If there’s one thing I’ve loved this summer, it’s florals. Whether it’s the flowers in my garden or the floral fabric of my outfits, I’ve been surrounded by beautiful colors of nature. I noticed all the flowery outfits I’ve worn lately, and decided to share them with you! Some are homemade and some are not, but all of them put me in a happy, summery mood!
First off: the outfits! Besides looking at nature, hanging out with friends/family, and earning some summer income, I’ve spent the past four months sewing up a storm! I started off with a personalized pouch for some of my graduating friends, a pair of pink overalls for myself, and have recently gotten a head start of my Christmas presents. The following dress and skirts came into being around the beginning of the summer, so I’ve enjoyed them a lot! All six outfits are bright, pretty, and fun editions to my wardrobe, and I’ll be sad when summer comes to a close and they’ll hibernate in my closet for a while. But until then, here are my floral outfits!
When I planned my summer dress, I wanted something light and casual that I could wear to church, but also something I could wear to a picnic with friends. After picking up this cute floral print, I was ready to go! I used the Cynthia Rowley 1873 pattern, and I’m pretty happy with how it came out! I love the flow and feel of the fabric and have worn it many times to many events!
The skirt on the right is one of the simplest patterns a sewer can make. I had some leftover fabric from a previous sewing project, and all I did was cut a large rectangle, gather it, and attach a waistband and zipper. Voila! The one thing I don’t like about this skirt is the bottom circumference is tight, which makes me walk like a penguin. Not the sophisticated look I’m going for. I plan to make a side slit to allow for my regular stride.
I also made these two skirts, using the pattern Simplicity 2226. The one on the left is actually the second thing I ever sewed! The skirt on the right has a white floral pattern that almost looks like lace. When I first made these skirts, I liked to wear everything at my hips instead of my waist, which was the style at that time. Since I now like to wear everything at my waist, I had to take the waistline in, which wasn’t too hard to do (after I figured out the best way to do it!). I like how they flatter my figure and have a cute and fun pattern, but are also modest and formal enough I can wear to events. I’m starting to realize that a versatile wardrobe is the best kind of wardrobe!
These two vintage outfits came from my great-aunt, and I’ve fallen in love with them! If I had to choose another era to live in, I would definitely choose the 1950s, which is where these came from. The skirt on the left is a smaller floral pattern with buttons down the front, and I love how it still looks fashionable even though it’s over half a century old! The outfit on the right is actually a top and bottom piece, and I fell in love with it as soon as I saw it. The crop top and high waisted (elastic) skirt are made of a super comfy material and look gorgeous with a pearl necklace and earrings. Even if I’m not bold enough to wear the two together, they’re easy enough to pair with other clothing, adding a touch of vintage to a modern outfit.
When I’m not wearing my florals, I’m taking pictures of them! If a flower catches my attention, I can’t help but take a snapshot! Earlier this summer I went to the Botanical Gardens in Washington D.C. and took a bunch of photos there. There are so many beautiful flowers there! Orchids are one of my favorite types of flowers, so I absolutely loved walking through a room full of them.
If you’ve never been to the Botanical Gardens before, I’d really encourage you to go! I spent about 45 minutes to an hour doing a quick visit. I can’t wait to go back because there is always so much to look at, and there’s something about looking at plants that is very relaxing and enjoyable. Next time I think I’ll bring my sketch pad and sit on one of the benches for a while to draw. There’s so much beauty to capture!
Have you found an abundance of flowers blooming in your life?