Hot! the “companion at rest” outfit

The Facts:

Fabric: silk/blend brocade in butterfly print from B&J fabrics (top); rayon/linen blend in taupe from paron’s annex
Pattern: new look 6356 (top); simplicity 2451 (skirt)
Year: the sleeve pattern is circa 1960s, but the rest comes from contemporary patterns
Notions: riri metal zip with multi-colored teeth; white 9″ zip for skirt; snaps for closure
Time to Complete: ~5 hours – 2 hours for top, and 3 for skirt (over the course of almost a year!)
First Worn: June 19, 2012
Wear Again: i think so
Total Price: ~$50
Challenge Theme: “television”

for those of you who, like me, enjoyed the show “firefly” (cancelled in 2002, and YES IT STILL HURTS), “our mrs reynolds” is probably at the top of your list of favorite episodes out of the 14. (only 14? YES IT STILL HURTS!)

acknowledge the awesomeness of firefly, or i swear by my pretty floral bonnet: i will end you.

i’ve got three photos pinned to my board in terms of looks to have fun with: kaylee’s jumpsuit (i even have a teddy bear knee patch):

kaylee’s asian-style jacket, often paired with the jumpsuit:

and inara’s oatmeal-and-orange outfit during the space flight in “our mrs. reynolds.”

she also wears it to nandi’s funeral in “heart of gold.”

inara’s skirt is much cooler than mine, and one day i fully intend to rectify that. but in order to get the challenge out of my UFO pile, i seized on the excuse to finish a long-abandoned simplicity 2451, which only needed a hem and a waistband snap to move from the pile to the closet.

inara’s skirt:

simplicity 2451:

silly? maybe. but some people juggle geese.

construction notes:

  • brocade is ANNOYING. i am not sure it could possibly have frayed any more. i tried to handle it as little as possible, but thank goodness i had some extra-wide seam binding on hand, is all i am saying.
  • in fact, even with that, i tore a hole in the fabric when i was trying to bind and stitch the neckline. this actually worked out ok, because i got a lower neckline, which i thought was more flattering.



Devra is a New York-based photographer and sewer who tries to find time to do her day job in between bouts of crazed sewing.


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  1. Wow, I never new brocade would fray so much, thanks for sharing. I think the top came out great. Great fabric.

  2. Oh I love you for loving Firefly!
    Can’t stop the signal ;)
    You did a wonderful job on the outfit, I recognized it right away (and it would be an awesome outfit even if if weren’t from FF!)

  3. When I saw the title of your blog “a companion at rest”, my brain jumped straight to Firefly. I was thrilled to see we were on the same wave! Love the series and own the dvds. I think your dress is very similar to Inara’s. Thanks for the great post! Cheryl

  4. Hah! I was sure someone would do Firefly, and they have! I love that orange on you.

  5. Very pretty top and i adore that skirt fabric and style. I haven’t a clue to the reference TV shows, but looks like they were a fun inspiration for you.

  6. You’ve matched your inspiration so well! Great job!

  7. Goslings! They were juggled!
    Your top is lovely and it really looks like the inspiration top. All of Inara’s outfits were stunning. I happen to love Kaylee’s flowered dress; it’s so cute!
    I loved Firefly….Everything about it. And Nathan Fillion will always be Mal to me.