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Spring Separates in Melon, Paprika and Navy Blue

Ahh, Spring!  It's been a long time coming this year, and when we took these photos a couple of weeks ago, the temperature was still in the 20's!  These are combination inside/outside pictures as I could only stay out so long pretending it was warmer!  Maybe more than ever, I've been in the mood for sewing a few separates in anticipation of warmer weather. 

For my first item, I used a Melon Watercolor Floral Linen/Cotton Blend.  The weight is just perfect for a skirt with no lining- it has enough weight to drape nicely, and doesn't cling at all.  This particular print is large, which is great for a tall person like myself.

I didn't want a complicated pattern, so I chose Kwik Sew 3233- it is an 8 panel skirt with an elastic waist.  It's basically just one pattern piece that you cut 8 times, but I did add in a rather large pocket, because I just have to carry my phone and keys with me all the time these days.  My phone is so heavy though that I think I'm going to have to tighten up the elastic so that it doesn't drag the skirt right off of me!

I don't like tucking tops into skirts, so shorter length tops are my favorite to wear with skirts.  This top is an old off-white linen top that I had made 4 years ago.  I shortened the sleeves and dyed it coral to give it a new life.  This is something that I find myself doing more and more- making small changes like length or color change to an old favorite- particularly if it's made from a quality fabric like linen.  Reduce-reuse-recycle! (I'm pretty bad about the reducing part, but good on the reuse and recycling!)

For my next item, a tunic, I used a similar cotton/linen print with a dark blue background.   For this top, I used a pattern that I'd been looking for the right fabric for a decade, Vogue 8504.

I'm always drawn to asymmetrical things, and this has both an asymmetrical neckline and hemline.  It looks complicated, but it actually went together very easily!  Probably due to the fabric- it's a nice stable fabric, so hemming it on the bias went smoothly. 

I did do a full bust adjustment on this.  Here are photos of the left and right front pieces as I altered them.  Although I didn't get the full length of the right front piece in the photo, I did add some length to the edge that meets the left front, at the bottom as well.

The pants are drawstring waist linen pants made from Fabric Mart's Paprika 100% linen.  I love, love, love this color- a perfect rusty red-orange.  The pants are from Burda 2849- a simple drawstring waist, straight legged pants pattern.   I found the hat at a consignment shop and thought it picked up all the colors in this outfit.  I wear hats when I'm gardening most of the time, but I must admit feeling self conscious in hats outside of my yard.  What do you think of it?

My last project is a navy blazer made from a Double Weave Suiting.  I really struggled with choosing a pattern as I have made jackets in the past that I haven't worn, and I didn't want to repeat that mistake.  Reasons that I haven't worn jackets in the past- too hot, too stiff, too short, too fitted.  So, I chose a rather unstructured, unlined long jacket pattern, Butterick 6473. 

This one has a copyright of 2000, but it is still available on Etsy and Ebay.  I chose the hip length, 3/4 sleeve, cuffed view, and I did add patch pockets as well.

I really, really like it!  It's none of the things that I haven't liked about previous jackets that I've made.  Since it's unlined, it's not too hot; it's hip length, loosely fitted, and the fabric is substantial, but drapes beautifully.  I even left off the interfacing in the lapels just to make sure that it wouldn't be too stiff anywhere.  

I also think that navy blue is just such a classic Spring color.  I am really looking forward to wearing it with lots of different pieces.  I hope that your Spring is off to a good start, as well as your Spring sewing plans!  What are you in the mood for sewing this month?

Happy Sewing!



  1. Love all your beautiful choices.... fabrics and patterns! Agree with your thoughts about jackets and looks like yours is perfectly perfect. When your weather warms, you are ready! :)

    1. Thanks, Lisa! I've been wearing all of these the last two weeks, rain or shine!

  2. I love your choices of patterns and fabrics - so "springy"!

    1. Thanks, Mrs. K! Sometimes you have to make your own Spring in your mind!

  3. Everything works so well together! I particularly love the jacket!!! The color is so nice, and pairs well with the other pieces.

  4. I love your spring wardrobe! Everything works so beautifully together!

  5. Love, love your spring wardrobe! The coral color is very pretty on you, I think the dyed top looks perfect with the skirt. The asymmetrical top is very flattering and I like it with the fabric you used more so than the view on the envelope. I think you are off to a great start for spring.

    1. Thanks, Linda! I had dyed the top last summer before I ever even saw the skirt fabric, so it was a pleasant surprise that they worked so well together.

  6. ...and your hat! It's lovely on you. The more you wear it out and about the more people will expect to see you in one. Every piece is lovely, Ann. Happy Spring!

  7. You have a lovely wardrobe you can start wearing outside as soon as the weather warms up. Your beautiful spring coordinates are inspiring me to take a more organized, outfit oriented approach to my spring sewing.


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