|L to R: Tie-neck peplum, Gathered bodice w/Peter Pan collar, Reverse button-down hi-low|
I love each and every one of these tops, let me just say. They will probably get a WHOLE lotta use out of them this season.
The first blouse: I had this red floral and navy dalmatian print silky fabric that I had purchased from a thrift store sometime ago. I got about 3 yards for 99 cents. I didn't realize I had that much until I started making this shirt. When I laid the fabric out I knew exactly what I wanted it to be. So I set out to make this sleeveless tie-neck peplum bad-boy. I love the vintage print, and I think this style further adds to the beauty of this interesting silky fabric. The interesting thing about the fabric is that although it has a silky texture, it also has some jacquard dots allover it. That creates some fun texture to the top as a whole. I really like the vintage/modern look of it all. I needed more "dressy" blouses (that are also long enough to cover my plumber's crack). This will look delightful paired with a cardi.
The second blouse: I don't even remember where I got this fabric from; I think it may have been at an antique mall. It's like a cotton blend voile that is amazingly airy (and see-through). I also have yards and yards of this one as well. I have been hoarding this puppy for ever since I can remember. At any rate I finally pulled it out of my stash and decided to sew something up. Well I was in the mood for peter-pan collars, and this is what I came up with. The fabric is a nice shade of red with tiny little polka dots. I'm not a red or polka dot fan but I'm getting there. It has cap-sleeves and a gathered bodice in the front and back with a back zipper for easy on and off. With the gathers the shirt actually is made like a tent top, but I think it's still very cute.
The third blouse: I have been wanting a hi-lo blouse, and I finally got myself one. I.love.this.shirt!!!! AH! It is made from some rayon challis that I bought from Fashion Fabrics Club. I didn't realize how grungy this top looked until I wore the button side in the front and belted it. But who cares that I brought the 90s back. Every other decade has been brought back lately.
So just to let you know it is technically a reversible hi-lo top. The original correct way to wear it would feature the higher side in the front (which will have a pocket when I add it) and the lower button-down side in the back. However I was toying around with the shirt and put the button-down side on in front, and I loved the end result when belted. It almost gave it a bit of a peplum look. As soon as I can get my hands on more grungy floral rayon, I am going to whip up some of these babies. Talk about comfy!!!
By the way the turquoise britches (he he) I have on in the pictures above are some cigarette pants that I made from some stretch twill. I will have a post on them later. Anyway I hope you guys have been enjoying yourselves some wonderful Autumn weather! I know that I have.
Have you been working on anything for your fall wardrobe? I'd love to see!