capri pants

This is the second garment I’ve made using Butterick B5895 – one of the vintage styled Patterns by Gertie range. I’d previously made a pair of stretch denim Capris from the pattern and planned on making a gingham tie front blouse to match. Then I saw Bea’s beautiful combo on WeSewRetro and my mind was made up!

This is a fifties-style tie front blouse with kimono sleeves and some lovely details such as French darts and a cross over collar at the back. Extra shape is given to the bodice by the tie front which clinches in the waist and immediately gives you a more fitted appearance. It’s also a lovely, cool style to wear in hot weather.

I lengthened the pattern by one inch as it’s quite a cropped style. It’s still pretty short, but with a high waisted bottom half, this shouldn’t really present a problem. In fact the stretch denim capris I made from the same pattern are a perfect match! I think this is a pattern I’ll be returning to again, I’d love to make this blouse using a bright, tropical print!
More construction details and pictures can be found on my blog – Handmade Jane. Thanks for reading! x

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Leopard Print Capri Pants

by So Zo on September 19, 2012 · 4 comments

in 1950s,1960s

I’m super proud to be able to share my recent creation with you! No they aren’t made from vintage fabric and no, they’re not made using a vintage sewing pattern, but I think you’ll agree that these capri pants have a distinctly retro feel. My inspiration was the super-awesome leopard capri’s (clam-diggers, pedal-pushers, cropped trousers, etc.) in the vintage image below. I love how from the neck up she’s all Doris Day-innocence, and from the neck down she is a total vixen!

Source: theniftyfifties.tumblr.com via Zoe on Pinterest

My own interpretation and subsequent outfit is distinctly more sedate (and probably more comfortable) than this super-vixen’s, but I think it has something of the essence of the late-1950s/early-1960s era and look. I use the Colette Patterns Clover as my starting point but made a whole host of changes to fit my figure. If you’d like to read more about this creation and the pattern changes I made, check out this post.

Thanks for reading and happy (retro) sewing!

Zoe xxx

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