Transitional Basics in Beautiful Fabrics

Silk Blouse & Wool Crepe Pants in Mood Fabrics - Erica B.'s DIY Style!
I’ve been needing to fill in the blanks in my closet with classic “go-to” pieces for a while now.  And what better time than transitional wardrobe season with classic black and white.Silk Blouse in Mood Fabrics - Erica B.'s DIY Style!

I love white shirts and white blouses.  The more interesting, the better… a not-so basic “basic” you could say. This Rebecca Taylor Vogue 1387 blouse is perfect.  It’s great for layering under a jacket now and perfect on its own for the warmer months.  I chose this beautiful Carolina Herrera single-ply silk crepe  from Mood Fabrics because it reminded me of the original designer garment. And what a great choice this was!
Silk Blouse in Mood Fabrics - Erica B.'s DIY Style!
This fabric was so easy to work with, that I forgot it was silk!  I pre-washed it in hot water and machine dried it on full blast heat.  And pressed it afterwards.  There was minimal shrinkage.  It cut perfectly and remained on the grain.  With the exception of my normal one-inch lengthening at the waist, this pattern was practically sewn straight out of the envelope.
Silk Blouse & Wool Crepe Pants in Mood Fabrics - Erica B.'s DIY Style!
I used French seams of course, and a narrow hem. The way the yoke is sewn, I had to do some hand stitching there. But this one is a winner. I would love to have this fabric in several more colors, just so I could make this blouse again.
Silk Blouse & Wool Crepe Pants in Mood Fabrics - Erica B.'s DIY Style!
For the pants, I used Simplicity 1887, that I had previously used. I picked this beautiful medium-weight black wool crepe from Mood Fabrics that’s perfect for wearing in the springtime.  I wanted a pair of pleated, black, slouchy pants that had a semi-tailored, but casual feel. Like I can dress these up if I need to!  This fabric sewed like a dream.  I could see this wool crepe being used to make all sorts of wardrobe staples not only for trousers, but for a sheath dress, a blazer and a pencil skirt.

So if you’re choosing to make basic garments, choose beautiful fabrics and allow them to be the stars!

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Comments


  • Ginger
    February 3, 2014

    These are both gorgeous, classic pieces! Well done!

    • Erica B.
      February 3, 2014

      Thanks Ginger!

  • Janine
    February 3, 2014

    Both pieces are winners! I can’t believe that silk took all that punishment and came out so beautifully – what a gorgeous piece of fabric!

    • Erica B.
      February 3, 2014

      For a blouse like this that I plan to wear A LOT, I need to know that it can be washed without shrinkage! Thanks!

  • Amanda S.
    February 3, 2014

    You can never have too much black and white. I especially love the blouse and am so glad to hear it stitched up so nicely. I’ve been saving that same fabric for something special. It is dreamy stuff!

    • Erica B.
      February 3, 2014

      That fabric is divine! Thanks Amanda!

  • Lori
    February 3, 2014

    Wonderful classic pieces for your wardrobe. I like both of these patterns and the fabrics are gorgeous.

  • Stephanie
    February 3, 2014

    Wow! The blouse is looks perfect on you! I just received this pattern in the mail, and I am not kidding, but I have the same exact fabric from Mood too!

    • Erica B.
      February 4, 2014

      Thanks Stephanie, this fabric is incredible!

  • fabric tragic
    February 3, 2014

    They’re lovely pieces – I wholly agree with your advice to choose the most beautiful fabric you can for basics! I try and stick to this rule….

    • Erica B.
      February 4, 2014

      Thanks Fabric Tragic!

  • Peter
    February 3, 2014

    Such lovely pieces and together they’re wonderful. Great job!

    • Erica B.
      February 4, 2014

      Thanks Peter!

  • Sarah Gunn
    February 3, 2014

    These are basics with a twist! Beautiful sewing, Erica :)

    • Erica B.
      February 4, 2014

      Thanks Sarah!

  • jessica
    February 3, 2014

    I absolutely love sewing, although i still need some help.
    Check out my technique on this firefly costume and give me some feedback please.
    Click on the picture and like it please. https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=244911379023373&set=a.244911055690072.1073741828.244907315690446&type=1&theater
    I made the costume and would love to see her win!! Thanks in Advance!!

  • Christy
    February 4, 2014

    I’m so pleased to see you make up this pattern. I have it winging its way to me now. I love this combination. You definitely can’t beat classic black and white. You look great!

    • Erica B.
      February 4, 2014

      Thanks Christy!

  • Sallie
    February 4, 2014

    These are just wonderful, Erica! I love a classic black and white palette and completely agree that some luxe fabrics is definitely the way to dress up basics!!

    • Sallie
      February 4, 2014

      Oh! Also, I’ve had my eye on that blouse, so it’s so great to see it made up! It’s a beauty!

    • Erica B.
      February 4, 2014

      Thanks Sallie!

  • Virginia
    February 5, 2014

    Wow. That is pretty fantastic. :-)

  • P.
    February 22, 2014

    Wow. What a beautiful blouse. You did an amazing job, totally inspiring!!!