WIW: summer top and jeans

Today I'm wearing a summer top and the step-hem jeans I got at the Nordstrom Anniversary sale. The top is a sleeveless shell that I made with a tie at the neck, made out of a soft rayon woven fabric with orange diamonds printed on a soft blue-gray background. I knew the fabric would go with my bright coral-orange cardigan and platform sandals, though this morning it was a little chilly for the sandals, so I wore gray closed-toe shoes instead.

Here's the outfit, worn for a day off: gray and orange diamond-print sleeveless tie-neck top (made by me); blue step-hem cropped flare jeans (Mother, Insider crop step-hem); bright coral 3/4-sleeved cardigan (Halogen); light gray Mary Janes (Think!) or orange platform sandals (Kork Ease, Austin); medium-gray cross-body bag (Olbrish). Also included a close-up of the fabric for you!

Thanks for looking! I appreciate any thoughts you wish to share.

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33 Comments

  • Mirjana replied 2 months ago

    I can only say lovely outfit on you. Beautiful color of cardi and sandals, I adore coral.

  • Jenni NZ replied 2 months ago

    Oh I love this FC ! Do you know about me and orange?! Of course I prefer the matchy-matchy look of the sandals but the grey look good too toned in with the bag x

  • Joy replied 2 months ago

    I keep going bsck to the photo with the coral cardi and sandals. Beautiful and elegant summer casual

  • Scarlet replied 2 months ago

    Super cute. I like how the jeans make it very now. Gorgeous top!!

  • Jane replied 2 months ago

    Lovely! I like the top! 

  • Angie replied 2 months ago

    Killer x2

  • Dianna replied 2 months ago

    Fab x 2!  Both options are fantastic.

  • Ginkgo replied 2 months ago

    Love the jeans and the orange color on you.  And your hair is looking magnificent!

  • Susie replied 2 months ago

    Such a great color for summer! I love both stylings. Those jeans are fab on you- go team wear!

  • Firecracker replied 2 months ago

    thanks, all!
    JenniNZ, I'm guessing you like orange?? Thanks for your comments!

    Scarlet, I was hoping for that effect (jeans updating the look)! Thanks!

  • Laura G replied 2 months ago

    Two great outfits. And your hair does look beautiful!

  • Joyce B replied 2 months ago

    Both are fab! I need to learn to sew like you, you make such beautiful garments.

  • lozz_oz replied 2 months ago

    Fabulous combinations! You inspire me to get some of my fabric out + start sewing again.

  • Berkeley Girl replied 2 months ago

    Great outfit, and it's adorable on you! Both shoe options are terrific. The way the platforms pick up the color of the sweater is great, but I am dying for those grey Mary Janes... did you get them recently enough that they might still be available... ?

  • Beth Ann replied 2 months ago

    Fabulous color combination I love the vibrance of the orange against the serene cool of the grey --- This outfit has a great mix of classic and updated elements:  slightly Euro shoes and step hems.  You look terrific!

  • Firecracker replied 2 months ago

    Beth Ann, thank you! It is a mix, isn't it? I think it's a mix of different things I like, and you put names to them for me!

    Berkeley Girl, I got the shoes a couple of years go, okay, maybe three. It's a style that Think! keeps making year after year, though. Here's a similar pair, currently available on Zappos (also in Finds below)--and I have the same style in black, which I've had several years longer than the gray pair that I wore today.

    Thanks, Joyce! The top is a pattern I have made many times before. I tend to get some styles that I repeat again and again. So if you found one pattern that is easy and works well, you can get started pretty quickly.

  • shevia replied 2 months ago

    Beautiful outfit. I love the colors and the jeans.

  • AndiB replied 2 months ago

    This is divine. Simple yet so youthful. I adore those Think shoes!

  • Firecracker replied 2 months ago

    Thanks, Shevia!

    Berkeley Girl, here is the same shoe, different color, at 6pm.com.

    Go for it, loz_oz!

    Thanks, AndiB!

  • Brooklyn replied 2 months ago

    Great outfit. And your hair is looking fab.

  • Elizabeth P replied 2 months ago

    You are such a clotheshorse! The jeans look much better on you than the model. The top lies perfectly over them. Perfect proportions.

    Can you tell I love this on you?

  • fashiontern replied 2 months ago

    Wow, nicely done!

    I actually like the pic with grey shoes better. Something about your posture in them.

  • Chris987 replied 2 months ago

    Lovely outfit ! Grey and orange is such a fab color combination. I especially like the pattern mixing of the small print in the top and the "striped " effect of the orange sandals. Your home-made garments are always such gorgeous designs! I used to sew a lot, perhaps you will inspire me to find a simple dress pattern to make fit well and then use over and over.....and i must check out the think! brand.....I had one pair a few years ago that was a random thing but I loved them and they lasted a long time.

  • RobinF replied 2 months ago

    Great outfit! Love the step hem of the jeans and the fun shoes. And the talent of making your own clothes of course!

  • anne replied 2 months ago

    Really lovely. The top has a 60s look about it

  • JAileen replied 2 months ago

    I love the touches of orange. The top is perfect for summer.

  • Bijou replied 2 months ago

    I love this on you - the top and jeans are a great combination. I really love the orange sandals with this, perfect for summer.

  • Firecracker replied 2 months ago

    Gingko, Laura, and Brooklyn, thanks for your compliments on my hair. I just got it trimmed, and it seems to have perked up!

    Chris, I hadn't thought about the stripe effect of the sandals--good observation. For me one of the tricks to sewing is staying with less fitted and less tailored pieces, so it's easier to get a garment I'll want to wear. I generally like to make knit tops because they are so simple and forgiving.

    Anne, yes, I thought the same thing about the 60s vibe. I don't know if it's the print or the style, or a bit of both.

    Thanks to all for your nice comments!

  • Style Fan replied 2 months ago

    I love this look on you especially with the orange sandals.  The print of the top is a bit 60s looking. 

  • smittie replied 2 months ago

    This is Awesome!
    I love the jeans. The slight flare at the bottom is so good on you.
    I love the top and the complimentary cardigan. A super graphic quality.
    Everything looks like it fits so well too.
    Well done!

  • jill58 replied 2 months ago

    I love this--perfect casual outfit. You have the best shoes!

  • frannieb replied 2 months ago

    Love everything about the top and i always adore those mary jane shoes.

  • kkards replied 2 months ago

    easy, clean and super fab!

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