Thursday, May 19, 2022

A Room with a View

I am finally getting around to posting my outfit that was inspired by the cotton twill that Organic Cotton Plus sent me last year.

I am suddenly becoming reacquainted with my love of Victorian and Edwardian inspired fashions for a variety of reasons.  One of those is perhaps because I am not ready to consider the late 80s/early 90s "vintage" just yet, and there is only so much further forward of 1960s and 70s fashion that I am willing to venture into.

Wearing ankle length skirts is something I need to adjust to, though, especially when I am sitting in an office chair; those rolling wheels are dangerous!

Of course, once I had the skirt idea sorted out, I decided to finally try my hand at using a Folkwear Pattern.

And I am so glad that I did!

This pastoral cotton sateen is also from Organic Cotton Plus, and it's fabulous.  I love the print, and the fabric quality is really wonderful.  It also comes in a white background with the same adorable green print.  I am tempted to get some of the white colorway to make another style of blouse. 

As for this particular blouse pattern, I will definitely be making another, probably in white.  I am always looking for a white blouse to pair with my printed skirts, and while there are a couple of options in my closet, there are not enough as far as I'm concerned.

The other exciting part of this project was the opportunity to wear my Londoner oxfords for the very first time.  And I don't think I own a more comfortable pair of shoes.  I am now convinced that I should specifically look for new sewing projects to match these shoes.  It's not the first time that I have created an outfit around a pair of shoes, but this will mean that I am working with slightly different silhouettes and skirt lengths than is my norm, and I am excited about that prospect.

I have an antique white petticoat stashed away that deserves to get a bit of attention, so perhaps a white cotton blouse would be nice to pair with that.  And maybe I could try my hand at some lace insertion while I'm at it.

Of course, I may be seduced by all of those sundress patterns that I have never made as the temperatures heat up around these parts.

I should also rummage through the stash of lace I have on hand because that might be all the motivation I need to get back to my love of Victorian inspired fashions.

Blouse:  Made by me, "Gibson Girl Blouse" from Folkwear Patterns
Skirt:  Made by me, Butterick 3418
Belt:  Made by me
Earrings:  Vintage
Shoes: "Londoner" by American Duchess

[The fabric for this project was received from Organic Cotton Plus in exchange for writing a blog post.]


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