Friday, March 14, 2014

Navy Blouse with Gold Brocade Cropped Trousers

This outfit started with two different fabrics ordered 3 months apart, first I ordered this Mood Fabrics'

  Blue Gray Solid Suiting,  thinking it would be a jacket but the fabric is lightweight and it sat on the shelf while I contemplated what it would become. I washed this fabric on gentle and felt it would be a perfect blouse, dark navy with gold buttons. I wanted a dressier blouse pattern and fitted, so I went with a favorite, Butterick 5526

 


 I found this Mood Fabrics' Elegant Italian Brocade in my cart and soon on my doorstep.


 I knew what I wanted to make, after all, the description dared me, and I quote, "or dare to make a pair of cropped trousers. " So I did, using Burda Style 6981 The blouse went together beautifully, the trousers. had a few challenges.

  Mood fabrics' brocade crop pants and wool blouse





I just love the dark navy and gold combination, which I have seen quite a bit in the fashion world and on Pinterest. Don't you just love when something so fabulous just falls into your lap? Or in this case my sewing table. The blouse has wonderful details - a fitted look, pleated pockets, an option for a princess seams (no, my blouse does not have princess seams). Initially, I wanted bright gold buttons but I found these antique gold ones in my stash and it was love at first sight, they are a perfect contrast for the amazing navy wool. Let's talk about wool, I have been a bit anti-wool, it would itch and I would avoid it but I am becoming more adventurous and venturing out with the wool. This is my second wool top and I can wear them and love them and enjoy the greatness of wool. What I have been missing, limiting my use of wool to jackets, don't worry this all will be changing.

  Wool blouse made from Mood fabric's lightweight wool

Now let's talk about these gold brocade trousers, fabulous fabric, amazing to sew and stitch and create a great pair of crop trousers. Crop trousers, that I might add have the approval of one of my college freshman daughters. Home on spring break, she stated, I love that blouse, Mom and the pants are good, too!

 Woo-hoo, teenage daughter approval, I can leave the house! Sorry, a bit exaggerated but it does help when Mom doesn't embarrass them. I think in this outfit it is all a plus. I went out of my comfort zone with these pants and the fabric choice but I do love them so much.

  Mood fabrics' gold brocade crop pants with navy wool blouse

For pants I usually make a different Burda pattern but I was looking for a higher rise trouser and slimmer legs, so I went with this Burda pattern but it wasn't without some issues.

 Let's talk a bit about the challenges of these trouser. First, these are a higher waisted trouser, I took out 1-1/2" from the rise, this was more the look I wanted. I added welt pockets to the back and shortened the back dart since I was adding welt pockets. There are darts in the front of the pants, which I totally eliminated, the muslin just fit my shape better without the darts. I did match the fabric at the side seams, the center back is good but the front zipper placket is perfect, hurray success! A picture of the details of the outfit, minus my squinty eyes. What a glorious day here in the Midwest, 70 degrees with bright sunshine and my eyes are not use to the bright sunlight after this winter. 

mood fabrics' brocade and wool9 You might notice my zipper goes the opposite way than the pattern. There is a very good reason for this, I was trimming the pocket and I cut into the zipper extension.  Yes, you read that, I cut through my pants!

 I about fainted right on the spot, after several deep breaths, I took a closer look and it wasn't into the front of the pants. My solution to this scissor craziness was to reverse the zipper. The cut was fixed with fusible interfacing and a few mending stitches. All of this is hidden on the inside of the pants so no outside evidence of my big mistake. It is one of those things no one would know unless I confessed and I did just that to all of you, so now you know.


 I will love wearing these garments together or with several other combinations.



 


20 comments:

  1. I'm glad you were able to fix the zipper! I just looked at the zipper I'm wearing and my fly overlaps on the same side as yours, so it looks correct to me! I wonder if it would feel backwards to zip it on the other side!

    This is such a great outfit. Everything looks perfect and RTW in the best possible way!

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    1. Thanks so much. I have noticed the fly goes either way on many different patterns.

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  2. This is a beautiful outfit. Love those pants and the blue blouse goes perfect with it. Another winner!

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    1. Thanks, Donna, I love my pants, too.

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  3. That is a great color combo!

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    1. Classic colors are always so good, aren't they?

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  4. I love the color combination. I would never be so brave to make pants out of gold brocade but they turned out beautifully. Brava!

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    1. I am venturing out with the color but I do love them. Thanks so much.

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  5. Love this outfit the pants are great!

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    1. Thanks, Joen, I like all of this one!

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  6. Beautiful! What a great fit with the pants. I love the Navy and Gold combo too - especially with two children in the Navy! :-)

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    1. Thanks, Pam, it is a good combination and thank you and your sons for their service

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  7. This is such a beautiful outfit Lori, very classy and trendy at the same time.

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  8. Love both the blouse and pants. Really like the fabric for the pants. They fit very well.

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    1. Thank you, Linda, the fabric for their pants is fabulous.

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  9. Uhm yeah! You took the challenge and conquered! I love these two fabrics together!!! It was hard to believe the content of the navy fabric but you certainly used it to your advantage. I can't tell you how much I love these pants! Gotta get me some brocade now! FABULOUS!!! Great save on the zip and love the captoe flats!...perfect!

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    1. Thank you so much, Terri, the wool is just so very light, almost like a chambray. I knew it wouldn't work for a jacket, a dress is a possibility but I wear so very few dresses. You will look great in brocade, have any in the stash? Shoes are last year from Marshall's. Thanks again

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  10. I love everything about this outfit!!!! Very nice, Lori! And you are right about navy and gold...it's also a hot combination for the home...think navy and brass.

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    1. Thanks, Lynne, such classic colors and I love they are coming back around.

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