I have been a busy little seamstress in the past couple weeks. I've completed several projects, mainly for Bethany's spring/summer wardrobe, but I did manage to make myself an outfit.
A tier skirt and a peasant blouse.
I call it my Homestead Blessings, wanna run through green pastures barefoot and maybe milk a cow skirt.
Weird name? Maybe, so let me explain. I have made several tier skirts in the past, but my motivation for this one came from the Homestead Blessings Art of Sewing DVD. Have I mentioned how much I LOVE the West ladies? I can't remember where I got the material, because I have had it so long, but I know someone gave it to me. Same goes for the lace trim, which I just had to add! I love the extra girly, girly look it adds. When I look at this skirt I think of summer days, green grass, and I envision myself running thru the green grass barefoot. It looks so country (add milk cow here) and yet so feminine! Considering we still have snow, ice, and frigid temperatures, green grass appears to be a long ways off and come to think of it, I don't even own a cow. So maybe it was a bad choice for a name, maybe I should call it my "make some bread and curl up with a good book skirt" naaah! Doesn't have a ring to it or give me the same warm fuzzy feeling. I'll stick with the former. : P
As for the peasant blouse....I love finding deals and saving money, I went to Goodwill a couple weeks ago and found several sheets for $2.00 each and several pieces of material for $.50 a yard. I was super excited! Anyways, I made the blouse out of a white knit sheet. It was also inspired by the West ladies in their Art of Sewing DVD.
For the pattern, I found that my mom had this old 70's pattern that would work great.
I altered it a little, followed the instructions given on the DVD, added elastic to the bodice and voila!
And even though I didn't plan it this way, the peasant blouse looks great with the Homestead Blessings, wanna run through green pastures barefoot and maybe milk a cow skirt!
Methinks it is a token of healthy and gentle characteristics, when women of high thoughts and accomplishments love to sew; especially as they are never more at home with their own hearts than while so occupied. ~Nathaniel Hawthorne, The Marble Faun, 1859