Hot! The “My Favorite Things” outfit

The Facts
: Turquoise stretch denim and red/grey/turquoise dotty poly print : )
Pattern: Favorite shirt (New York 1779) and skirt (Simplicity 2723)
Notions: Interfacing, zipper, 5 buttons, all from stash
Year: 1940′s
Time to complete
: 4 1/2 hours
First worn: December 2012
Wear again? Yes!

Total Cost: Skirt $7.50 and Blouse $5.50 so a total of $13.00 plus tax

This week beat me up like no other. If you’ve read my blog you’ll know how it started and by the time we reached the end I’d have to say, in all honesty, this was about on par of 9/11. When I thought about this challenge a few weeks ago I had the foresight to do something that would make me REALLY happy and be EXCEEDINGLY useful. My latest craving these days includes the turquoise/red combination, and when I saw the blouse fabric at Joann’s I yanked it off the shelf and went in search of turquoise skirt fabric. The fact that this is denim with lycra doesn’t bother me a bit. I didn’t think this out all the way so I only bought a yard of fabric, pockets would have been nice but I literally had a very small handful of pieces left when I was done cutting.

There was nothing unusual or exciting about the sewing process. I will say that I took a mental health day from work on Thursday and figured I’d get the whole outfit done until I went to cut out the shirt and remembered I took the pattern to work to copy for Barbara : ) I threw the skirt together in an hour and made the blouse Friday night, along with 3/4 of another one. In amongst all this I was working on one of THE most difficult projects…ever…but we did get a few minutes to take some pics : )

This UTTERLY ADORABLE little car is a Nash Metropolitan! I’ve seen them through the years but they shot to the front of my consciousness in “Clueless”. Christian drove a yellow one in the movie, the guy Cher has a crush on until she figures out he’s gay. Isn’t it amazing? It almost looks like it need a key in the back to wind it up : ) And yes, it has two seats and a bench in the back, perfect for a dog or two. This one is also my favorite color combination, I used to have a 56 Chevy in these colors.

So how perfect for this challenge! A new favorite outfit with an old favorite car.

The blouse is great EXCEPT that I didn’t check myself in the mirror and you can see the blouse ends over my tummy. Angie dropped off a big bag of red stuff for me to play with – shoes, belt, purse and an umbrella we didn’t need. It wasn’t raining but it was a lovely 48 degrees out, the sweater stayed on.

I did manage to laugh as Heid’s daughters were making life interesting.

Yeah, different belts, different looks.

Heidi clowning around with Miss Julia. Thank god for kids : )

I like the outfit, I love the car and I adore my friends.  I can’t tell you all how much I appreciate your comments and feedback every week. It’s been an amazing, changing, emotionally charged year. Can you believe it’s almost over? I can’t. But it will be soon. In the meantime I’m going to enjoy the company and make plans to keep in touch.



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. I adore that shirt fabric and love the color combo. I’m currently making a very time-consuming hexagon (about an inch a side) quilt for my son in mostly deep reds and a bit of turquoise thrown in there. It is supposed to be for his late May birthday, but I’d say it’s far more likely it will end up a Christmas present for NEXT year. :)

  2. That colour combination is so stunning – especially on you! The outfit is a real winner.

    I’m so sorry your week has been so hard. ((Hugs)) and take care of yourself.

  3. Love the color choices and the styling with the red sweater and shoes. The photo-shoot with the car is so cute! My favorite picture is of you with the big smile. We’ll forgive your blouse ends tucked into your skirt… such a small detail….no worries. :)

  4. I agree – there is just something so right about pale blue and red as a combo. Have really enjoyed seeing your creations this year.

  5. A smashing combination Loran, love the colours up against the Nash Metropolitan, what a stunning little car. Another winning ensemble. Have a lovely Christmas.

  6. I have to say that red and turquoise are two of my favourite happy colours at the moment. Once 2013 gets going I’m going to decorate my Sewing Lair in red and turquoise (I’m in love with Lauren of Lladybird’s creative space in turquoise). And oh my goodness I want that car so badly….it’s so beautiful. I never would have thought that a denim, very pretty and practical, it has a lovely shape to it. And thank goodness for the children around us to help make life ‘normal’ despite all the sadness around us. We never know what’s around the corner so it’s even more important to live life whilst we can. Thank you for being such an inspiration and creative powerhouse this past year.