Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Mail order blouse and Ginger




What can I say about this outfit? It's a bit of a surprise to me, as I didn't expect this project to fall into place, but I love it.  The blouse came from an unmarked, mail order, dress pattern. Last year I started making the dress, but the skirt didn't seem to fit or line up with the bodice. I thought of grading it (truing) and did, but there were other issues. So after many attempts at making the dress, it was thrown into the UFO pile.  I finally got back to it and decided to draft a new bodice using parts of the pattern. I am not a fan of the edge stitched pleats included on the original bodice, although edge stitched pleat look pretty on the ironing board, they did nothing for my waistline. Anyway, after a year of sitting in a basket this UFO is solved! I really like the added trim for fun. And of course I paired it with yet another ginger skirt in  cherry red. The ginger has become a staple in my wardrobe. I have to say, I enjoy them plain, out of the box, but I think I am ready for some pockets or piping next time.

Pattern:  Blouse- it's a Sew-Rite 8251 and Ginger by Colette Patterns for the skirt

Fabric:  Blouse- Cotton, vintage buttons, skirt-gabardine

Make Again?  Yes, I would like the blouse in many colors mostly because I can move in it very well, no tight arms, hooray!

Alterations:  Of course.  The blouse is a 32 bust, which is perfect for my shoulders, but my hip line needs added inches. With the Ginger I have decided that I need to make them a bit smaller in the waistline. I have been cutting the size 8 and it's about two inches too big. So I'll be working on that for the next time.

Have a wonderful vintage day,

Gina

21 comments:

  1. That blouse is gorgeous! You suit these bold/primary colours so well!
    Nice job!
    Px

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  2. I really, really like this blouse! Every looks so coordinated with your jewelry, purse, and shoes. What a perfect outfit, for what looks like a perfect day.

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  3. What a perfect outfit! I love the picture of you in front of the green wall--the colors look fantastic.

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  4. What a totally awesome outfit!!! That blouse is incredible and I'm trying to subdue waves of jealously right now!!! xxx

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  5. Oh, and BTW, congrats on mustering up the motivation to go back to a previous disappointment. This is very inspiring for anyone who has a pile of those projects sitting in the corner. Your new header looks really nice too xx

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  6. Love it! The blouse is lovely and all the red makes for an awesome outfit. :)

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  7. Oh, I love it! It's so colorful & cheerful :D

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  8. That is a beautiful blouse! The details are really lovely!

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  9. I love, love, love this outfit! Your blouse fabric is perfect in every way and it works so well with your Beautiful Ginger!!!

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  10. This is fabulous! A perfectly pulled together outfit for a spring day! :]

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  11. I've had projects that went like this, but I'm glad you finished this, it makes a beautiful top!

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  12. Wow! Love everything about it! The red trim *pops* - so pretty against the print!

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  13. Gina, the skirt is very pretty and that blouse is a treasure! I want one just like it! You did a lovely job on this outfit- it is unique and gorgeous. Can I just say again that I love that blouse? It's perfect!

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  14. I love it! IT is so cute :) The whole ensemble looks very flattering on you.

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  15. Such a cute combination. I love both together and they look great on you!

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  16. I love everything about this and if I saw it in a shop I would buy it right away! It has a little western with the trim yet a fun feeling.also super flattering on your tiny waist.

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  17. I adore every single thing about your outfit! That vintage fabric was an awesome find.

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  18. This blouse is beautiful.. What can we say about the ginger/perfect skirt pattern!! Fantastic outfit.. Happy sewing

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  19. So cute! Love the fabric too - Also a quick note to let you know that I've nominated you for a blog award! No need to participate but you can check out my blog if you're interested! :)

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    1. Thank you! I am going to check out your blog,

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  20. I love it! the trim is perfect. :)

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