Tuesday, 9 August 2011

Burda Style skirt + top = tropical madness!

For approximately 360 days of the year my latest sewn outfit looks crazily optimistic when worn in my home city of London. But last week we just happened on a few 'heatwave' days that made me glad I hadn't totally lost faith in the sun ever shining on us again.

I'll have a Tequila Sunrise please!

Both the skirt and top are made from Burda Style magazine patterns that are easy to make. The skirt is pattern no. 114 from July 2008.

Burda Style #114, July 2008
I have made the pattern before (blogged about here) but this time I left out the eyelets and tie on the front yoke because I wanted a slightly more streamlined, less sporty look (and, yes, I was being lazy!). The fabric I used is 100% cotton.

The top is taken from an even older issue of Burda, it's pattern no. 119 from the July 2007 issue.  

Burda Style #119, July 2007
 
This is also an old favourite revisited because I first made a version of the top over two years ago. I kept meaning to make another one and I'm happy that I finally have. I like the style a lot - the gathers that go into the button band add some interest and nice shaping. The fabric I used is a silk that I have had in my stash for ages. 

Top out, more casual!

I hope that my choice of fabrics hasn't put you off these two really nice patterns. A dazzling sunshine yellow skirt paired with a bright and splashy flower print top is not everyone's cup of tea. I know that it's not really 'city chic' but sometimes I just can't help myself. I find I am irresistibly drawn to colours and prints that make me look like I have just stepped off a cruise ship. Is your wardrobe firmly rooted in your home climate or do you, like me, sometimes sew as if you are on a semi-permanent tropical vacation? Or, perhaps you actually do live in a hot-spot, in which case, do you sew as if you are hoping for snow?

38 comments:

  1. Very good but I don't see the tequila sunrise.

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  2. I LOVE the outfit ! I I think the colours are lovely and look very well together :-)

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  3. Love the color combinations, and that sunny yellow is sure to perk up your day and anyone else's who gets a glimpse of you!

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  4. I love both the top and the skirt. They look great together. I have always loved that skirt pattern with the topstitching at the bottom.

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  5. But it's sooooo pretty! I love color and print combinations and this one is a winner in my book!

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  6. I love that sunny yellow skirt!

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  7. Love both pieces, especially the style/shape of that top.
    and I am like you, sewing and dressing for perpetual summer. Winter is just something I get through - waiting for the sunshine.

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  8. I love them! Since Texas (where I live) is having its hottest, dryest summer in over 100 years it looks quite appropriate for this time of year!

    Karen in Houston

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  9. I absolutely love that skirt! Great colour. Nothing to apologise for there.

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  10. Great outfit. I really like the skirt in yellow! Both these patterns are on my list.

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  11. Another beautiful outfit :-) I love the colours together.

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  12. Sorry I forgot to say, I hope you are safe and well away from all the difficulties London is having at the moment

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  13. Very pretty garments and the colors are great. Like you, sometimes I just need some color to brighte my wardrobe and day.

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  14. A lovely combination. You'll be the ray of sunshine on any grey day.

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  15. Cute, cute, cute!! I love both pieces and they look great together. I try to sew for where I live, but I really like fall & winter clothing, which don't really get worn much in Texas. Now that I am in more temperate climes - bring on the wool!

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  16. Another gorgeous outfit Eugenia.

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  17. Slowly but surely I'm breaking out of the New York uniform of all black all the time. So I completely appreciate your enthusiasm for color! The outfit looks great and I'm sure will make you feel sunny even on a gray London day.

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  18. Ha! I am going to steal your words and start describing my style as "just stepped off a cruise ship." I too love bright colors and prints. These look great together! You are making me take a second look at that skirt (the top pre-dates my subscription, boo).

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  19. This is another really cute outfit! I love the color combination, it's something I definitely need more of in my wardrobe...color and lots of it!! You actually inspired my most recent post of the Jalie Jean...since you did yours in purple, I thought it was a really cool idea! When you get a chance, check it out.

    Also, I hope you're very far away from all the "unrest" going on over there!! Stay safe!!

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  20. What a sweet outfit and colour choice. Nice look for enjoying the sunshine and cocktails!

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  21. Put me off? Why would it. Looks fantastic. Hope the heat of London's current troubles is not affecting you.

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  22. What a cute outfit! I love the bright colors, that skirt will still be so much fun to wear as the weather begins to cool off.

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  23. What a terrific skirt! Yellow is such a great color.

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  24. Very nice ensemble! I particularly love the top, you did a super job!

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  25. A-dor-a-ble! And, what a great skirt! Fantastic on you - Enjoy the summer - I've actually got a hankering for Fall clothes - I don't know why. . .

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  26. The entire outfit is fabulous, but I'm in love with that blouse.

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  27. This is a great brightly coloured outfit.

    Why not make bright colours they always make you feel better even without any sunshine. I too, am drawn to bright colours. Better than dull and boring colours :)

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  28. I missed you.... Missed seeing your creations....I like the colour of the outfit. It's very refreshing. I need to get to my burda magazine and start sewing something... Nice work Eugenia.

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  29. That outfit is smoking. I love love love the mustard color for the skirt. Ugh...jealous. What a fabulous fabric find.

    The gathering in the blouse is flattering. I love the look of it too.

    Again, fab outfit!

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  30. Both pieces look lovely but I especially like the blouse.
    Nothing wrong with a tropical print. It brings out the sunshine even when it's cloudy.
    I try to sew along with the seasons but I also grow tired easily of summersewing and turn to wintersewing long before summer is ended. I even ordered some winterfabric this morning and can't wait to start.

    Lilian

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  31. Hi Eugenia,
    Lovely skirt, I have this issue of Burda magazine and would like to sew this pattern some day. The print on the blouse is very nice. I think I am like you, I am fond of floral prints and like to make garments that are more appropriate for vacations than for the city. Probably because we have so little warm weather in our climate and try to make up for it.

    PS: Hope you are safe with what was going on in London.
    Maria

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  32. Your outfit looks great! I have that burda mag that has the skirt in it I may just have to dig it out and make myself one. I love the yellow colour fabric you used for yours!

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  33. I like it very much, Eugenia. It's such a flattering look for you. As I looked at the outfit, I thought that a skirt would be such a great way to wear a bright color that we might not normally wear next to our faces. I had never thought of that!

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  34. Awesome!! Love the color and print elected, no matter if it looks like you are on a summer cruise ... you should wear the clothes they choose your heart ... that's fine ..

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  35. That yellow is fabulous! I love your skirt. Tropical colours are the perfect antidote to the British summer!

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  36. Super cute skirt. I love the stitching on the hem.

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  37. I really need a yellow skirt now. Too bad I don't have that issue or I'd copy exactly. :)

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