Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Birds in a Corduroy Sky

I planned this as an outfit, thinking mainly of the colors of the fabric and not so much of the styles of the garments. A slimmer shirt would have showcased the shape of the skirt better.

Sara loves the shirt, though, and it's something she'll wear a lot, but it's a lightweight shirting and maybe I should make a version in heavier fabric for winter.

I was amazed to find I had some lace in a perfect match to this teal. I so rarely use lace trim - I'm not sure I've ever used it. But I do have a small stash of it, just in case. I might as well start using it!
The back closure has a small facing and closes with a loop. For the loop, I used a very narrow trim I found and, amazingly, I had a button in the perfect color, too.

My husband bought me this Japanese pattern magazine a couple of years ago and this is the first garment I've made from it. Just like the women's magazines Mrs. Stylebook and Lady Boutique, this has some patterns to trace, but most you draft. For this magazine, however, you don't use slopers, you use the measurements given for specific sizes, usually with a choice of three different sizes. For instance the pattern I used was a traceable one and came in 3 sizes for height: 100 cm, 110 cm, and 120 cm.

I had a little fun with the skirt. I can't decide if the embroidery is more Boden or more 1970's couch pillow.

When I made this skirt once before, I mentioned how I liked the clever zipper finish. It turned out a little neater this time.

Paisley shirting: Mill End Textiles
Teal thin wale corduroy: Mill End Textiles
V-neck blouse: Child Boutique 11-2007-14
Garden Flower Skirt: Ottobre 1-2010-20


  1. Adorable! I love the embroidery, and I love the colors in the outfit. I agree a fitted shirt might showcase the skirt better, but what counts is that she loves it isn't it? DD always combines shapes and garments I never would, but who knows when they'll be starting a trend...

  2. The beautiful smile on your daughter's face says it all. She obviously loves it, and so she should. It's really sweet.

  3. I think the embroidery is darling! What a cute outfit, and you have one very satisfied customer there.


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