Last weekend we took a trip over to Barnes to visit a good friend of mine who has just moved into the world’s most adorable cottage there and to have a stroll around the lovely farmer’s market. It was, as is standard currently, a blazing hot sunny day so I thought it would be a good opportunity to take some photographs of one of my go-to hot weather me-made outfits this summer. One of my absolute favourite things about summer is the opportunity to wear vintage cotton dresses but this year I felt like adding some other silhouettes to my wardrobe and shorts just weren’t tempting me. Having spotted lots of patterned trousers all over the place I thought a pair of them could be a good addition- I mean trousers that fit and feel pretty much like PJs, who could upset about that, right?!
Having never owned or made any harem trousers before I thought it would be best to find a pattern rather than draft them myself with no point of reference! So I had a look and picked up Vogue 8909 from White Tree Fabrics (enter LITTLE TAILORESS for 20% off anything at checkout). I wasn’t hopeful that they would be the most flattering of things on my 5’4” frame, especially considering I am proportionately longer in the body than legs and to be honest they probably aren’t. That being said they are possibly the comfiest, hot weather item of clothing I have ever made, and that is worth it to me- especially this summer! I think there is something so appealing and chic about being covered up and yet cool in the heat.
The trousers have elastic at the waist and at the ankles, it is actually two rows of 5mm elastic drawn through channels which I really like about the pattern as it makes the waist and the hems nice and soft. I find that the wider elastics that are readily available can be really tough and thick. They fit me which just a couple of tiny alterations that I would expect to make to any trouser pattern. I made them a deep navy paisley print Liberty Tana Lawn that seemed an appropriate fabric and I really love the print, especially as it goes so well with a white top which is what I have mainly been pairing them with.
On this occasion I wore an Edwardian inspired self- drafted blouse that I made and embroidered on my embroidery machine. It is made of fantastic quality cotton lawn that I found on ebay for £30 (about $50) for 10 metres- bargain! I embroidered it first, before cutting out the front and back blouse pieces. The central design is from an embroidery collection called delicate embroideries and the strip either side is a design that I slightly modified from a collection called Endless insertions and threadwork; both are Husqvarna embroidery collections.
On either side of the embroidery on the front and back (which are embellished identically) I used a pintuck foot on my regular Bernina sewing machine to add pintucks. This is one of my absolute favourite machine feet and adds interest, texture and detail to all manner of fabrics so simply. If anyone would like to see it in action (I am sure you can buy the feet for all brands of machine) let me know as I was thinking of making a video on pin-tucking! These feet create teeny tiny tucks using a twin needle so they are more delicate and a little quicker than regular tucks (which I also love!).
This top is actually the 2nd edition, the 1st edition which featured slightly different embroidery patterns but the same pintucks was so well worn and loved that it eventually died and this was its replacement. This wearing and loving all happened before it was blogged. I am a self- confessed terrible blogger. I am really trying to think of a way to rectify that as I would like to blog far more frequently than I do!
This combination is made for a perfect hot day outfit paired with Accessorize flat sandals and my trusty Vintage Brown 11” Cambridge Satchel. My friend’s cottage is so picture perfect with all it’s stunning original features that I was too busy ooo-ing and ahhh-ing to remember to take any photos of it. Next time I plan to photograph her bathroom tiles and share them with you just for their vintage aesthetic appeal!
We did, however, get some very important photographs of tomatoes, which were as tasty as they were colourful!
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