The “Secret Garden” Outfit | Sarah Gabbart
Fabric: Denim (2 yards at $7.98) and Liberty floral (2 yards at $33 a yard – from my stash)
Pattern: Butterick 7762 and Colette Violet
Year: c. 1956 (shorts) and c. 2011 (top)
Notions: 7 buttons – in stash
Time to complete: 10
First worn: April 2011
Wear again? Yes – yes yes yes!
Total Cost: ~$81.96
As a child, one of my favorite books was The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett. It's a wonderful story about a sickly British girl (Mary) living in India who is sent to live with her mysterious Uncle Craven after her parents die of cholera. The sprawling Misselthwaite Manor serves as the backdrop for this tale of life, grief and rebirth – transformed from the once-happy-home left to decay after the death of Mrs. Craven to a lush paradise all thanks to the secret garden found by Mary and her invalid cousin, Colin.
It really is a beautiful story and as a child it reached me in ways I didn't realize. This book taught me about the importance of tending a garden – both literally and metaphorically – and about how it's important to be able to connect with others. If you haven't read it yet, get thee to a bookstore or Amazon.com, where the kindle version is free!
As a lover of gardens and shorts, I knew exactly what outfit I could make for the Children's Book Challenge – vintage bermuda shorts and a floral top. What better clothes for toiling in the garden and looking fabulous while doing so!
The patterns are a lovely vintage vacation wear outfit set, complete with bermuda shorts, and the brand-spankin'-new Colette Violet pattern (another beginner pattern – huzzah!). Both were very easy to complete and I can't wait to make more items from the vintage pattern – it's adorable!
It's not secret that I love me some Liberty of London fabric. Every time we hop across the pond my last stop is always the Tudor-style shopping mecca on Regent street. Some folks bring home snow globes or Faberge eggs from their travels, my souvenir of choice is always fabric. Specifically, Liberty fabric.
While the price tag is high (especially compared to the remnant Liberty I used for my Dexter night dress, which was a steal at $14 a yard! Sale racks and nice shop ladies FTW!), IMHO it was worth every penny. I feel amazing in this top.
The shorts are one of my favorite things I have ever made – I was a little concerned about the high waist, but after finishing them with the belt detail I am in love with them! Perfect length, a flatterning cut and the denim is just soft enough to look right!
Along with my jumper from our childhood inspiration challenge, I will be wearing these items all summer!