Classic Black + White

It seems lately, that I’ve been drawn to black and white ensembles.  It’s completely subconscious and I don’t even realize until I look back at my blog, like here, here and here.

This time, I dug way back in the crevices of my pattern filing cabinet and found my version of a “vintage” pattern.  Because 1996 is about as vintage as I’m probably interested in going.

This is Vogue 1846 (OOP) by Byron Lars.

I’ve always loved a wrap top.  I’ve have too many to count over the years.  So while digging through my pattern cabinet I came across this pattern.

And for it to be from 1996, it looks classic and not dated at all.

For this pattern, I made my usual lengthening alterations for a top—I added one inch to the waist and one inch to the sleeve length. I really love the the details of this shirt.  Even though the collar is notched, it has a collar band.  The sleeves have French cuffs with a placket.  And the shaped hemline is what set this pattern apart from the current wrap tops available. Also, this shirt has slightly dropped shoulders. So that’s not a fitting issue…they’re supposed to look like that.

I chose this Italian cotton-blend  shirting from MoodFabrics.com.  And as the description states:  it is indeed lightweight… almost sheer!  Keep that in mind if this is a fabric you may be interested in purchasing.  Hence the reason for a cami underneath.

I’ve now become completely obsessed with acquiring a few more Byron Lars Vogue Patterns.  They’re such classics and would be great wardrobe additions.

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Comments


  • Carolyn
    December 10, 2012

    This shirt is lovely with wonderful details!

    • Erica B
      December 10, 2012

      Thanks Carolyn!

  • Lora
    December 10, 2012

    Bellisima!

    • Erica B
      December 10, 2012

      Thanks Lora!

  • Amanda S.
    December 10, 2012

    Very nice! One can’t have too many classic white shirts in the closet, IMO.

    • Erica B
      December 10, 2012

      Thanks Amanda!

  • Ginger
    December 10, 2012

    Wow! What a stunner! It’s such an interesting take on the classic white shirt!

    • Erica B
      December 11, 2012

      Thanks Ginger… I thought so too!

  • Pam W
    December 11, 2012

    Looks great…love the french cuff sleeves!

    • Erica B
      December 11, 2012

      Thanks Pam W!

  • oonaballoona
    December 11, 2012

    how did you manage to make 1996 chic? i swear if someone else sewed this up (ME) it would dated as hell. gorgeous!

    • Erica B
      December 11, 2012

      LOL… Thanks Oona!

  • Amy
    December 11, 2012

    Great, classic top! As a reader said above, wonderful details.

    • Erica B
      December 11, 2012

      Thanks Amy!

  • Sarah Gunn
    December 12, 2012

    Very sharp, Erica!

    • Erica B
      December 13, 2012

      Thanks Sarah!

  • Cissie
    December 12, 2012

    I love a wrap blouse, too. And you always add the perfect accessories — like the green bag! Would you come up to NC and work with me on “styling”??? You are the best — you seem to be able to make a plain t-shirt and jeans look runway ready!

    • Erica B
      December 13, 2012

      Thanks a lot Cissie!

  • anne jewell
    December 15, 2012

    this style is perfect for your figure–have you ever thought of extending this tunic into a dress?

    • Erica B.
      December 18, 2012

      I hadn’t Anne, but I’m sure that would be fabulous! Thanks for the suggestion!