Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Scalloped Apples

I do not do well in the direct sunlight (just call me a vampire).  Long ago, I gave up on the idea of looking bronzed by the sun – a few attempts as a child only led to lobster-colored skin and a couple of really bad burns.  Have you ever had a sunburned scalp?  If not, I suggest you avoid it at all costs.

My mom and I attended the Marin Symphony’s Waterfront Pops Concert last weekend, which was the perfect event to debut my Fall for Cotton top.  With the addition of an umbrella to shield my pasty skin, along with multiple layers of sunscreen, I made it through the day unscathed by that ball of fire in the sky!

And once the sun went down, I could focus on the beautiful music.  Hopefully the event will be an annual one!

Simplicity 1644 was the design I initially had in mind for my latest Britex project.  And since the pattern was out, and I knew I was going to “need” something new to wear to the event, a quick little cotton blouse was just the ticket.

I love my apple skirt, and have been meaning to make a matching top with the leftover fabric for some time.  The scallops were too much of a design coincidence to ignore!

Just like the skirt, I used some contrasting red and white cotton gingham for the facings.  And while the instructions include inserting shoulder pads, my cotton was crisp enough to stand out on its own.

I just wish I had made the top earlier this year so it got more of a workout during the summer months!

Top:  Made by me, Simplicity 1644
Skirt:  Made by me, Spadea 1149
Shoes:  Miz Mooz
Necklace:  Rafael Jewelers


  1. The two look as if they were meant for each other. A really beautiful set. And I love the red ribbon.
    And now you made me start thinking again. My FallforCotton-Dress has a similar length like yours (before hemming), yesterday I decided to draw a new hemline just below the knees, but didn't cut it yet. Seing your dress makes me wonder if I should change my plans and leave it as long as yours...

  2. This is so wonderful! It looks like you did a great job! The scalloping is so fun!
    Your heels are superb with it! Great job!

  3. Beautiful outfit. You must look like a celebrity where ever you go.

  4. Now we see where you get your beauty from!! Your mom is gorgeous!! And your top is beautiful!! It looks wonderful with the skirt!!

  5. They go so well together! No one would ever have guessed they're from two different patterns. Perfection.

  6. I'm the same way when it comes to sun! I feel like I can't enjoy outdoor events until the sun goes down!

    The scallops go together so nicely I would've sworn it was a complete dress with a cute peplum!

  7. I've had the Simplicity 1644 pattern for years. Never used it. Think I'll have to drag it out and try it.You are an insperation.

  8. Very pretty -- I thought it was a dress at first! The red ribbon is the perfect touch. And how fun to go to an event with your mom -- you guys look great!

  9. So sweet - perfect for a pops concert! It's amazing that these two pieces fit together as well as they do, it really looks like a dress.

  10. Your dress is gorgeous, and so is your mum! I can see where you get your looks from! I think your skinny looks gorgeous. It suits you pale :)

  11. You look like Vivien Leigh !!! The resemblance is amazing ! I mean... to me ;)

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