L.O.V.E. That’s pretty much the best way to describe this outfit. The florals, the colours, the buttons….those SLEEVES!
A little while ago the lovely Suzie from Sea Salt & Stitches contacted me to see if I wanted to be involved in a collaboration – her idea was that we would sew the same pattern but for our different climates. I loved this idea! We ended up choosing two patterns to make an outfit. Funnily enough they are both Sew Over It patterns – the Ella Blouse & Erin Skirt.
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If you have been following me for a while you will know of my love for the Ella Blouse. I made this version pretty much straight away when it was first released to PDF club members and I’ve been dying to make another one ever since.
This gorgeous fabric was actually a quilt cover I picked up from the local op shop in Streaky when we were over there last year. Apart from the beautiful muted florals, the one thing that really drew me to it was the pretty frill around the outside. I used this pre-made feature to my advantage and decided to add it to the Ella. I spoke about wanting to try statement sleeves in a recent Vlog about my personal style and feel like this was the perfect way to start.
To add these on I took I think about 3 inches off of the sleeve length. I doubled the measurement of the sleeve opening and gathered the frill to fit. Luckily these were already finished off with a cute rolled hem so I didn’t have to hem them myself.
This is actually my second attempt at the Erin Skirt from the Sew Over It My Capsule Wardrobe ebook. My first version out of chambray was a complete FAIL. I cut an eight but it was way too small. This time I decided to cut a ten especially as this fabric has no stretch. I can confirm it fits me perfectly and I am so glad I decide to size up!
I love this fabric. I was inspired by this Pin on Pinterest and also the gorgeous pink version Rosa from Sewn made and so my search for pink denim began. It was surprisingly hard to find here however I managed to pick some up from the Australian online fabric store Fibresmith. I had never heard of Fibresmith before this but I can vouch their customer service is amazing. I think my package arrived in a few days. And yes, my buttons are not completely lining up with my buttonholes but I will take them off and re-do them (I was rushing to get the photos and vlog done!)
Apart from cutting the size 10 the only other alteration I made was to cut an inch off of the bottom before hemming just because it was sitting a little bit too long for what I had in mind.
Overall I am so pleased with this outfit and know that both items will get a lot of wear. You can watch my vlog below & make sure you check out Suzie’s video for her versions as well!