Navy with Gold Brocade

This outfit started with two different fabrics ordered 3 months apart, first I ordered this Mood Fabrics’ Blue Gray Solid Suiting,

thinking it would be a jacket but the fabric is lightweight and it sat on the shelf while I contemplated what it would become. I washed this fabric on gentle and felt it would be a perfect blouse, dark navy with gold buttons. I wanted a dressier blouse pattern and fitted, so I went with a favorite, Butterick 5526

I found this Mood Fabrics’ Elegant Italian Brocade in my cart and soon on my doorstep.

I knew what I wanted to make, after all, the description dared me, and I quote, “or dare to make a pair of cropped trousers. ” So I did, using Burda Style 6981

The blouse went together beautifully, the trousers. had a few challenges.

Mood fabrics' brocade crop pants and wool blouse

I just love the dark navy and gold combination, which I have seen quite a bit in the fashion world and on Pinterest. Don’t you just love when something so fabulous just falls into your lap? Or in this case my sewing table.

The blouse has wonderful details – a fitted look, pleated pockets, an option for a princess seams (no, my blouse does not have princess seams). Initially, I wanted bright gold buttons but I found these antique gold ones in my stash and it was love at first sight, they are a perfect contrast for the amazing navy wool. Let’s talk about wool, I have been a bit anti-wool, it would itch and I would avoid it but I am becoming more adventurous and venturing out with the wool. This is my second wool top and I can wear them and love them and enjoy the greatness of wool. What I have been missing, limiting my use of wool to jackets, don’t worry this all will be changing.

Wool blouse made from Mood fabric's lightweight wool

Now let’s talk about these gold brocade trousers, fabulous fabric, amazing to sew and stitch and create a great pair of crop trousers. Crop trousers, that I might add have the approval of one of my college freshman daughters. Home on spring break, she stated, I love that blouse, Mom and the pants are good, too! Woo-hoo, teenage daughter approval, I can leave the house! Sorry, a bit exaggerated but it does help when Mom doesn’t embarrass them. I think in this outfit it is all a plus. I went out of my comfort zone with these pants and the fabric choice but I do love them so much.

Mood fabrics' gold brocade crop pants with navy wool blouse

For pants I usually make a different Burda pattern but I was looking for a higher rise trouser and slimmer legs, so I went with this Burda pattern but it wasn’t without some issues.

Let’s talk a bit about the challenges of these trouser. First, these are a higher waisted trouser, I took out 1-1/2″ from the rise, this was more the look I wanted. I added welt pockets to the back and shortened the back dart since I was adding welt pockets. There are darts in the front of the pants, which I totally eliminated, the muslin just fit my shape better without the darts.

I did match the fabric at the side seams, the center back is good but the front zipper placket is perfect, hurray success! A picture of the details of the outfit, minus my squinty eyes. What a glorious day here in the Midwest, 70 degrees with bright sunshine and my eyes are not use to the bright sunlight after this winter. mood fabrics' brocade and wool9

You might notice my zipper goes the opposite way than the pattern. There is a very good reason for this, I was trimming the pocket and I cut into the zipper extension. I about fainted right on the spot, after several deep breaths, I took a closer look and it wasn’t into the front of the pants. My solution to this scissor craziness was to reverse the zipper. The cut was fixed with fusible interfacing and a mending stitches. All of this is hidden on the inside of the pants so no outside evidence of my big mistake. It is one of those things no one would know unless I confessed and I did just that to all of you, so now you know.

I will love wearing these garments together or with several other combinations.

Mood fabrics' gold brocade trousers and navy wool blouse

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Comments


  • Cennetta
    March 12, 2014

    The outfit looks great on you. I also love the combination of navy and gold. Your wool blouse looks very comfortable and not like the “traditional” wool fabric.

    • Lori
      March 13, 2014

      Thanks, Cennetta, I appreciate the comments, the wool fabric is the perfect weight for a blouse.

  • Peter
    March 12, 2014

    Beautiful outfit, Lori! Here’s another vote for the navy and gold combo — very elegant.

    • Lori
      March 13, 2014

      Thank you, Peter, it is a striking color combination.

  • Sarah Gunn
    March 13, 2014

    Two gorgeous pieces, Lori – but those pants are killers! Beautiful brocade and a fabulous fit. What a terrific ensemble 🙂

    • Lori
      March 13, 2014

      Thank you, Sarah, it is nice to have 2 pants patterns to choose from. Each a bit different in style.

  • Ginger
    March 13, 2014

    I love this color combo, too, and the fit and detail of these garments is impeccable! Well done! I hope you loved making these trousers because it sounds like you may have to make a few more pairs now that you’ve got daughter approval!

    • Lori
      March 13, 2014

      Thanks so much, I have a couple more pairs in mind, that is for sure. One was a black and white fabric which was the deal at Mood a couple weeks ago.

  • Cissie
    March 13, 2014

    You look fabulous in this outfit! Your pants are great!

    • Lori
      March 13, 2014

      Thanks, Cissie, I really like this outfit.

  • Sallie
    March 13, 2014

    Navy and gold is such a winning combination! I also love the textural element these brocade trousers bring! Fabulous outfit!! Oh! And that shirt is FLAWLESS!

    • Lori
      March 13, 2014

      Thanks, Sallie, I love both the pieces and know they will be great additions to my wardrobe.

  • Diana
    March 13, 2014

    I love this whole outfit and you look great in it. I admire you for going out of your comfort zone.

    • Lori
      March 13, 2014

      Thank you, Diana, it was a bit hard but I am so happy I did.

  • Joen
    March 13, 2014

    Great outfit! Love the cut of the pant leg!

    • Lori
      March 14, 2014

      Thank you, Joen, so do I.

  • Sharon
    March 13, 2014

    Great outfit, great job styling and, most important, great job constructing. Each piece is so versatile and can stand on its own.

    • Lori
      March 14, 2014

      Thank you, Sharon, you are right these will be good on their own, too.

  • Sue @ A Colourful Canvas
    March 13, 2014

    Perfection!!! A really pretty and classic outfit Lori, I love it! The trousers ended up fitting beautifully. I love welt pockets on the trouser backs, but rarely make the effort to sew them. They are totally worth the extra time now that I’m seeing yours!

    • Lori
      March 14, 2014

      Thanks, Sue, I almost left off the welt pockets but thought they would add to the outfit.

  • Vicki
    March 13, 2014

    Loving navy and gold! Your outfit is perfect.

    • Lori
      March 14, 2014

      Thank you, Vicki, the colors are fabulous together.

  • Kyle
    March 13, 2014

    Looks great!

    • Lori
      March 14, 2014

      Thank you, Kyle.

  • Fiona
    March 14, 2014

    Gorgeous outfit Lori. I totally love those gold brocade trousers and the choice to use gold buttons on the blouse

    • Lori
      March 14, 2014

      Thank you, Fiona, the buttons are perfect for the blouse.

  • Amanda S.
    March 16, 2014

    Love the blue and gold color combo!

    • Lori
      March 20, 2014

      Thank you, Amanda, I do to! 🙂

  • Pamela H.
    March 16, 2014

    What a smashing outfit – it would never have occurred to me to use the brocade as pants. Now, like you, I know what I have been missing. On a separate note, I would like to give a shout out to Mood – I recently received my first order consisting of two fabrics. I was stunned and captivated by the INCREDIBLE QUALITY!! Thank you Mood Fabrics – coming back for more!

    • Lori
      March 20, 2014

      Thanks, Pamela and so happy you love your Mood Fabrics’ order. I know each and everytime I open my box from Mood I am so thrilled with the quality of my fabric. Not to mention the vast assortment online.

  • Elizabeth
    March 20, 2014

    Very elegant. Love the brocade pants.

    • Lori
      March 20, 2014

      Thank you, Elizabeth