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