I made this blouse and skirt a few weeks ago, and have worn both a fair bit, and I am still in the middle of crocheting the sweater (if a crochet project goes on too long there is always the danger of a change of heart and I will unravel it, so I am hoping to finish it this week)
Red is a tough colour to photograph. The red blouse was on the euro rail. it was a light jacket/blouse with shoulder pads (and a few stains), and its silk
I laundered it, took it apart and thought to make a blouse which would also work as a base layer for under sweaters. I don’t normally like collars, which was just as well as I barely had enough fabric but got their in the end. I had to peel off the fusible which was on the facing of the original blouse to use as side panels in the front – which worked out fine.
I used a 50s dress pattern as a base for the tucks at the neckline, and I was going to face the neckline but used a simple binding instead, and a zip closure at the back.
The day after I got the blouse, I was cutting out the denim dress (2 or 3 posts back) and ran into a spot of bother with the cut, so I went out for a stroll to think it out (rather than cut any further), and I strolled towards the charity shop. This tweed was in with some pillowcases, and about .75 of a metre, and 2euro. When I got home, I put it with the ‘pile’ and it looked so well with the blouse – that I figured I had an instant outfit. I had originally planned a box pleat skirt, but there was just slightly too little fabric.
I used my TNT pattern, vogue 7776, and did the version with the front slit. I pretty much did everything as per the pattern except I did a facing for the waistband (petersham is recommended). I left the hem at 3 inch allowance which is a lovely weight for the tweed. Had I known it would turn out so lovely, I should have considered interlining with organza (its a couture technique I think). Its perfect for a long-life tweed skirt as it helps any potential bagging/sagging issues at the seat, and its perfect for holding the hem.
I had some habatoi mock silk lining in a fun orange shade, but I didnt realise until I went to cut how off grain it was……………. I was a bit shocked. So I cut on grain, one piece at a time and just about fitted it in – the photo above shows it laid out and going with grain. I cut the back on the fold and the 2 fronts just about fitted it in.
I did a top stitich on the skirt but only used sewing thread so its barely noticible, and the only other blip (besides the low quality lining) was there was a tiny hole in the weave (probably due to age) in the back panel which I didn;t notice until I was holding towards the light to inspect the dart. I put a small darn in it, and then ironed on some vilene.
so – an outfit for about a fiver – blouse 1 euro, tweed 2 euro, zips taken from other garments, lining would have been about 2euro……
10 thoughts on “red blouse remake, and a vogue skirt”
You are an inspiration to us all!
Thank you Lynn. Hoping to be sufficiently self inspired this week as I have to make my Christmas cards!.
Very nice outfit. It's great how we work so similarly, When you lay on those pattern pieces, and it's such a good feeling that they fit on the pieces. I can knit, but I don't I find it too slow, but I'm looking forward to see yours finished and not back as a ball of wool. It's good to hear the groups going well!
thank you Linda – yup, always a relief when the pattern pieces fit, and this blouse so just about made it, but on the other hand, when there are only minute pieces left, I also get a sense of achievement! I am on a bit of a buzz at the moment as I was shown to knit this evening so i will be doing some more tonight before I forget. Deep down I know I wont be doing anything big as knitting is so much slower…… but I love the fine finish it gives.
What skills – I really am in awe of your ability to re-fashion items in such a pecuniary way – it must give you such a sense of satisfaction. I adore the lined tweed skirt – that's just a level of skill I can't even begin to aspire to right now but I would love to be able to work with that kind of fabric one day. I have my eye on the Merchant & Mills Trapeze dress which would look great in tweed. Love your classic detailing as well – the box pleat on the skirt and tucks on the neckline of the top. I'd like to see you in the outfit – fitting for a Christmas outing I think. Just lovely 🙂 Oh and I'm so envious of your sew social initiative – I'd be there like a shot if I lived locally. Good luck with the blinging.
Thanks Aimee – I really have to get photos of me wearing some of the stuff…. i am rather lazy and have found in the last number of years that I got out of the habit of bringing a camera with me to 'events' as I became inclined to photo all the time instead of enjoying the time. that m&m trapeze dress is lovely – they do a book of patterns which I like (havnt got and havnt used) but its the simple lines that I love. my christmas outfit this year will be (hopefully) the grey wrap skirt and the soon to be finished and better be nice crochet jumper!
This is a great transformation; I love the drawing you have done too. Can't wait to see more 🙂
Soon to be finished and better be nice – love it! I have my eye on that merchant and mills book too. I might mix them up with the Japanese smocks for a barely discernable bit of variation!
i definitely think you will mix it up well and i think you may take the sober look of the merchant and mills with your take on fabric and pockets….. love to see what you cook up!
Thanks Agy, I was inspired by your own sewing groups and although I didnt try the fix it fridays I started a few sessions of sewing locally, and was pleasantly surprised by the mix of people that showed, and hope to continue on after christmas.