Hot! The “Day at the Museum” Outfit

I knew that I would be attending The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier at the De Young Museum this week (fabulous, by the way, and DEFINITELY worth a trip if you are in the area!) so I decided to make myself a new outfit.    After all, I could not show up wearing any old thing to a fashion design exhibit!

My first thought was to go with something striped as an homage to Gaultier.  However, none of the striped fabric in my stash was calling out to me.

So instead, I decided to push my boundaries for this week’s On Trend theme.

I love the look of different textures and patterns paired together, but when it comes right down to it, I can be rather intimidated.

I know that it not a huge risk, but the loud printed blouse paired with a highly textured silk skirt is a step in the right direction for me.  We all have to start somewhere, right?!


• The Facts

⁃ Fabric:  Blouse – cotton remnant; Skirt – textured silk & cotton for underlining

⁃ Pattern:  Blouse – Simplicity 2154 (with sleeves from Simplicity 1872); Skirt – Simplicity 1997 (originally a dress pattern)

⁃ Year:  Blouse – 1960s retro reprint; Skirt:  1950s

⁃ Notions:  zippers, button from stash, hook & eye, plastic boning (for skirt waistband)

⁃ Time to complete:  I finished the blouse in one weekend; the skirt and all of the hand-stitching required for the underlining took a bit more time, but I managed to finish it just in time for my museum outing

⁃ First worn:  June 28, 2012

⁃ Wear again?  Yes!

⁃ Total price:   ~ $30.00


Laura Mae

Laura Mae adores sewing and knitting, mostly vintage or vintage-inspired patterns. She hopes to inspire others to create lovely and lasting garments that speak of a past era and yet remain timeless and elegant.


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  1. Love the outfit! The shades of blue and green together are beautiful. But Grrrrr….the exhibition is ending just a few days before I’ll be in SF!

    • Oh no! I which you could make it to the De Young – the exhibit it fabulous! On the other hand, it is extremely frustrating to see the amazing works of art up close and not be able to examine how they are put together. I can never get close enough!

  2. Great blouse pattern mashup. I have both of those and must remember to combine them one day.

  3. You look elegantly beautiful! Excellent choice. Have a lovely day :)

  4. Hi Laura Mae, another beautiful outfit filled with great detail to make a soft and flawy ensemble. Thanks for the background on the inspiration.

  5. Beautiful! I love the way you lined the sleeve ties with the skirt fabric, It really pulls the whole outfit together well. Did you make that bag you are carrying? I bet you did. Your total ensemble looks very fitting for an outing at a museum.

    • Barbara – I wish I could claim responsibility for the bag! It is a Harveys Seatbelt Bag. I LOVE them! And the butterflies were perfect for the outfit.

  6. I love it! You’re so clever to match the prints in both garments to make a coordinated outfit. Brilliant!

  7. very pretty..Looks nice on you. Happy sewing.

  8. As always with your outfits – excellent work, beautiful fabrics together.

  9. Just beautiful! I love the color combination :)

  10. You always make such excellent outfits, but this is my favorite. I love the combination of texture and print and the colors are so lovely.

  11. I’m enjoying this mix up of print and texture. It’s not too bold, not terribly subtle either…..perfect for your aesthetic. I’m especially liking that skirt and and its unique waistband. Very well done!