Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Silk Mandarin Blouse




I have a weak spot for the Chinese inspired blouses. The details of the piped, mandarin collars and frog fasteners just plain appeal to me. So last year, I ran across this piece of fine silk at the thrift.  Although I was a bit intimidated at the idea of working with silk fabric, I threw caution to the wind and brought the 3 yards for a whopping 4 dollars. I was careful to line up the fabric's firer, red flowers front and center. I am pretty happy with the result and have determined that silk is easier than I believed it would be. The vintage, well made bolero is also a thrift find, but I refashioned it to suit better. It had a swing style that was unflattering on me, so I unpicked the lining and collar to adjusted it for a better fit. I whipped up the black ginger skirt this past week to match up with the blouse and bolero. The vintage pin , fan and 50's handbag complete the look.

Pattern:  Blouse Simplicity 5098, Ginger skirt by Colette Patterns
Fabric:  Silk for the blouse,  Linen blend for the skirt
Make Again?  Yes, for sure! I am wondering if the blouse might look nice in a solid color with contrasting piping.

My husband and I are doing our Valentine dinner this weekend, he said he could see me wearing this outfit on our date. So I think I am going to be wearing it soon. Maybe we'll go for some Chinese, sweet and sour chicken sounds yummy.

Have a wonderful vintage day!

Gina

39 comments:

  1. OMG LOVE LOVE LOVE !! What an amazing top ! The ginger is pretty darn good too. I love silk and all things oriental - and you really did an excellent job. The fabric is just perfect for the style of the top. Awesome make ! :-) xx

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you, such a great comment, made my day!

      Delete
  2. GORGEOUS!!! That is definitely your blouse - it is PERFECT on you!!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I have made so many of these now, can't get away from them.

      Delete
  3. Oh my god, this is just fabulous! I love this blouse, just amazing, and so chic and elegant, but completely original! I'm terrified of silk, but you have inspired me! Well fricking done. LOVE.
    And the skirt and jacket are also lovely.
    Happy Valentine's Day!
    Strugglesewsastraightseam.wordpress.com

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Leah, don't be afraid if I can work with silk you can for sure. Just go slow and enjoy.

      Delete
  4. Gina you look just gorgeous in this it's perfect for you. Very good thinking to center that large flower too. This style really fits you well. And another thing your weight doesn't appear to be any kind of a problem now you look thin! Nan

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks Nan, I have been working on my weight. I have loss some, it's so hard keeping it down. You always look great, I am thinking of starting an exercising program.

      Delete
  5. I love this!! I think it is my favourite thing you've made - and that is saying something! The print placement looks so stunning.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks Sherry, it means a lot you said that. The print placement took some time but worth it in the long run.

      Delete
  6. Beautiful blouse! Fabric and fit are stunning!

    ReplyDelete
  7. Gina...this blouse is STUNNING! Wow, wow, wow! That fabric is just perfect!!!! LOVE it!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks Debi, You are so good at picking fabric out, I had a friend tell me the print was too big to make a garment with. I think it came out fine.

      Delete
  8. Eppp! I love the pieces! I love the look all together! I just love all of it! :)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks Sweetie, I loved your video on victory rolls, great job!

      Delete
  9. Oh Gina what a beautiful ensemble and how lovely these photos are! The jacket refashion is very impressive and looks marvellous, and I love your blouse. What a super outfit! xxx

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks Mrs. Exeter, the jacket was a lot of fun.

      Delete
  10. that's a very pretty outfit, I think it is very difficult to work with silk, right? You look very pretty

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hi Lizzy, yes it was hard getting the sleeves in without wrinkles, but I was surprised that it wasn't as hard as I thought it would be, mostly it just took extra time and pins to hold everything into place.

      Delete
  11. That's a fantastic outfit for you. The color combo works great with your skin tones.
    Theresa

    ReplyDelete
  12. You wear this outfit so well, gorgeous!

    ReplyDelete
  13. Like everyone else has said, this blouse has got to be one of my favourite things you have made - it is just so so flattering on you! And it works so perfectly with your Ginger skirt.
    Simply gorgeous!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks! I can't get away from the Ginger. Suzie, I have been trying to leave you comments but can't. I like the work you have been doing. Such beautiful things.

      Delete
  14. Love that blouse, both the fabric and the style.

    ReplyDelete
  15. Gorgeous!!! I just love the fabric you used; such a great find. :) I pretty much want to steal this entire outfit from you! hehe!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you Casey, Steal my outfit funny girl. I have to admit the swing bolero reminds me of you. He he!

      Delete
  16. This looks totally fab on you! Very slimming too!

    ReplyDelete
  17. It looks really good! very flattering and I bet your husband will enjoy having you on his arm on your date :)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Oh so sweet, my husband still loves me after 21 years of marriage. Thank you Rachel

      Delete
  18. It is gorgeous and you look stunning!

    ReplyDelete
  19. Totally amazing! You and the blouse!

    ReplyDelete
  20. You look stunning in this blouse, what an amazing job you've done especially with lining up the print.

    Now following and can't wait to see more of your work!

    $4 for silk! Wow what a score.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hi Bri! thanks for following, The lining up of the print was really important to me, I didn't want the blouse to look homemade! I too, was shocked to get silk that cheap!

      Delete
  21. How come thrifted fabric I find looks like Mrs Brady's guestroom curtains and yours is lovely silk? Beautiful outfit!!! I have to visit here more.

    ReplyDelete
  22. The blouse is fabulous. I wish I had the courage (and skill) to sew silk. Your whole styling of this piece takes my breath away.

    ReplyDelete