Thursday, October 27, 2016

Layering Up

As I have said many times before, I really enjoy layering up, and this time of year is the perfect time to do just that.  This is what I wore today:


The cardigan is McCalls 6168 from a few years ago and the jeans are Tina Givens Holly Pants, that I mentioned here.  The white top is a Seamingly Smitten Draped Top and I love it!  I've made three or four of these, they are perfect under a cardi.  And the lace peaking underneath? This is my 'new best thing'!  Let me tell you a little more.  


A few months ago I was told about a website called 'Farmhouse Frocks' - lovely Lagenlook styles made by Amish ladies in Ohio.  Very much my style.  Anyway, I filed this away and promptly forgot about it until a post popped up on Facebook and I took another look.  Oh boy, what a treat!  There are a number of styles that I like the look of, especially the 'Shirt Extender' and I thought how well it would go with my wardrobe.  

For the basic body of my version I used Kwik Sew 2766 an OOP nightgown pattern.  It is quite a simple sleeveless nightgown/petticoat and I cut it mid hip length.  The pattern is designed for wovens (on the bias) and knits, I used some very soft oatmeal coloured cotton jersey and some matching cream stretch lace for the trim at the bottom.  The jersey is actually a fitted sheet that never really fit our bed, so some great re-purposing!  After making up the top I pleated it and serged the lace on the botton edge, and done1  For the neckline and armhole edging I used lingerie lace trim at 80% of the measured edge of the openings and it is lovely!


I left the bottom edge of the lace raw after cutting it with my rotary cutter so that it is nice and straight.


I have already cut out a black version and a (OK, and a couple of) white ones too!  So not only will I be warm as the weather gets cooler, but I'll also have some pretty lace peeking through my layers as well!

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  1. Wonderful! and your extended tunic top is genius.

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    1. Thank-you, they have come in very handy as the temperatures drop!

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  2. Both fun and purposeful. Love the lacey trims.

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    1. And you don't need much fabric to add the trim - and who doesn't like looking for lace?!

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  3. Thanks for sharing ....this is a great idea!

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  4. Gorgeous! Now you've inspired me in a completely new way. My sewing machine is humming these days, all thanks to reading your blog!

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    1. That is very kind! I've been a little behind this month, so am just about to catch up - I've been busy!!

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  5. Love the total look and may copy it. The red and the lace combination is nice.

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    1. Please do - I've received quite a few compliments and it is nice to be frilly and lacy without being too girly.

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  6. An extender is such a brilliant idea, as well as using the unused jersey sheet. (I've been re-purposing jersey bedding as camisoles.)
    You look wonderful in this outfit!

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    1. The fabric is so soft too. I've got a king sized sheet to cut up too, I just feel a little guilty chopping that up but it has sat on a shelf since we bought a few years ago. . . . .

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  7. The lace extender is such an interesting idea. I used to have a lace overdress, a Victorian idea - you put it on over any dress to look dressed up. I guess this is a similar concept. You look quite different with your new hair style.

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    1. That would be a lovely idea. For me I think a cardi type cover up would work, it's added to the list!

      And thank-you! I was going to a 1920's bob, but this is the longest it has been in a few years - it is nice and warm now that winter is approaching, we will see how it fares next summer!

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