Scuba Blouse & Skirt
Hello everyone. My name is Gusia and I’m also known as The Polish Sewing Bee.
I mainly sew modern clothes. Very much inspired by the latest trends but this time I thought about something different. This time a fabric I saw on The Fabrics Guys website has inspired me to think about something else. The fabric I’m talking about is a beautiful black and white scuba with gorgeous sculptures. This made me think about a lovely, romantic dress. Very much inspired by the Victorian era.
In the history of the United Kingdom, the Victorian era was the period of Queen Victoria’s reign, from 1837 until 1901. The fashion of the 19th century is renowned for its corsets, bonnets, top hats, bustles and petticoats. Women’s fashion during the Victorian period was largely dominated by full skirts, which gradually moved to the back of the silhouette. Having all this in my mind I decided to bring back the Victorian fashion to 21st century. I stared to look through all my sewing patterns and I couldn’t find the exact one I’d pictured in my head.
Without second thought I knew I had to create my dream, romantic dress using the patterns I already had in my stash. After a couple of hours I had everything ready.
For the bodice I chose The Katie Dress, pattern no. 4 by Cotton +Chalk. This is a very popular piece and very easy to make. I decided to change the sleeves as these ones are too modern and not dramatic enough to fit with my imaginary project.
I found the perfect sleeves in a Simplicity range. The pattern no K8737 is absolutely amazing. I chose version A without ruffles and also skipped the buttons. This sped up my sewing by a lot and my lovely scuba is an excellent choice for a stretchy cuff. My blouse was ready in no time.
For the bottom half I chose the M7355 by McCalls. I’ve made this skirt before and I knew that it would be an excellent match with the blouse I had already created. When I was about to join the skirt and bodice together my very practical, “mother’s mind” suggested that maybe instead of making a dress, I could have a blouse and a skirt. In this way I could wear it in more than one way. Luckily I had just enough fabric to make another waistband to extend the blouse.
I’m very happy with my decision and absolutely love this fabric. The blouse is fantastic to go with any trousers and I will be wearing it with my jeans. The skirt can be a lovely addition to any blouse in any season. I will definitely wear my garments together and separate. I think this very romantic scuba is a 21st century Victorian woman’s best friend.
Please let me know what you think. Thank you so much for stopping by and taking time out to read my blog.