Work Chic

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.

• Meet the Author • ShanniLoves


I've been sewing a little over a year now. I just started making my own clothes and I can't get enough. Love vintage style. I'm always looking for inspiration. I love changing.


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  • 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 :)

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

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  • 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!

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

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

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

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  • So chic! Love it!

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  • This is elengant, feminine and lovely!

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  • Really pretty AND I love your sewing room!! x

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