East Anglia has more coastline than any other part of the UK, we have country parks and campsites galore. Who needs abroad? Here we are at lovely Cudmore Grove country park on Mersea Island, where fields and woods meet quiet beaches.
The perfect setting for a four piece summer outfit.
With 60s style glasses and vintage Mexican hat on a windy beach.
My four piece set:
- Open front skirt with wide waistband, one bound button hole, 5 hooks and eyes
- Jacket, worn open, or closes with hooks and eyes.
- Shorts, in stretch cotton with back zipper and high waistband
- Fitted sleeveless top in stretch cotton
|After Braque - printed cotton by Makower found on ebay.|
- Jacket and skirt - Makower cotton "After Braque" - 3 metres.
- Contrast blue poplin, John Lewis - I metre from stash
- Blue cotton & spandex fabric for shorts and top - 2 metres from local fabric shop
- 50s Advance 6260 - bodice used for jacket
- 40s Anne Adams 4075 - skirt with added waistband
- Simplicity 1590 - shorts
- Advance 6710 - fitted top
The choice of the After Braque as my main fabric was a bonus. It has so many blues it's easy to find fabric to match for the contrasts and the additional pieces.
First scallops, first collar, first bound button hole, and first trouser/shorts! There was so much learning on this make. Stretch cotton with spandex was another new to me experience. Really comfy, easy to sew, useful for so many things - my top didn't need any closures because of the stretch.
Total time taken: 5 weeks (at least).
Taking your skirt off on a windy beach !
|Safe away from the sea.|
A fine end to the day.
Five weeks is a long time to be sewing one project, but overall I am delighted, all the pieces can be used alone so you can actually count it as 4 outfits!
The sleeveless top has been taken in a a bit more since taking this pictures. I think the front of these shorts also looks a bit roomy, while the back is a bit snug! Well I don't mind actually, but I will try and fix the fit if I do another. I have come to the conclusion that trouser patterns either fit you after a couple of attempts, or you move on to the next one.
If like me you've always wanted a set like this, I'd say have a go. It may be time consuming, but I just started and in a fairly haphazard way and it came together. I may add to it, a pair of trousers with my remaining cotton spandex, and perhaps a long sleeve blouse. I also need to add pockets to the skirt! This game could go on and on.
I am posting this as part of the Four Piece Vintage Inspired Mini Capsule Wardrobe on Flikr. Fortunately it's much easier to wear than to say. I was about half way through this set when the group was formed by Rochelle from Lucky Lucille. Suddenly I was no longer alone in my mad project! Hurray. I can't wait to see what everyone else is up to.