Summer Wardrobe from Three Patterns

Welcome to Summer!  Do the warm weather months ahead have you scratching your head on what to wear?  I know I am looking at my closet and seeing more need of warm weather clothing.

A while ago Kathy of GoForKat Makeup Artistry, Nicole of Paper Moon Vintage, Allison of Allison Barcenas Photography, and I got together for a day of beach fun, and while we were at it thought it might be fun to show how three different patterns can make a summer wardrobe!

The three patterns we chose to mix and match were the 1940s Sailor Girl Playsuit (pattern #4001),  the Late 30s Halter Top and Beach Trousers (pattern #3011),  and the Smooth Sailing Sports Togs (pattern #1002).  Although these patterns range from the mid 1930s to the early 1940s, they are such classic styles that they easily interchange and can even be worn today for casual wear but still retain the vintage vibe.

As a spin off from how these appear on their pattern covers, we played mix and match and here’s what the gals came up with:

First up is Nicole, wearing the Late 30s Halter Top from #3011 with the Sailor Shorts from #4001.  I love the Ziegfeld Follies look she has with her oversized parasol!

Next up is Kathy wearing the Smooth Sailing blouse from #1002 with the high waist beach trousers from #3011.  She has the perfect late 30s casual beach look going on!

Lastly, I’m wearing the sailor top from #4001 with the Smooth Sailing trousers from #1002, and in the second photo I’m wearing the entire Smooth Sailing ensemble, both pieces from #1002.

Although not pictured here, if you add the sailor girl skirt to your sewing plans you’ll have even more options!  These would be great to pack for your vacation if made in coordinating tones- and if you don’t do white trousers or skirts make them up in navy blue and make your tops in red and white for a fun patriotic flair!

As a special early summer sale, if you purchase these three patterns together- the 1940s Sailor Girl Playsuit (pattern #4001), the Smooth Sailing Sports Togs (pattern #1002), and the Late 30s Halter Top and Beach Trousers (pattern #3011), you’ll get $12 off your total!  Just enter coupon code SUMMERSEWING at checkout.  This coupon is good through 6/20/11.

Hope you had a lovely weekend!

11 Comments on Summer Wardrobe from Three Patterns

  1. Debi
    June 21, 2011 at 9:31 am (5 years ago)

    So lovely!!!! I love the striped smooth sailing blouse with the white trousers!!! Beautiful photos as well!

  2. Casey
    June 21, 2011 at 11:38 am (5 years ago)

    I love this–mixing and matching patterns is always something I appreciate; since it makes one’s wardrobe go a bit further. ;) Shall have to pick up the halter and beach trousers pattern soon–since that’s the only one of the trio I’m missing! ;)

    Quick question: what sort of fabric did you use for the white trousers? I’ve been contemplating making either a white skirt or white trousers for myself this summer, but keep going back and forth on all the different fabrics I could use. ;) Would love to know what you picked!

    • wearinghistory
      June 23, 2011 at 4:08 pm (5 years ago)

      Thanks, Casey! :)
      I don’t actually know what the fabric’s called! I got it at the local fabric store and they always happen to be about 15 years behind regular fabric stores so it’s a toss up what I’ll find. Lol. But this one was in the bottom weights, it’s cotton and probably the weight of a light denim, but instead of having the lines go diagonally they actually are very thin and run up and down parallel to the selvage. I have no idea what it is but I like it! :) It’s actually a little sheer so I had to rig a pants slip to go underneath and we swapped it back and forth between the beach trousers and the smooth sailing trousers :)
      I’d love to see you make these in white! I actually gave these ones to a friend so went back for more fabric to make myself another pair.

  3. Stephanie
    June 21, 2011 at 12:12 pm (5 years ago)

    I think the Chic Ahoy (#3013) pattern would also work great in this mix or swapped out with one of these patterns. I just love this photo shoot! :)

    • wearinghistory
      June 23, 2011 at 4:08 pm (5 years ago)

      Very true, Stephanie! I originally wanted to include it in the mix but ran out of time to make it in matching colors!
      Thanks! I’ll pass on your compliments to my cousin- she takes great photos :)

  4. Olivia
    June 21, 2011 at 2:28 pm (5 years ago)

    Adorable! I love the sailor shorts with the halter top together. I can’t wait to start sewing my sailor playsuit!

    • wearinghistory
      June 23, 2011 at 4:09 pm (5 years ago)

      Thanks! I think that’s one of my favorite combos as well! It looks so 30s :)

  5. Hannah
    June 22, 2011 at 2:36 pm (5 years ago)

    Wow, these are all gorgeous!

  6. The Dreamstress
    June 24, 2011 at 1:51 am (5 years ago)

    Sooooo cute! I love them all! It looks like a fun photoshoot too. Alas, I must wait another 4 months for anything resembling summer. :-(

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