Oh I am so very excited about todays post! I am taking part in the wonderful sewing series hosted by the ever so amazing Kristin of Skirt as Top and Jess of Craftiness is Not Optional- Vintage May. I remember the first time I mustered up the courage to contact Kristin and can you believe it was 2 years ago and about Vintage May. I seriously love this series- maybe it's because being inspired by vintage styles or sewing with vintage clothes happens to be something I do naturally. Well you could imagine my excitement when I got invited by Kristin.
I had so many ideas and so many things I wanted to do, my ideas went from making a drop waist dress from the 30's, a full skirt from the 40's, a swimsuit from the 50's, a boxy space age type top from the 60's but instead I went 70's boho!
I made a bathing suit with a wild Pucci style print and a cover up/ dress.
Let's talk cover up first! This started out as a muumuu and morphed into a dress. It is self drafted and loosely based on a top I bought myself at Zara last weekend- I loved the pleat details at the shoulders and tried to recreate it for this dress. I wanted something loose fitting and easy to wear. This has the elements of a kaftan on the back, the prairies dress on the front and it's a little grecian! I guess I combined all the elements of the 70's to create a modern muumuu.
The tangerine fabric on the front of the dress is sheer and light weight- it has a lovely texture to it, sort of like a seersucker feel to it with some puckering here and there.
On the back I used a silk vintage Lanvin scarf I've had as part of my collection for years. I just love the colors and print. At first I was going to use two scarves but changed my mind at least a million times before I settle.
You can wear the cover up three ways: no belt, tied at the front or at the back. I didn't want the belt to go all around the waist cinching the entire waist, so I made two small openings in the side seams to allow for a small belt to pass through. This allows for the dress to flow wether you decided to tie it in the front or back.
Next is the bathing Suit. If you have been following me on IG and Facebook, then you already know I am working on my next pattern in collaboration with Laura from Craftstorming & Titchy Thread. We will be releasing the Azur Bathing Suit soon. Yay!
Here you can see the 2 piece version. The shape is definitely vintage inspired with the shorts and high waist line. This little bathing suit is super comfortable and perfect for playing and swimming in all day.
I also made a swim cap inspired from all the cool vintage ones. And well the fabric, which I had in my stash was just perfect for this post! It has that psychedelic and geometric print typical of the 70's.
The swim is reversible too. You can see the first one I ever made here and the one I made for Project Run & Play here.
With all the swimming we do here in the summer, Miss E can never have too many.
And the weather is finally warming up a little- it was just warm enough for a 5 minute photoshoot!
Wishing everyone an awesome summer!!! And thank you Kristin for giving me the opportunity to sew up a little boho outfit for MissE.
P.S. You won't want to miss what Mie from Sewing Like Mad has created for her Vintage May Post... It is stunning and makes me want to sew for myself some more.