Summer Eyelet

Today’s outfit inspiration comes from a completely new realm for me – watercolor painting!

Eyelet Peplum Top & Thurlow Shorts made with Mood Fabrics

I signed up for a watercolor painting class earlier this summer, and I’ve really been enjoying the process of learning something new – and the results that come with it! This is one of the paintings I did in my final class; no, it wasn’t a fashion illustration class, but the teacher was open to letting us paint whatever wanted (and in my case, it was fashion illustration! Which amused her to no end :) ). I had some swatches from Mood Fabrics that I knew I wanted to turn into an outfit, but the outfit inspiration didn’t come until my pen er, watercolor hit the paper :)

Eyelet Peplum Top & Thurlow Shorts made with Mood Fabrics

Let’s start at the top and work our way down! I used Simplicity 1425 for the pattern, and cut the most simple version. My fabric is this beautiful white cotton eyelet from Mood fabrics, which I underlined with this bright white cotton batiste (also from Mood Fabrics), for modesty and some opacity. It’s still a little on the sheer side – as in, I have to watch what color undergarments I’m wearing! – but the two fabrics together make such a fun light and airy top.

Eyelet Peplum Top & Thurlow Shorts made with Mood Fabrics

Sewing was very simple and straightfoward. After cutting my pieces from both the eyelet and batiste, I underlined them by hand so they could be treated as one. Since the fabrics are so lightweight (even when stacked together), I used a 70/10 Microtex needle to prevent puckering. Most of the inside seams are serged, although I did finish the armholes and neckline with bias binding (cut from the same batiste). I topstitched a few of the seam lines – the princess seams and the waist seam – for visual interest, and to better match the topstitched bias binding and hemline.

Eyelet Peplum Top & Thurlow Shorts made with Mood Fabrics

Oh yeah, I also gave it an exposed zipper right down the back! Kind of toughens up the overall sweetness of the eyelet, yeah? :) This pattern was actually written for there to be buttons down the back – which is a cute idea in theory, but they only called for 3. THREE. How that doesn’t look like a hot mess when you’re wearing the top and moving around is beyond me. So I swapped out my buttons for a fun zipper and I’m loving the way it turned out.

Eyelet Peplum Top & Thurlow Shorts made with Mood Fabrics

Now for the shorts! I used my beloved Sewaholic Thurlow pattern, matched up with this amazing plum organic cotton twill from Mood Fabrics. My love affair with that organic cotton twill should be well known at this point, I hope. That stuff is amazing. Soft and cottony with a bright, saturated color… a dream to sew, and a dream to wear. I’ve actually made another pair of Thurlows with this same organic cotton twill fabric (in a different colorway) for the Mood Sewing Network before, and I’m sorry y’all have to see it again. Just kidding, I’m not sorry! These shorts rule! Get you some of that organic cotton twill, you won’t regret it!

Eyelet Peplum Top & Thurlow Shorts made with Mood Fabrics

Eyelet Peplum Top & Thurlow Shorts made with Mood Fabrics

Anyway, back to the shorts! This is a classic trouser style, so that means my shorts feature welt pockets, belt loops, and a curved waistband. I love how the topstitching looks so gorgeous and crisp against this fabric – and check out that fun lining! Yeah girl! That comes courtesy of this crazy/awesome psychedelic cotton voile print, which is unfortuanately sold out now (but take a look at the other cotton voiles from Mood Fabrics. Sweet!). I love putting crazy prints in my pants because, dude, why not? Business in the front, party on the inside. Or something like that!

Eyelet Peplum Top & Thurlow Shorts made with Mood Fabrics

For fun, here’s a picture of me trying to imitate my fashion illustration! I don’t quite have the shoes, but I DO have the purse! :)

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  • Peter
    July 21, 2014

    Great outfit! The top is lovely — so well fitted — and I am in awe of your double welt back pockets!

    • Lladybird
      July 21, 2014

      Thanks, Peter! Coming from someone who regularly knocks out some of the most gorgeous tailoring/welt goodness, that’s an extra huge compliment ;)

  • Rachel
    July 21, 2014

    Outfit AND painting both look awesome! You should totally sew up that bag, too!

  • Rachel
    July 21, 2014

    Just saw last picture…. Silly me!

    • Lladybird
      July 21, 2014

      Haha yeah… I’m not much of a bag maker :P Not to mention, I WISH I could get my hands on that lemon fabric! Oh well, at least I have the bag haha

  • Amanda S.
    July 21, 2014

    Great outfit! I’m going to have to bookmark that cotton – it looks like the perfect weight for bottoms. Love the zipper down the back of the eyelet.

    • Lladybird
      July 21, 2014

      Ohh, you’re totally right! As long as you underlined it with the right fabric, it would make a beautiful bottom weight :D

      • I was writing about the organic cotton twill you used for the shorts, which it doesn’t look like you underlined. Yikes, thin white eyelet shorts – now that would be a disaster! Maybe for a naughty pair of pj’s? ;)

        • Lladybird
          July 22, 2014

          HAHAHA!! Well that’s what I get for not clarifying! :P Hey now, though, don’t knock them thin white eyelet shorts until you tried ‘em! :) haha!

  • Nicole
    July 21, 2014

    Love it! I might have to borrow your idea for the top. I’ve been eying that eyelet for awhile. Love the watercolor too! It has a definite 60s fashion illustration vibe to it.

    • Lladybird
      July 21, 2014

      You should! I’ve been wearing mine all day and every time I look in the mirror it just makes me so happy. Such a fun and simple little summer top :)

  • Theresa
    July 21, 2014

    I’ve had my eye on that organic twill, and after reading your post and seeing your results, I think I might have to add a few yards to my next order. It’s so crisp and smooth!

    • Lladybird
      July 21, 2014

      Definitely get you some! I love this stuff, might even be my favorite fabric that Mood sells :)

  • Lori
    July 21, 2014

    I like all of the is outfit, beautiful use of all the fabrics. Great job on the watercolor, too.

  • The Nerdy Seamstress
    July 21, 2014

    I love your outfit, especially the eyelet top! Your outfit, picture looks exactly like your illustration! I wish I can paint, draw anything close to your illustration. Great work!

    • Lladybird
      July 21, 2014

      Aww, thank you! I’m so pleased you think the illustration actually looks like the finished outfit :D If it makes you feel any better, I’m pretty crap at drawing figures – I always get the proportions wrong. Fashion Illustration (at least, um, when I do fashion illustration hahahaha) is all about tracing! :)

      • Destiny
        August 11, 2014

        Wow I must confess you make some very trahnnect points.

  • Cennetta
    July 21, 2014

    Like everyone else has stated, “I love your outfit. Excellent fabric choices. I have about three of the marine blue twill. It’s slated for a simplicity jacket, and it is gorgeous fabric. The detailing on your shorts is perfect. Great job, Lauren. Keep inspiring. ;-)
    Cennetta

    • Lladybird
      July 22, 2014

      Thank you! I can’t wait to see your jacket – I’ve been dying to make a jacket in this twill, but I can’t seem to tear myself away from using it as a bottomweight :)

  • WOW! Watercolour can be a tricky medium, and you have some mad skillz Lauren! Well done! I love your outfit, especially your shorts! I’m hearing Thurlow calling my name!

    • Lladybird
      July 22, 2014

      Thank you! :) Now, don’t ignore that siren call – Thurlows neeeed you :)

  • Zeila
    July 21, 2014

    Hmmm, I might need some of that plum cotton….how is it for wrinkling?

    • Lladybird
      July 22, 2014

      Well, it’s cotton, so it’s unfortunately not immune to wrinkling. Just normal wrinkling, though – I get folds in the legs from where I sit down, and they fall out after standing for a little while. I don’t mind the wrinkles because I prefer them to wearing polyester :)

    • Flip
      August 11, 2014

      I guess finding useful, reliable inirtmaofon on the internet isn’t hopeless after all.

  • Cissie
    July 22, 2014

    Such a cute summer outfit. Love the peplum top with shorts! And that crazy lining is perfect. I’ve heard great things about the Thurlow pattern. How does it work on folks like me with no shape — just straight up and down?

    • Lladybird
      July 22, 2014

      Thurlow is a great pattern, but you might be better off finding one that is more geared for the less curvy – otherwise you’ll find yourself doing a LOT of alterations to get it to work with your shape :( I’m starting to size out of the Thurlows, and I need to do quite a bit of work to get them to fit me correctly now. I’d suggest just getting a different pattern – or at least a different base pattern, and using the Thurlow for it’s instructions and detail (such as the welt pockets) :)

  • Erica B.
    July 24, 2014

    I love both pieces! I’d totally wear this!

  • Sew Well
    July 24, 2014

    I love that eyelet! And, I still need to try the Thurlow pattern. It’s been sitting in my stash way too long!

  • Sew Busy Lizzy
    July 25, 2014

    Sewing, painting, writing… what can’t you do! I love that white eyelet and I’m always amazed by your Thurlows – no wonder you love that pattern… I think it loves you.

  • Fiona
    August 2, 2014

    Lauren you look so darn cute in this outfit! Just like your illustration (which is awesome by the way)! Perfect summer combo. I ordered myself some of the cotton twill just because of how great you said it was and now I want to make everything from it! Such good stuff