Hot! The ‘Be Sure to Wear Flowers in Your Hair’ Outfit

The Facts

Fabric: Black floral fabric, gift from Meg; black stretch twill, $8
Patterns: Butterick 7762 and Butterick 2507
Years: Early 1960’s
Notions: 7″ zipper, ~$3
Time to complete: 5 hours
First worn: January 2012
Wear again? Yes!

Total cost: ~ $11

‘If you’re going to San Francisco, be sure to wear flowers in your hair’ – The Mammas & The Papas

This song kept running through my head while I was sewing this outfit.  The inspiration came from my very favourite hair accessory, my rhinestone rose and feather fascinator, and for this challenge, I wanted to create an outfit that was a nod to my favourite stylish ladies, Audrey Hepburn, Jackie Kennedy, and Jean Seberg, with my own twist.

Just before Christmas, the amazing Meg the Grand sent me a surprise package.  Inside were yards of gorgeous fabrics and notions, including this scrumptious floral print.  It’s a soft cotton blend with a lovely drape and I adore the bright print.  I knew it would be a perfect compliment to my fascinator.

I used my beloved Butterick 7762 to make the floral tunic.  This is definitely a tried-and-true pattern, as I have made both flannel and knit versions.  Constructing the tunic was very straightforward; it comes in four pieces with attached kimono sleeves.  Two simple bust dart, two neat sleeve darts, and a self-facing neckline are all it takes to make this up.  I trimmed the sleeves with some vintage lace from my stash.  I love how the wide, bateau-neck looks, but I do need to make it less revealing for it to be suitable for the office.

Given my recent post about trousers, I am fully prepared to eat my words today.  After several frustrating attempts, I swore to give up on trousers and save my sanity.  However, those lovely Sewing Godesses with their sweet siren song promising success if I tried just one more pattern egged me on.  And for once, it wasn’t a dismal failure!  Butterick 2507 and I certainly played nicely together and the fact that my black twill had approximately 2% stretch certainly helped foster a happy ending.  The trousers are comfortable, fit well and have stylish elements I love: high waist and slim legs.

I loves them, can you tell?  Pass the salt, please!





Sarah Gilbert is an experienced seamstress and novice knitter and is thrilled to be part of The Sew Weekly for 2012! She loves vintage fashion, decor, and the colour pink. Heavily influenced by Audrey Hepburn, Jackie Kennedy, and Jean Seberg, her outfits will have a definite 1960's twist.


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  1. OH!!! It looks so fabulously fantastic!!!! The print is absolutely amazing on you, and I love that you didn’t give up on trousers completely!!! It’s a timeless ensemble, my friend, and I say “Bravo!” and XOXOXOXO!

  2. Thank you so much, Meg dahlink! I have enough floral fabric left to make a Macaron with a black knit yoke! Yippee!

  3. That is a lovely outfit – very pretty flowers too

  4. These vibrant colours are just your thing – I like a pattern that lets the fabric be the star. Those pants look pretty nifty too. Three Cheers for your perseverance.

  5. Thanks so much, Jen! I <3 bright colours and patterns, too!

  6. The print and dress are gorgeous!!!! And I love the flowers, I think they are your trademark :)

  7. Oh lovely! From top to bottom… and congrats on the pants!

  8. YAY! This outfit is FANTASTIC! I just love the blouse (great colours) and the trousers are so classic! Well done!!!

  9. Yay that the trousers worked out for you! (I’ve been following your trials and tribulations with trousers patterns on your blog. ;-)

  10. Awesomeness! So glad the trousers worked for you- I’m too scared to take them on yet! The blouse is stunning!

  11. Love that fabric and well done on the scary trouser front!

  12. Thank you SO MUCH for all of your amazing comments! Ya’ll sure do know how to make a girl feel good about her outfit!

  13. I just love the neckline on the shirt – it’s perfect for showing off the fascinator!

  14. YAY!!!!!!!!! Great job Sarah!

  15. You look so ridiculously great! And it shows in that smile, well done :D Also… Jean Seberg <3

  16. Really really cute! You’re very Jean Seberg (love her!)!