1960s | Blouses | Shirts | Skirts

Gathered Skirt Paired with Simplicity 1364

By on July 21, 2016

In an earlier post I mentioned how much I love Simplicity 1364 blouse pattern. I loved it so much I wanted to make more versions of this blouse.

While searching my stash I found I had a lovely butterfly print fabric and decided to use it for another blouse.

Akram's Ideas : Simplicity 1364 & Gathered Skirt
I love this cheerful butterfly print

I really liked how the piping turned out on my shift dress I decided to add piping to this blouse.

After making the blouse I found that I had enough fabric left over that I could make a matching skirt.

I decided to make a simple gathered skirt. To give the set a more dress like appearance I aded piping to the skirt waistband.

Akram's Ideas : Simplicity 1364 & Gathered Skirt
I can wear it as a dress or as sperates

While the print might be a bit childish I really love the fun look of this this combo. I also love that at first glance it looks like a dress, but has the versatility of a two piece.

To read more about my process for making this set check out my blog Akram’s Ideas (http://akramsideas.com/butterfly-dress-purple-piping/)

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1930s

A Day at the Races

By on November 24, 2012

So, to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday here in New Orleans we like to go down to the horse track for opening day dressed in our holiday best.

This is a lovely little dress I whipped up some months ago and didn’t know where I was ever going to have a chance to wear it. It is made from a 1930’s Marian Martin mail order pattern. It is made with a wonderful Sailor Jerry (they make fabric?!) silk/cotton blend with a classy butterfly print. The pattern called for a ruffle collar but I was having none of it. So I knocked out a peter pan collar for it in contrasting black cotton. I love this dress!!!

The hat was a busted, navy, vintage affair that I dyed, reshaped, and gussied up a bit to be fit for the track.

Coincidentally I also made this bunny suit for my buddy last Mardi Gras season.

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