Hot! “That’s A Lot of Brown” Combo

Brown-promo I made a dress this week, but the cold rainy weather had other plans for me. That's okay because I had a shirt and skirt combo that I hadn't worn to work yet. This outfit uses the same patterns from my American In Paris Combo — the only difference being the skirt length and the collar type. I prefer the longer skirt but I only had enough brown linen for the shorter version. The Peter Pan collar is cute, but I messed it up a bit and each collar overlaps a bit more than it should when buttoned to the top. I tend not to button my shirts to the top anyway since I always feel too much like a vato (apologies to any vatos reading The Sew Weekly).

The Blouse
Fabric: Stretch cotton from Stone Mountain & Daughter. $7.45 for 1.5 yards
Pattern: Simplicity 1544 
Notions: Estate Sale buttons ~$.005
Year: c. 1945
Time to complete: 4 hours
First worn: February 2010
Wear again? Most definitely. 

Total Cost of Blouse: ~ $7.45

The Skirt
Fabric: Linen from East Bay Depot  ~ $2 for 2 yards
Pattern: Hollywood Pattern 685
Notions: Vintage Zipper
Year: c. 1946
Time to complete: About 3 hours
First worn: February 2010
Wear again? Most definitely.

Total Cost of Skirt: $2
Total Cost of Outfit: $9.45

For the facts breakdown above, I've omitted the cost of the patterns since they have already been counted for earlier outfits and, therefore, have paid for themselves.


As I was looking at the photos I took of me wearing this outfit, I couldn't help but feel amazed that a pattern that was created 65 years ago could be worn today without seeming so incredibly ancient and out of style. The forties are remarkable in their versatility! 

Now if only the skirt was a tad bit longer.


Mena Trott

Mena Trott started The Sew Weekly to document her attempt to sew all of her own clothes in 2010. Since then, she's made over 125 outfits and has way more clothes than she needs.


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  1. This outfit is absolutely gorgeous!
    And I feel like I’ve asked this before, but I can’t find the comment, so I’ll ask again: where do you find your belts? They’re so cute! (Especially the thicker red one.)

  2. The belts are usually from H&M or Forever 21. I’m too big for vintage belts so these are the old standbys in my closet. I have a couple vintage belts but they’re just too thin for the look I’m going for.

  3. Great name for the combo! Who came up with that?

  4. I love it! And I think the length of the skirt is just fine. Fabulous combo and I love the sleeve length of the blouse. Totally need to find a vintage pattern like this one now.

  5. I love this outfit! I think the skirt length is perfect…very flattering on you.

  6. Oh, this outfit makes me embrace the color brown! I don’t usually go for it, but it looks swell on you. Also, as someone already said, I think the skirt length is perfect. That’s about the length I usually go for myself. Nicely done:)

  7. I love the color brown, so this combo is perfection to me! And, I also agree that the skirt length is great. Another job well done!!

  8. A-dorable as usual. But what’s a vato?

  9. I think the skirt looks cute at that length :-).

  10. Oh no I think the length of the skirt if adorable! Esp. with tights.