This past summer I bought some Anna Maria Horner voile that was on sale at Huggeligt. The fabric sat in my stash until a couple of weeks ago, because as gorgeous as the fabric is, I couldn’t think of what to do with it. I love colour, but the print is a little louder than I usually wear. I spotted a free pattern for pyjama’s on the Advantages Magazine website. Voile pyjama’s? Oh yes! These loungers from Anthropologie served as the inspiration for the wide contrast cuff. I nixed the pyjama top, and opted to use a tank I have that just happened to be the perfect match.
Some pattern notes; I sewed the size 40 pant, but I found that I needed to add an extra 1/2 ease in the thigh area. I usually wear a size 8 bottoms. Luckily I had the foresight to sew up a muslin of the pants, using some cotton that I had put aside for such a purpose. I know that it is an extra step, but I highly recommend sewing up a muslin, especially if you are using special fabric. There is nothing worse than making something that doesn’t fit right! I added a 6″ cuff to the bottom and a bow to the waist using contrasting fabric.
There is a nice DIY for a pair of shirred voile p.j pant bottoms at Noodlehead. I may have to make these, as I am now a little addicted to sewing with voile!
I love the look of skinny jeans or cords worn with tall boots. There is however, that pesky issue of the pants bunching up above the boots. I think I may have come up with a solution. Remember stirrup pants? I wasn’t about to sew permanent stirrups on my pants, in case I decided to wear them with a low boot or shoe. Instead I sewed buttons onto the inside seams, and attached a length of buttonhole elastic. Voila! Removable stirrups. Now I can sit, stand and move around without my pants bunching up.
Rust Cord: Joe Fresh
Striped Sweater: Tommy Hilfiger
Boots: L.L Bean
Messenger Bag: Cath Kidston
Thanks to Iolan the Wears for inspiring this post.
These pants have been in the works since my failed attempt at participating in The Kids Clothing Week Challenge this past fall. I really have to remind myself not to take on big projects right before moving! The corduroy is leftover from a skirt project of my daughters, and I have been squeezing every last bird out of the Echino fabric (also seen here).
The pockets proved to be a bit fussy. I took them off and repositioned them twice, before getting it right on the third try. Little A loved them and wanted to wear them immediately, hence the fuzzies on her pants that are drawn like a magnet to corduroy. Kids pants are so quick and easy to make. I really must make them more often!
My love for all things Laura Ashley peaked in the late 80’s, when my room was festooned in baby blue walls, a Laura Ashley bedding set, and straw hats on the walls. My friend and I had a little flashback moment a few years ago, when we thought that it would be a great idea to pull out our old Laura Ashley dresses, and start wearing them again. Our husbands quickly shut it down.
My heart however, still skips a beat when I spy a vintage Laura Ashley dress. This particular dress was made of lovely, heavy velvet and printed with cabbage roses and brooches. Oh, and it had large puffed sleeves. Very Dynasty! You can see what the dress looked like here from a seller on Etsy. No, I didn’t pay $125 for my dress, and I did have a split second of regret about cutting it up, after seeing the going price for it. Never mind. I am happy with how my self drafted a-line skirt turned out. I guess I am a bit old to be rocking puffed sleeves anyway!
Last weekend I visited one of my very best friends. Between cups of tea, catching up on sewing projects and our latest favourite reads, we squeezed in a bit of thrift store shopping. I spotted this April Cornell dress, fell in love with the print, not so much the size or shape. It reminded me of this dress from Brora, so I popped it into my cart. My friend agreed that a major chop was in order, and I set to work on transforming it this week. I shortened the hem, took in the side seams and darts, and made the sleeves 3/4 length, gathered into a band. I’m pleased with the results! I thought that I would feature the dress 6 different ways. Something I love seeing on blogs such as Handmade by Carolyn. The frumpy dress ‘before’. The ‘after’, styled 6 different ways. Dress: April Cornell, thrifted Brown woven belt: thrifted Brown leather boots: LL Bean Grey tights: Joe Fresh Glasses: Anna Sui Mustard wool shawl: just off the needles! Burgundy tights: Walmart (thanks for the tip Andrea!) Red velvet jacket: American Eagle Outfitters, thrifted Hand beaded headband: Quirky Beauty Glasses: Kliik Knit vest: thrifted Black boots: daughters closet Grey wool sweater: Merona, thrifted Mustard scarf: kids dress up bin Mid photo shoot cuddle!