Hike & Seek. The Explorer Outfit | Adey Lim
Fabric: 1 and half yards Echino by Estuko Furuya green glasses fabric $27.75 and scrap poly lining
Patterns: Simplicity 1124
Year: c. 1955
Notions: Buttons and invisible zipper $1
Time to complete: 3 hours
First worn: 27 March 2011
Wear again? Definitely! Together and as separates.
Total Cost: ~$29.75
The fabric prints of Japanese designer Estuko Furuya never fails to amaze and inspire me. Every season, there is something that tugs (strongly) at my purse strings! They are rather costly so I've tried my best to resist. I've made a dress using her fabrics before and absolutely love it so this is my second echino garment attempt. Are you a Japanese fabric fan like I am? Have you used an echino?
This green glasses fabric was the first project I chose for the St. Patrick's week theme but didn't get to finish. You see, I'm participating in Made Me March 2011 and instead of wearing my usual tee and shorts combo to fetch my son from school, I started wearing some casual dresses. On the day that I completed this pair of shorts, I didn't wear a dress to pick the little prince up. My son made a big deal out of it and insisted that I should wear only dresses to his school. For this silly little reason, I decided to work on casual dresses instead for the past few weeks. And what better opportunity to start work on this outfit again with the Unfinished Object (UFO) theme!
I have been quite a disciplined crafter (or perhaps not a multi-project tasking one) and don't usually have UFOs lying around my sewing room but this time I had two and both from March. I have every intention to finish both before moving on to next week's theme as having UFOs around kinda drive me nuts. I absolutely want them out of the way. Do you usually put up with UFOs and how long is your UFO tolerant period?
The shorts made using scrap home decor fabric from Ikea was a breeze to make. It fits high on the waist, fits perfectly and is finished with a side zipper and eye & hook. I love that this beige fabric does not crinkle easily and my favourite design elements are the bands with sewn on buttons at the bottom of the shorts. These bands are incorporated into the cuff pattern and not sewn on separately.
Making the blouse was filled with slightly more drama as I made a boo-boo when cutting the fabric. Yikes! Blame it on blur me. I didn't notice till after cutting the front bodice piece that the previous user of this vintage pattern had not cut away the additional tissue at the border of the front centre fold. This meant the blouse was not gonna fit as there was a fair bit of extra fabric on the front. To get the extra inches of fabric off the blouse, I created four pleats and added gold piping to them for some contrast. Thank goodness it worked quite well and I'm actually loving the piping details down the front.
This outfit spent a pleasant day at the Singapore Zoo where we went for a family outing and I couldn't help but noticed how well my anti mosquito patch matched the outfit!
And hurray for shorts! I love wearing shorts and it makes great sense for the perpetual summer weather here and for running after my kids. Which was probably why I was so excited when I found this nice 1950s vintage shorts/blouse pattern. I realized good ones are rather difficult to come by and can't wait to sew a few more combos like this! Are you a shorts person too and do you have a favorite shorts sewing pattern? Love to know other good patterns out there!
In Behind the Seams this week, I am sharing some tips I've picked up from sewing shorts.
Have a wonderful week! Can't wait to see all your completed UFOS!