The “Dark Nautical” Outfit
Fabric: Lighthouse print fabric, $10 from Gloucester, MA; White speciality cotton from Jo-Ann's, $7
Pattern: Colette Patterns Sorbetto Tank Top, free; skirt: none;
Year: c. 2011
Notions: Vintage buttons, $.05
Time to complete: 2 hours
First worn: July 2011
Wear again? Yes and Yes!
Total Cost: ~$17
For this week's challenge, I wasn't feeling particularly nautical — at least in the sense of the cute nautical that is stripes and anchors and red, white and blue. Instead I chose to continue embracing my "vintage bohemian" phase and found a purpose for this great lighthouse fabric that I purchased at a vintage store in Gloucester, MA last summer. It seemed fitting that my fabric came from Gloucester considering its importance as a sea port. My husband called my look "dark nautical."
I really phoned in the construction of the skirt this week. Under that belt is an elastic waist! Oh the horror! I figured that since I would be wearing a belt, what would be the harm of not making a zippered waistband. I didn't use a pattern — instead I just sewed a seam up the sides of the fabric piece, sewed a casing for the elastic and hemmed. Voila! I was finished!
The shirt is a modified version of the downloadable (AND FREE!) Colette Pattern's Sorbetto Tank top. I used sleeves from another pattern since I knew that I would never wear the shirt as a tank top. I have to say that I am now in love with Sorbetto. Watch this space for some more Sorbetto love coming soon. I especially love the fabric I used since it gave a plain white shirt much needed dimension.
For such little work (2 hours of sewing for both pieces), I was so pleased by the results. And, best of all I now have MORE SEPARATES!