Peachy keen, indeed! Peach is one of the most difficult colours I can think of to style. When done right, it can look uber-chic. If done wrong, it’s suitable only for the elderly, and even then only on a cruise ship holiday. Or at best a bridesmaid from the mid-80s.
This blouse fits the second category. 100% polyester and designed for old ladies’ loungewear, it is a vibrant shade of peach. I bought this last summer at Scope in Whitby, parting with £3.50.
The very best thing about this blouse is the laser-cut broderie anglaise effect at the bottom. It’s so simple, and so pretty. And scallops are so ‘now’!
I think it was the scallops that made me think of shorts for this, having seen many many scallop-edged shorts in blogland this past summer.
For this project I chose Burda 07/2011 #109 in size 38. I chose it because of the elasticated waist ( = easy) and the in-seam pockets (a must for any casual shorts) but Burda has a billion other shorts patterns that would do the job well, if not better. Because this pattern was intended for short-shorts, I extended the leg 4-5″ or so which was the depth of the flower pattern on the original blouse.
It was easy enough to cut the pieces with the hem against the bottom edge of the original blouse.
Unfortunately there wasn’t quite enough fabric. You can see the inside leg on the right hand side below is pieced. The outside leg is intact with its in-seam pockets cut from the sleeves!
There was literally about 5% of the material left… hardly anything.
Here are the finished shorts with their elasticated waist.
I toyed with the idea of adding a couple of the original buttons back on as a design feature, but decided in the end that it brought them too close to the original blouse and much too close to cruise ship territory as they do have a slight nautical feel.
I styled this as best I could. In this pic I am wearing the shorts with a transparent black overblouse with shiny gold buttons. The gold buttons give it a slightly spangly, 1970s feel. I had gold sandals and a gold cuff which worked well, alongside a beaded native-american style bag which has salmon, black, gold and yellow beads and ties the whole lot together nicely. I call this look “70s-Navajo-Cruse Ship” and grabbed a couple of pics on my yacht off Cooper Island in the British Virgin Islands. Vogue eat your heart out.