Romantic Lacy Blouse

 I've been admiring the sort of Neo-Romantic wave in fashion lately.  Unfortunately my pocket-book doesn't admire the cost.  So, of course, I decided to make my own.  I was looking on-line for inspiration, and I found a shirt from the British store Topshop that I adored. Here it is. 

Fortunately, I had some creamy rayon in my stash that was perfect for the lining, or shell of the blouse. I also had bits of silk voile left over from past projects, and I found some inexpensive lace at Hancocks, bought a yard for nearly nothing, and voila! I was set to go.

I don't particularly like the way it look on me when it's hanging loose and free like it is in the Topshop image.  But belted, or tucked in...and I'm a happy camper. 

It's really quite dreamy and soft to wear. 

It puts me in mind of Anne of Green Gables, or A Room with a View.

 While I like to wear clothing that fits my style, and is evocative of vintage or antique outfits, I am not an outgoing, extroverted person.  I don't like being the center of attention, nor would I ever seek it.  But, I'm fully aware that if I choose to wear things out of the norm, I will get "looks."  I'm always battling my shyness, and constantly trying to get over my self consciousness when I dress vintage or "artsy" (as some people would call it.)  And because of this, I am soooo glad to see that Romantic and Vintage styles are coming back into the fashion scene.  Now I can wear them without fear of being stared at.  I took my daughter to swimming lessons this morning, and one of the female, college aged, life guards smiled at me and said, "I love your outfit!"  A positive compliment....

Another stash project completed.


Anonymous said…
Did you have a pattern for this? Can you make it in another size? If I pay you? :) This blog, and you, are beautiful.

Enjoy your last 2 weeks of summer!

Jenni said…
Hi Meredyth, Thank you so much! Just this the "Meredyth" that I work with...or someone totally different? Email me, and we will talk about the blouse.
Jenni said…
Also, Meredyth...I should probably mention that you can get the original inspiration blouse here,

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for less than I could probably make it for you. It's on sale, $30 plus shipping is free at the moment, but you might have to pay customs or handeling charges.
Mimic of Modes said…
Ooh, very 1910s and pretty!
Carys said…
I love that blouse, it is perfect on you! I feel exactly the same way: I love wearing vintage clothes but don't like feeling as if everyone is staring at me. I just tell myself that the only reason I stare at people is if I like their outfits, so hopefully the same is true for people staring at me. I think your style is lovely, I'm sure people are only admiring it!
From Carys of La Ville Inconnue
Nabila Grace said…
So stunning! I LOVE this shirt! I need one of those in my life :oD I used to have something similar to it a long time ago. :o) Fantastic job my dear!

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