My mom made this blouse for the 4th of July, and I found it utterly too fabulous not to share immediately. ;)
She found this nautical novelty print fabric at our favorite antique shop in La Crosse, Wisconsin (Antique Corner) for $0.50. It is such a cute print, and the colors were perfect for a 4th-of-July-themed blouse! The tiny polka dot fabric (JoAnn) was the perfect accent.
She is currently working on a dress made from a vintage 1950s pattern that Robin of Auntie Establishment on Etsy so kindly sent us, and this blouse is essentially the wearable mockup from that pattern. It is always nice to be able to put your efforts into something wearable when making a mockup, rather than something that you can never wear.
Robin sent another pattern for a stunning draped 1940s dress that I can not wait to get started on! (What am I waiting for, that's the question.....!!)
She made tiny strips of binding out of the polka dot fabric to accent the sleeves. It adds such a perfect nautical flair, don't you think?
Her skirt is made from a 1950s pattern, but she altered it so much, it might as well be her own self-drafted pattern. ;) It is an eight-gore skirt, with in-seam pockets, incidentally, made from the most wonderful poly or poly-blend fabric from Hancock Fabrics. I think a large *SOB* covers that subject pretty well.
The waistband of the skirt, as well as the front, is accented by button tabs that act as belt loops when she wears a belt with it, but just make for pretty accents when she doesn't. Gotta love that fun '50s flair!!
As always, she matched up the pattern *precisely*. I think I shall hire her to do all my matching from now on.......... ;)
These cute little round buttons were the perfect accent for the blouse, and she sewed them on in groupings of three for added vintage flair. I have the same buttons as well, and can. not. wait. to put them on *just* the right dress.
Her shoes are sadly hidden in most of these pictures, and I believe it is their first airing on the blog! Sadness!! They deserve a whole post to themselves, I think. ;)
They are the cutest shoes ever, inarguably, and she got them for an incredible price. Miss L Fire "Betty" sandals, which retail for $165. I happened to be browsing on Modcloth one day, and lo and behold, they had ONE pair of them left, in size 8.5, which is what she wears. For $50. Yep, you read that right. Needless to say, they came our direction very shortly thereafter. Now if I could just shrink my feet by approximately 30%, I could wear them too!!! ;)
This blouse and skirt of mine are fairly new makes as well, but I wanted to save posting about them until they are paired with the right pieces. This photo was too fun not to share though. ;)
I recently added a clearance section to my Etsy shop, so do hop over and check it out! Have a lovely week, and thanks for stopping by!