Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Not Falling Yet

I am still sewing summer clothes because it is quite warm where I live, though the humidity has dropped, the light is softer and it is now dark when my 5:45 AM alarm goes off. Sigh, yes fall is on its way. Since June I have been sewing items for a summer wardrobe, part of a sew along our ASG sewing group is doing as a follow up for a presentation I gave on SWAPing. My wardrobe was  inspired from  these photos in my  idea files.


All of them feature dark gray bottom pieces. I wanted to take the easy approach for this wardrobe and make the bottoms out of the same fabric, charcoal gray cotton linen look( Hancock Fabrics). Then go to town with tops that coordinated. Just about every color can go with gray, which meant I could find coordinating fabrics in my stash. It was so hot when I was sewing many of the tops that they are either sleeveless or overblouses intended to be worn without a jackets.
Using  LIFO,  the latest top is made from OOP Simplicity 5555.

The fabric is a white linen with black pinstripes (JoAnn Fabrics). I ombre dyed the fabric ocean blue and then added black to the dye mix for the darkest color band, inspired by this Anthropologie dress.
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Unfortunately this band cannot be seen because it is in the turned up hem. A lessoned learned for the next time I do this type of dying.

The pants are straight leg falling from the hip, faced waist with side invisible zipper made from my pants sloper.

16 comments:

Peggy's Closet said...

LOVE the outfit! The top is particularly stunning! P.S. I'm not ready for fall to arrive, either! ~ Peggy
http://peggyscloset.blogspot.com/

meli88a said...

After last winter (which was brutal!) I can't say I blame you for wanting to continue sewing summer clothing... if only it could make the warmth last longer!

Bunny said...

Very pretty. I love your ombre dyeing. Hope it stays warm so you can get lots of use out of this lovely.

Anonymous said...

Love the ombre!
Why not dip the finished garment into the dye now to darken the bottom edge? -or not! it looks fab.

Carolyn (cmarie12) said...

Wow! What great pieces. I'm soooo impressed with the ombre dyeing and I can't wait to see the rest of the collection!

Maria (viola33) said...

Very nice looking outfit!

senaSews said...

What a beautiful blouse. Love the dip dye!

sewing spots said...

Great outfits! I love your idea about presenting about SWAP for ASG.

Cennetta said...

Great inspiration, great looking outfit. I love the ombre dyed fabric. Maybe one day I will try it. I hope summer sticks around for another month in my town.

الجلاسي said...

Simply The Best,

Really An Art,

Thanks For Sharing .


Suad.

Robyn said...

What a fantastic idea - it's a shame the dark band ended up as the hem but your top still looks great.

Gail said...

The dip dyeing is a very interesting effect. Love the shape of the top.

j.kaori said...

I love the effect of the dyeing on your top. It really elevates the style.

Lynneb said...

LOVE the outfit, Audrey! I have to say the ombre dying is so "Project Runway" of you! Well done!

The Slapdash Sewist said...

That split neck is so flattering! I really want to learn more about dyeing, though my lack of outdoor space pretty much puts the kibosh on my ability to do it.

Gabrielle said...

That's a lovely outfit, and the ombre dyeing is impressive! Thanks for showing us the inspiration photos too - it's always interesting to see how sewn pieces have evolved!