Monday, April 13, 2009

An Unexpected Easter Outfit

Most of the outfits that I sew aren't exactly "unexpected." Usually I plan them -- it's kind of hard to make a garment without some planning, I suppose! But my Easter outfit was a sort of surprise.

The turquoise fabric is one of my incredible finds at Denver Fabrics (which we visited this past summer). I think it's a tencel blend, but all I know is that it is insanely soft, it was insanely cheap, and somehow there was insanely enough of it to make a skirt and shell (I think it was 1 3/4 yds. of 60" fabric). The skirt is out-of-print Butterick 3262 (a simple A-line pattern), and the shell is my version of McCall's 3571.

On Friday I finished up the shell, which is made from a delightful (but expensive, even on sale) embroidered voile from JoAnn's. I had started on it several months ago, planning on a tunic. I used Simplicity 9620 as a base. But it just wasn't working! I brainstormed some ideas and came up with an empire waist blouse.

The skirt I had completed about a week ago, and the shell was cut out but not sewn. On Friday afternoon, right after I finished the white blouse, I started thinking how nice it would be to wear it to a play the next evening, and how much nicer it would be to have that shell finished to wear with it...

So I ended up with a new outfit for Resurrection Sunday! And three fewer projects in my "to-sew" bin. Aah, the satisfaction!


  1. So pretty, Shannon! That color looks good on you.

  2. It's lovely! Pretty and wonderful!

  3. Wow! That is gorgeous! You are such a talented seamstress Shannon! Great job! I am glad you were able to finish it on time, nothing like having a nice new outfit for Easter! =:)


  4. The color is lovely! It is a very pretty outfit, indeed!

  5. It turned out so pretty! I love the colour! :) Hope you had a beautiful Easter!

  6. Its so pretty!!!!!!!!!! I wish I could sew like that! Hopefully someday-soon! Lol!
    God Bless!

  7. Beatufiul dress Shannon!! I sew wish I could sew like that... yeah that was corny... LOL What a small world though: I wore a dress the same color also on Resurrection Sunday... :)

  8. The colors of your outfit are so pretty! The style of the skirt is one of my favoriates. Very flattering.

    Thank you for sharing with us...

    Lady M

  9. What a beautiful dress, and such a beautiful color, too! Very lovely.

    Have a very bright, very cheerful day!
    Miss Eyebright


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