Work Chic

by ShanniLoves on November 20, 2013 · 9 comments

in Blouses,Skirts,Vintage Sewing

I used retro Simplicity 2154 and Gertie’s New Book for Better Sewing to create this classic outfit.

I used a beautiful floral charmeuse for the bow blouse.  It has a side lapped zipper and a keyhole opening on the back neckline.  Gertie’s pencil skirt is made from a cotton sateen.  When I was assembling the skirt I noticed a line of discoloration running down the center of the fabric.  I didn’t have any fabric to spare so to fix this I used a faux leather strap off an old handbag.

I also made a houndstooth jacket for the outfit which you can see on my blog.

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Shaysierae November 20, 2013 at 10:01 pm

Absolutely adorable! You did a wonderful job on this outfit :) It is so cute and well put together. Also! I think I have that exact same cotton sateen fabric that I made a pencil skirt out of recently as well :)


Cherie November 20, 2013 at 10:09 pm

Lovely outfit! The bow blouse in that charmeuse is gorgeous!


Deb November 20, 2013 at 11:54 pm

This is beautiful! The strap on the skirt adds a really nice detail- you’d never now you were hiding a flaw! and the blouse! Gorgeous!


EmSewCrazy November 21, 2013 at 12:34 am

Beautiful! Very classy outfit. Love how you fixed the fade mark on the fabric. I think the leather adds a nice detail.


PepperReed November 21, 2013 at 7:33 am

Beautiful!!! What a great outfit and a great ‘save’ on hiding the skirt flaw. You look Lovely; Good Job!!


Jennifer at My Sewing Suite November 21, 2013 at 9:44 am

I love your fix. I recently sewed this pattern also.
It is a great pattern and I plan to sew more.


foamofdays November 21, 2013 at 5:35 pm

So chic! Love it!


mod girl November 22, 2013 at 1:37 am

This is elengant, feminine and lovely!


LucyLovesYa November 24, 2013 at 2:36 pm

Really pretty AND I love your sewing room!! x


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