Hot! My mini Pantone wardrobe

Fabrics:Silk noil from Stone Mountain, linen from JoAnn, sweater knit from stash, skirt rayon from stash
Patterns: Simplicity 4013, Folkwear 205 and Decades of Style 5003
Year: Simplicity from 1950’s, Folkwear 40’s vintage inspired, Decades of style 50’s vintage inspired
Notions: Interfacing, 2 zippers, 6 buttons, 2 sets pant/skirt hooks ‘n eyes
Time to complete: 8 hours
First worn: For this photo
Wear again? YES!

Total Cost: Blouse, including pattern, ~ $32.00, Linen for pants $16.38


Once again I SWEAR I didn’t start out to do this many pieces! I had the sweater fabric in my stash and was excited to see several of the Pantone colors in it – Bellflower, Soladite blue, Driftwood, Starfish and a slightly yellower version of Margarita. When I bought the sweater knit I also purchased the green rayon thinking I’d make some fabulous vintage-style skirt when I lost 30 pounds. Both pieces have been on a shelf ever since : ) I bought the Starfish colored linen back when I was still trying to figure out what to make for the Oscar challenge. My “go to” outfit would have been Diane Keaton’s ensemble from “Annie Hall” and I was VERY glad I didn’t do it since Kazz did such a fabulous job with her version

I love the Folkwear pattern, super easy and I liked the idea of doing something very Katherine Hepburn for a change. I have also started riding my bike to BART and back every day as my car died a very quiet yet thorough death so I really need pants!

I bought the Bellflower silk noil with my mom when we went to get the wool for my Shamrock green hat. She said this particular shade of purple was my Grandma Bertha’s favorite so that sealed the deal.

The sweater was self-drafted – I just took a sweater that I wear and cut a pattern from it. I had it nearly done when I decided on the blouse with the very interesting collar so I had to re-cut the front so it would curve around it rather than cut it off strangely. The fabric doesn’t stretch as much as I would like so this ended up almost more of a short jacket than sweater but that print is so fabulous I don’t really care : )




The skirt pattern was part of a bundle of patterns I bought at the Alameda Flea market a couple of months ago. I love the high-waisted versions and REALLY wanted to make one of those but I just didn’t have enough fabric. I was afraid with the slight brushed finish of the rayon if I tried to fit the pattern like pieces of a puzzle I’d end up with light/dark/light/dark and be very sad.

I ended up taking 3″ off the hem and just squeezing the skirt out but as you can tell the length is perfect. I did try the skirt with my petticoat and all it did was make my lower half look really L A R G E and not at all fun.



It has been cold and wet, wet, wet out so we took the pics in my dining room which just happens to be the same shade of green as my skirt : ) To do the whole thing justice I pulled out a tablecloth that matches the outfit!

The shirt pattern was the most challenging. The company is local and they have a gorgeous line of patterns, this is the first one of theirs that I’ve made. The challenge came when they ask you do a couple things that the pieces aren’t marked for. It isn’t that difficult to figure out, my brain was just a little on the tired side and I didn’t want to think that hard. Total time was about 2 1/2 hours from cut out to buttons on.

Pants took about 2 hours to make and I ended up taking a good inch out of the inseam as well as the outer seams. Loose is one thing, looking like I’ve lost 50 pounds and need to alter my clothing is another thing entirely. I also put in only one pleat, not the two the pattern calls for, stitched them down at the top so they didn’t pooch out (and emphasize what’s there any more!) and made smaller belt loops.

As we were taking photos my little chicken, Pouff, came along to check things out. You can also see the cute sleeve finish on the shirt : )

What should the fifth piece be?

My Grandma always said you can put together an entire wardrobe with five pieces. Only one to go…what will it be?…



Loran is a Bay Area designer, stitcher and suburban farm girl. Having done theater for years she's finally taking on her most demanding client (herself!) and fashioning a wardrobe from her huge stock of vintage patterns and fabrics, all while writing her daily tablesetting blog. Let's see if she can keep up with both : )


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  1. wow – a prodigious output. Beautiful colours that all work together – just like they’re supposed to so. The collar on that shirt has a real elegance.

  2. Loran, this is fantastic! Love the table setting! The blouse is my fave piece and I want that high waisted skirt pattern!

  3. Wow! Loran you really are inspiring, gorgeous colour palette. You definitely would of given me a run for my money on the Annie Hall ensemble. Each piece complements one another perfectly that’s what’s so good about working with a colour palette, I say, so many ways to match your separates. Fifth piece? definitely a coat especially for bike riding. You go girl.

  4. I just love the collar and sleeve details on the blouse! How lovely you were able to make so many coordinating pieces. They all look great! For the fifth piece, another blouse or, as Kazz suggested, a coat would round it out. Great job!

  5. You put me to shame with my single pieces! Your mini wardrobe looks crazy awesome. I agree that the fifth piece (only if you are dead-set on doing it) should be another top-half item. I was going to say a smallish-print blouse, but a coat makes sense too.

  6. Great look! What an interesting blouse and I love the whole ensemble with the skirt.

  7. Loren–these are BEAUTIFUL! I love that you did a mini-wardrobe! And also… you have a chicken in the house!?!

  8. Wow I am so impressed that you managed a mini wardrobe for this challenge! I love the purples you chose and the whole ensemble is lovely.

  9. Stunning! As usual! I love the collar on that blouse. It makes the whole look so unique. And I’ve already been to Etsy to hunt for that skirt pattern. Love it!

  10. Wow, the colors are so beautiful. I vote the 5th piece is a hat design.

  11. Great ensemble! That blouse has such a unique collar. It really is attractive, but so is the sweater and the skirt. You were really ambitious this week! I wish I felt so energetic. I love your little chicken. I have three hens myself, but they would never sit so sweetly in my hand. What’s your secret?

  12. Wow, you’ve done a ditty on the pantone. You are an all-star making all those pieces! Everything looks fantastic! :)

  13. I literally love every piece in this set! I’m big on purple and green together great job!

  14. What we can do when the stars aline. I love the stories of the pieces. how they were never bought at one time but all seemed to find their friends eventually. it was fate.

  15. What am I mopping off the floor right now? My brains. You’ve blown my mind AGAIN. How many pieces is that? Four! And you ask us to offer up a another? How about a cape? These sheroics are only missing a cape! No really…beautiful save on those slacks, gorgeous-gorgeous DoS blouse, and the print on that cardigan is to die for…no wonder you couldn’t resist. Loveliness, Loran.