Navy is the Color for My Summer Wardrobe

 

 

Mood Fabrics' Navy houndstooth and linen for a summer outfit using McCall's 6436 and Maritime shorts

I don’t know about you but for me navy and white just seems like the perfect summertime colors.  It might just be me as  I do have a thing for blues, it is my favorite color.  After participating in Me Made May, I realized I needed more summer clothing.  It is heating up here in Missouri and if you spend anytime in the humidity here, natural fibers do help to combat the heat and humidity.  Mood Fabrics’  Navy and White Stretch Cotton (which is sold out but here is a blue stripe )  is just so perfect for my Grainline Studio Maritime Shorts.  This fabric is a nice lightweight cotton-lycra blend, another plus for summertime.

 

Mood Fabrics' navy and white houndstooth cotton and navy cotton using Grainline Maritime shorts and McCall;s 6436

 

Now for the top, I used Mood Fabrics’ Marc Jacobs Ensign Blue Cotton which has the look and weave of linen.  The cotton was just the right weight for a blouse and I used McCall’s 6436.    I am just so happy to have summer here and I can enjoy the outdoors, especially after this past winter.  The only downside is a bit of limited sewing time, I am like a kid in the summer.  No, I am not coming in, it is still light outside.  This shirt was a perfect summer sew, I was able to set aside an hour a night for three nights and I had a beautiful summer shirt.    I did lower the bust dart and take 1″ off the length.  Now that is saying something about the length of this shirt as I usually add 1″.  I left the shirt out for the above picture, just so you could see the details and the fabulous fabric.  Here is more details, check out the epaulets, the loops on the epaulets and nice pleated pockets.

Mood Fabrics' navy and white houndstooth cotton and navy cotton using Grainline Maritime shorts and McCall;s 6436

 

The Marc Jacobs cotton pressed and sewed beautifully.  I used the fabric for the bias binding for the armhole finishes.  I just am amazed it isn’t linen, it has so many similarities.

 

Now to that houndstooth, my first thought was a skirt but Paige (my oldest) said, “Mom, this fabric needs to be shorts.”  She was so right plus that was perfect for my need for summer clothes.  I really do wear shorts quite a bit in the summer and it helps me stay cool and keep from being grumpy in the summer!  I had seen so many great versions of the Maritime shorts, I knew I had to try that pattern.

 

My first change was to lengthen the shorts to my go-to length, which is 6″, I am a Nana and that seems more appropriate for me.

Mood Fabrics' navy and white houndstooth cotton and navy cotton using Grainline Maritime shorts and McCall;s 6436

 

I went down a size after making a muslin and I did have to take in almost 1″ in the center back just below the waist.  On this pair of shorts, I did a bit more tweaking in the size.  The cotton-lycra blend has nice stretch and I took in a bit more on the side seams.    I can’t wait to make more of these shorts, each pair can be a bit different.  Adding more topstitching, belt loops, different back pockets or embellishements on the pocket, to name a few.  This pattern does have the most unique way to sew the front zipper but it gives great results.  Another thing to point out is this a quick pattern to sew, I made these Wednesday night in about 2-1/2 hours.

I could not ask for better fabrics for summertime in Missouri, Mood Fabrics’ has great selection of cotton-lycras and linens for natural fibers to beat the heat.

I plan on sewing, enjoying the outdoors and hanging by the pool this summer (of course, work, too).  What are your summer plans?

Mood Fabrics' navy and white houndstooth cotton and navy cotton using Grainline Maritime shorts and McCall;s 6436

 

 

Whatever your summer plans and summer sewing plans, I hope you have a very fun summer.

Mood Fabrics' navy and white houndstooth cotton and navy cotton using Grainline Maritime shorts and McCall;s 6436

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Comments


  • Lauren
    June 6, 2014

    All I have to say to this is – WOW!! Ok, I have more to say I guess :) Lori, I loveee this! I know you will definitely get a lot of wear out of both pieces, and they will look stunning on their own… but the combination of them together just screams summer to me. It’s so perfect! Awesome job, and I’m totally jealous of that pool :)

    • Lori
      June 8, 2014

      Thanks so much, Lauren, I love this outfit, too. I wore the shorts on Saturday with a crew neck sweater as it was cool and rainy. I do love our pool and feel very fortunate to have one, I have always loved swimming and try to go every night.

  • Debra
    June 6, 2014

    I love this outfit!

    • Lori
      June 8, 2014

      Thank you Debra, it will be a favorite this year.

  • Sarah Gunn
    June 6, 2014

    Fantastic, Lori! Shorts in 2 1/2 hours? I’m totally on board! Your daughter gave you gave advice in making shorts over a skirt – and the blouse is lovely :)

    • Lori
      June 8, 2014

      Thanks, Sarah, I need to add I cut the shorts out the night before but still very quick to make. Paige usually is right on with the fashion advice and she certainly was this time, too.

  • Cennetta
    June 6, 2014

    Okay, Lori. You’re reading my mind. Blue is a primary color in my summer wardrobe too. Great minds think alike. Tee Hee. I love your summertime outfit. Perfect fabric and style combo.

    These days I’m spending a lot of time thinking “sewing”. Got to get my wardrobe ready for all those “music in the park” events.

    Happy Sewing!
    Cennetta

    • Lori
      June 8, 2014

      Thanks, Cenetta, this outfit might be worn out by the end of summer, I know I will wear it so much. I agree, I think about sewing in the summer more than I actually sew.

  • Erica B.
    June 6, 2014

    I love this! This is a perfect summer outfit! It’s cool and casual, yet you still look perfectly polished!

    • Lori
      June 8, 2014

      Polished is a great way to describe this outfit with a casual feel, too. Thanks, Erica.

  • Joen
    June 6, 2014

    Love the outfit I’m a fan of blue and white for the summer too!

    • Lori
      June 9, 2014

      Thanks Joen, there is something about navy and white, just so classic I guess.

  • Patty
    June 6, 2014

    Cute blog post…cute outfit! Love the shorts, I agree with your daughter that the fabric was better suited for shorts than a skirt!

    • Lori
      June 9, 2014

      Thanks Patty, Paige usually gives very good advice, the thing is I just need to listen more! :)

  • Karen
    June 6, 2014

    Great outfit and perfect for Missouri summers. I grew up in St Louis and now live in Houston so I’m all about wearing natural (breathable) fabrics! Your fit and sewing skills are perfection and I enjoy your blog so much!

    • Lori
      June 9, 2014

      Yes, Karen, crazy Missouri weather, 60′ s and 70′s this weekend. Thanks so much for the kind compliments, on my sewing and blog.

  • angie norman
    June 6, 2014

    Laurie, this is a lovely outfit. I too live in Missouri and you are so right about wearing natural fabrics. I’ve been following your blog and I like your style and admire your talent.

    • Lori
      June 9, 2014

      Hello fellow Missourian, Angie, we do need the cool fabrics to combat the humidity. Thanks so much for your kind words, I appreciate it.

  • Katalin
    June 7, 2014

    You look divine in this outfit Lori! It is just perfect!
    I love blue also.

    • Lori
      June 9, 2014

      Awww, Thanks, Katalin, I love this outfit.

  • Fiona
    June 7, 2014

    Fantastic makes Lori! Both look so professional and easy to wear and make a great outfit when paired together. Lovely fabric choices too!

    • Lori
      June 9, 2014

      These two fabrics are just home runs in my book. I loved sewing each of them, thanks so much.

  • Peter
    June 7, 2014

    What a great summer outfit, Lori! I think that shirt is perfection — beautifully detailed. Love it.

    • Lori
      June 9, 2014

      Oh, Peter, that means so much as you make the greatest shirts ever. Thanks.

  • Sallie
    June 7, 2014

    Oh I am so JEALOUS of those pool pics!! Could definitely use one of those here in Texas! Haha!
    I just love this whole outfit! It definitely screams ‘summer’! Great pattern and fabric pairings! I have that McCall’s shirt pattern too, and you’re totally right, it runs really long! But seeing yours reminds me that I’ve been wanting to make a version just like this (might even copy the navy blue, too!) And I love the blue houndstooth shorts. Such great classic pieces!

    • Lori
      June 9, 2014

      Thanks Sallie, I do love my pool, you will find me in it almost every day. It turned unseasonably cool on Saturday, I paired my shorts with a sweater and felt very stylish :) Can’t wait to see your McCall’s shirt.

  • Amanda S.
    June 7, 2014

    Seriously LOVE this entire outfit!!! You look awesome in blue, I can see why it’s your favorite color!

    • Lori
      June 9, 2014

      Thanks, Amanda, I appreciate it.

  • MushyWear
    June 8, 2014

    Such a fresh, sophisticated summer outfit. I love everything about it. The details on the top are perfectly done. You are sure to get a lot of wear out of these pieces.

    • Lori
      June 9, 2014

      Thanks, Shannon, I think these 2 garments will be worn so much this summer.

  • Beth Conkwright
    June 8, 2014

    So fresh and pretty for summer. Love the outfit.

    • Lori
      June 9, 2014

      Thank you, Beth, I love this outfit.

  • Diana
    June 8, 2014

    I love this outfit and navy and white are definitely summer favorites.

    • Lori
      June 9, 2014

      Thank you, Diana, I am so fond of navy and white.

  • Helena@grayallday
    June 8, 2014

    This is so great! The navy and white, the shorts, the buttons! It is easy without being sloppy, and so perfect for summer. Great work! It looks like it came from J. Crew!

    • Lori
      June 9, 2014

      Oh, wow, I will take looks like JCrew anyday. Thanks so much these are two great fabrics with two great patterns.

  • Kate McIvor
    June 8, 2014

    Now I want some of those shorts! So cute! I love blue and white for summer, too.

    • Lori
      June 9, 2014

      thanks, Kate, you should try the pattern, it is a great one.

  • Ginger
    June 8, 2014

    Pool party at Lori’s!!!!! This is such a cute outfit!

    • Lori
      June 9, 2014

      Yea!! Pool Party – you are invited anytime you come to Missouri, that would be a great reason for a party.

  • Sew Busy Lizzy
    June 13, 2014

    The entire outfit is fabulous but the shirt really takes the cake for me! It’s uber stylish in such an understated way. I bet you get loads of wear out of it!

    • Lori
      June 16, 2014

      Thank you so much, Lizzy, I really love all of this outfit and I know it will be a summer favorite.