Thursday, January 6, 2011

Beachy Keen Take 2

One thing I am going to to do this year is make more of what I loved from last year.  The Beachy Keen outfit is one that I wear as often as I can.  I love the style and comfort of it.  My DH does too.  So here is Take 2 using these two patterns:

For the cropped pants I used a cotton fabric, bought locally, that is a little heavier than chambray with vertical ivory stripes ($8.00 for 2 yards, if I recall).  The tunic is an 11 oz. rayon jersey from Gorgeous Fabrics ($10.50 for one yard at 25% off).  The color is off white.  I wish you could feel how incredibly soft this is.  I am so glad I bought a few swatches of this weight in different colors.  You can find construction details on my original post highlighted above.  The only thing I changed was the length of the tunic.  It is a little shorter, and the front button on the pants is set closer to the slit.  Here is a close-up of the front slit. 
I can also dress the cropped pants up a bit more with another top I made last year and still wear.  I like accessorizing in silver and red for this outfit. 
I thought you might like to see what my sewing buddies look like.  I have about three that run around my walls when I work at night.  They race around and I catch glimpses of them in my peripheral vision.  I used to think my eyes were playing tricks on me.  Though they are ghostly, they are not ghosts!  Just good ole' Maui house geckos!  This little guy is my kitchen gecko.  The others scoot around too fast to capture on camera, but this little guy is getting used to me! 

28 comments:

Karin said...

Both tops are nice. The second one is particularly eye-catching and flattering on you. (It's so nice when stuff made a while ago is still going strong.) Love the pants and their little button detail.

Anonymous said...

I have some of those little things running around my house too. The problem is a few days after they show up, the scorpions come looking for them. Apparently scorpions like having lizards for lunch. Still, apparently our European scorpions are very tiny compared with Texan ones. I did accidentally squash one when I walked on it in my slippers one morning. (As opposed to when I deliberately squash them by dropping a big book on them!)

But I love the lizards. They're so cute. And they're completely harmless. I don't understand why people get so freaked out by them!

Carolyn said...

We get zillions of those little house gheckos too! They are cute, aren't they, and I usually slip a piece of paper underneath and transfer them to a shady leafy spot in the garden...
Your new outfit looks casual and comfortable. I really like the button detail on the front of the pants.

sewing spots said...

Another great outfit! It does look great on you. Doesn't it feel good when you find things that you love and fit well?

Andrea said...

Ah man, I love those pants! They look so effortless and cute. If I had the guts to venture into pants-sewing, I'd give those a try. The whole ensemble looks great!

Linda said...

I think you are my new sewing idol. You are a prolific and quality seamstress! Lovely outfit. Love the hem detail on the pants. At a relative's house in Florida, I once shared a shower with a gecko. I was told that was normal.

Little Hunting Creek said...

What a pretty outfit! Why not repeat successful formulas? That's what designers do. I used to live on Maui, and the geckos drove the cat crazy.

beangirl said...

I love that combo, the pants and the top are both great. I can see why it's a favorite. Good for you on your resolution to resew things that work. I tend to get caught up in wanting to try something totally new (which isn't usually very successful). Resewing with a few detail changes makes so much sense!

Our geckos go away in the winter. I think they're cute, but the Husband doesn't like them in the house and always transfers them outside. I assume they're eating bugs, so I figure better inside that out. Sadly, with the kids being small we had to spray our house for scorpions and brown recluses and that injured the poor geckos. I felt bad, but after finding a 6 inch long scorpion in the girls bedroom when they were toddlers, I decided it was either the girls or the geckos. The geckos lost.

Eugenia said...

I love those pants - the button detail is really fun and interesting looking. Both of those tops complement the pants beautifully.

Marie-Christine said...

Good point. Of course we want entertainment and therefore variety, but repeating the standards that work is a good idea. More efficient sewing too :-). And no wonder you like these ones, they look really good on you.

Vanessa said...

The tops are so pretty! I must say, though, I REALLY love the pants. I have never seen any with a little button like that on the bottom. How unique!

As for the geckos, you are a brave woman! My brother loves lizards, so he would be right at home in Maui!!

Joy said...

I really love those pants - I remember your other version. The buttoned slit is such a nice detail.

I miss seeing the little green anoles (they look like geckos) running around our porch when we lived in NC. Finding snakes sprawled here and there was a little . . . shocking.

Ann's Fashion Studio said...

I can see why you would sew this outfit again. It looks awesome and so comfortable.
The Sewing Workshop patterns have some very nice style details.

The Slapdash Sewist said...

Definitely an outfit worth repeating, and I love the long sleeve top for a little more warmth with the cropped pants.

Debra Martin said...

Great pants! The length is perfect for showing off strappy sandals! I can definitely see why you would make this pattern over and over again.

Uta said...

Two great outfits! I love the button tab; if this is the year I finally make pants I need a pair just like that!

Caroline said...

Oh, we've got geckos galore too, in the warmer weather. If I open the front door at night several always dash in, and there's always a bunch there under the light.

Cute outfit! I like the first top - like a tank only a tad bit dressier.

A Sewn Wardrobe said...

The button detailing on those pants are just great! They really make the pattern. Grea fit though, too.

Lizzards in one's house? Yikes! Thry are super cute, but I'd be afraid of squashing one on the floor, or worse, rolling over in bed to find one looking at me, hehe!

Alexandra Mason said...

This outfit looks wonderful...I love the pants!

gwensews said...

I can see why you love that outfit. It looks like youa added a tab to the pants slit. Very cute!

j.kaori said...

Great outfit! The pants are especially cute and flattering. I love your little houseguest too!

Myra said...

Shannon, I love both tops and those pants! The button detail is just too cute!! You always look fabulous in everything you make!

I'm afraid I'm one of those folks that get freaked out by geckos! We have them here in Florida during the warmer months and I have my DH take them outside whenever one gets in the house!!! Thanks for nice comments too!

Lisette M said...

Two adorable outfits.

I showed my son your kitchen gecko, he loves lizards( this year he is enjoying a lizard calendar!)

Karin van D. said...

Great outfits. I especially love that second top, it's gorgeous and looks beautiful on you!

Beth said...

I love those pants, they look great on you. I have that pattern and planned on making them for my up coming trip to Maui.
I love your geckos, we have them here in Georgia and I was alway skeptical of them until one day I saw my porch gecko eat a Very Large spider. Spiders I cannot toleate, so the gecko's stay.

Gorgeous Things said...

I'm not generally a cropped pants fan, but those are beautiful! I'm dreaming of warm weather - we're having a blizzard in Boston right now.

velosewer said...

Love the detailing on the pants. They are just so neat. Great tops too. BTW we have a baby blue tongue lizard on our grounds too. It doesn't scoot around. It just looks at you and slowly walks away - kinda like an elephant would:)

amber said...

That outfit is just adorable! Perfect non-kitsch island wear.

Might I trade you our black widows for your cute little house geckos? Hmmm? ;)