any (side) seam allowances, as the tunic turned out a little wide at first. As with my other silk blouses, I used French seams and finished off the tunic with a hand sewn hem - so much nicer.

... and matching jewelry


I wore the tunic to a party last weekend, combined with a long knitted jacket, tights and high boots and some last minute homemade jewelry. And it looked really nice, if I may say so myself. Since the dress has short sleeves, I'll be able to wear it in Summer too, probably over some white pants or a legging...
But let's get ready for winter first...

6 comments:

joppe said...

Oh die stof, zo mooi, neen, ja doet me aan mijn oma haar stofjes denken, maar die waren dan ook zo mooi! Lijkt me ook heel plezant om te dragen.

by night said...

bon, je suis juste assise bouche bée devant l'écran depuis facile 3 minutes... quel tissu juste merveilleux! et puis, ces jolis bijoux 'faits en dernière minute'... j'admire complètement!

Fleur said...

Wat mooi! Mooie stof ook, is het Liberty? Die Japanse boekjes zien er ook altijd zo leuk uit, maar ik durf ze niet goed aan te schaffen omdat ik me afvraag hoe het zit qua maatvoering. Maat 9 tot en met 13 is het vaak. Weet jij hoe je deze Japanse maten kunt vertalen naar (Noord-)Europese maten?

nicole/brussels said...

zéér mooie stof alsook mooie bloes wat eenvoud betreft, en ik hou van de zelfgemaakte juweeltjes! had graag een foto gezien van the total look!!

Cindy said...

i love the print and the silk sounds wonderful. enjoy your weekend.

Lori @ Studio Waterstone said...

Adorable. The way you described your outfit is exactly what I imagined when I saw the great shape and pattern.

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