Tuesday, 25 June 2013

A Candy Stripe Creation

Hullo there folks, again, long time no useless information!
I'm just one big muddled mess at the moment, so things on the old blog front have been somewhat quiet. I'm pretty sure tumbleweed would  have passed by if I had left it blogless any longer!

Anyhoo, I'm back with a lonely outfit post of a recent-ish 'me' make.
Nothing spectacular though, as like I said before, it was made by yours truly so one can't expect much! Having said that, I was pleased with the outcome... well, more so of the skirt than of  the blouse, but hey ho, they are finished at least. ;)
(Oh gee, why oh why did I say 'lonely'? Now I have "The Lonely Goatherd" song in me noggin...)

Some of you may remember the skirt from my previous holiday blog (yes I will do the second instalment at some point!). It's a nice, easy to wear skirt, which makes a welcome change form my usual tweeds, and not to mention it's terribly girly to boot. I'm not really a girly, girly dresser (I've always thought myself as more of a sideboard... ok, I'll behave!), so I have no idea why I longed for such an outfit!

Anyroad, enough babble... to the outfit>>>
(warning: it's picture heavy!)

The chosen patterns...
(Yes I can still fit into a 12-14 years!)
The finished pieces...

This outfit is one of those where it makes you feel all girlish and mischievous- so you better watch out if you see me in this skirt as I may be up to no good!

T'was extremely windy outside when I took these, hence the wind tunnel look!

Dodgy picture- makes me look most odd (I know I am but..). Good shot of my waves though (which are no more by the way!)

The Blouse was super easy to cut out and sew as it was just one piece- Hurrah! I'm not particularly keen on the whole drawstring thing and would much prefer a shirred or fixed gather instead... ah well, it looks okay I guess.


Little miss girly-wurl.

I was rather impressed with the skirt opening- no fiddly placket- just a cleverly placed cut under one of the folds at the back. The opening was then bound with bias binding (also known a Boris binding in our household), then the lap was made by folding about an inch from the cut and then fastened about 2 inches away from the left of the cut, thus concealing the opening.... not sure if that makes sense, but it truly was simple!
Now I'm still undecided about the bow- not sure if I want to attach it or not. I may at some point sew on some clear press studs to both parties so I can wear it with or without... just need the enthusiasm to sew the darn things on!
Oh and that reminds me, I had to make the skirt bigger in the waist because of the wide waistband.... gasp! I can tell you I had a bit of a shock when I placed all the pleats to the waistband to find it sat high and wouldn't do up comfortably over my ribs. All was well after jiggling the pleats a bit and cutting a new waistband though!

All in all, I'm rather pleased with the results. The skirt pattern is certainly going to be made up again at some point - perhaps in a subtle fabric? I'm not sure about the blouse, as I have some other peasant styles that are altogether more pleasing!
Here's to the next time,
Tupps xxx
♥ ♥ ♥

And here's some even sillier pictures of Miss Girly-wurl. I especially like the one with Norm the Gnome.... got to love a gnome!


  1. Super Cute Tupney! It is adorably cute! And the peasant blouse looks lovely! Now I just need to get off my behind and get some cute summer wear made for myself. :)

    The Middle Sister and Singer

    P.S. Why is the bias binding called a boris binding? Just curious.

  2. Love the skirt and bow! Cute top too!

  3. oh this skirt is soooo lovely and adorable, it makes me wanna have a milkshake and cupcake in a cute little diner;)
    love and kiss,mary


  4. I love this!! So, so cute! I have a skirt with a clever closure like that but I bought it at a thrift store so I have no idea how to recreate it. I'd like to find a pattern that tells me. I also have a 1950s sewing pattern sized for teens that is my size ;)

  5. Super duper adorable!! Oh, and your sunglasses are amazing!

  6. Simply marvelous! I love the sweet, cheerful colour palette and thoughts of delicious candies that the striped skirt brings to mind. You're the picture of 1940s summertime loveliness, dear gal!

    ♥ Jessica

  7. Sweet dress! I love it! I think its important to have separates and that piece is lovely! And with the bow for sure!! xox

  8. You look absolutely gorgeous m'dear.

  9. This is so lovely! The pink color suits you so well! Your skin gets more pink and looks healthier. The skirt looks easy to make, without a zipper hurray! Suddenly I am craving for a candy cane, how weird is that? I think I will pop in my favorite fabric store this afternoon, so inspired by your pics. Still have a pattern to make a playsuit with skirt, now I know what fabric I need to buy ;)
    Thanks for the inspiration and wish you a lot of sunshine so you can wear this outfit lots and lots!

  10. Super outfit Tupps. The moment I saw it, those little striped paper bags came to mind - I love those bags, now I want your skirt!


Ta very much for your messages folks!

Tickety Boo Tupney xxx

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