Me Made May ’16, and how to style a peasant blouse

Peasant blouses worn with pants are basically my daily uniform, the go-to outfit I exist in at all times. It’s also May, which means Me-Made-May’16, and though I don’t post daily outfit photos I have diligently been practicing my me-made-may pledges to wear something I made myself every day, for several years now. So much so, in fact, that for the past two years in a row I’ve worn a self-made item every single day. I was almost shocked to realize this when May rolled around this year. And also quite pleased: making my own clothes and honoring makers and all things handmade has become a daily practice and life philosophy.

Do you have a daily uniform you love? Kristi McDonough from Schnitzel & Boo has a great post up over at Sew Mama Sew about her go-to indie patterns that would work great for a handmade spring-to-summer wardrobe – I was so thrilled she included the Zsálya in her list! My Zsályas are still some of my favorites but today I wanted to show you how I wear some other folksy blouses I made recently.

First up, my Uptown folk blouse (the pattern is still available for free at the Sew News web site, through May 31st!). For this embroidered version, I like to go full-out 1930s and wear them with high-waisted palazzo pants, and my favorite Ariat Western boots. I’ve been obsessed with these pants lately: I love really, really love how they look with peasant blouses, defining the waist and elongating one’s silhouette. I don’t remember where I got the fabric for these pants – it’s some kind of eco-friendly blend I’ve had for years, probably linen, cotton, and recycled polyester.



Then there’s the upcycled Old Navy blouse from my previous post, with the Faraway Garden embroidery on the front. I like these with ankle-length, narrowish culottes, and Fly London shoes. The culottes are essentially the same pattern as the wide-leg pants above, except that the pants legs are shorter and straight. I used Robert Kaufman Essex Linen in navy for these.




And finally: joggers!

Joggers of all kinds are all the rage these days – you see them everywhere on the street and there are a number of great indie designer jogger pants patterns out there too. Also, did you know there are multiple ways to tuck a shirt into your waistband, by the way? I didn’t! I found out from Rae Hoekstra’s post about what kinds of shoes to wear with her Luna pants pattern. She also has a great post about how other bloggers have made/styled the Luna recently – full of fun ideas.




Well, it also turns out that joggers pair really well with peasant blouses. Shown above with my non-embroidered version of the Uptown blouse with a pair of Luna pants I made recently, and Swedish Hasbeens for the shoes. I incorporated two details from a favorite pair of joggers that are getting a little threadbare from all the love I’ve been giving them: an exposed zipper at the ankle and a patch pocket with a slanted welt detail.



Apologies for the wrinkly detail photo! I should have ironed the pants before photographing but, well, it wasn’t meant to be.

I do love this pocket and, in general, exposed zippers at the ankles, especially when there’s elastic or gathers ALSO involved. I wanted to toughen up the soft, feminine vibe of the peasant blouse, and the menswear-inspired pocket and moto-ish zipper do the job nicely. The fabric is another one I’ve had in my stash that I can’t remember the source of, like for the palazzos. It’s the kind of thing I’ve seen pants for hiking made out of, but eco-friendly because the polyester portion of the blend is recycled. So hey, these pants are eco-friendly on top of being handmade! The only other change I made to the original Luna pattern was to take out a bit of ease at the sides. I suspect I’ll be making more of these.





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5 Responses to Me Made May ’16, and how to style a peasant blouse

  1. francesca says:

    Oh, I love these pants with the blouses! My favourite shape – actually the only shape of pants I wear (obsessed with 30s lines….) I’ve used Colette’s Juniper, a McCall’s pattern and am now trying the 1940s pattern from Evaexpress. But this high waisted style is great. Is it from Decades of Style?

    I too reached a point last year when it was strange if I wasn’t wearing me-made:).

    • Kati says:

      The high-waisted style is my pattern. If all goes well I’ll be getting it graded soon! Thank you for the vote of confidence! It’s based on something I have from the 1930s.

      • Francesca Amodeo says:

        Oh wow! I can’t wait! I love 30s lines and my wardrobe is loosely based on those with a touch of 50s :)… without looking too vintage though, it’s more the silhouettes I love. I am steadily working my way through all the 30s/early 40s style patterns I can find – including one genuine one – Colette’s Juniper (nice leg shape but too low waisted especially in front), Smooth sailing, Evadress’s 40s pants, and am now about to try decades of style’s and a simplicity one. I love the look of these and will grab the pattern when you publish it! I do hope you will be doing paper…..

  2. Rae Hoekstra says:

    These are so great!! Still can’t get over those awesome details you added to Luna. And love your other outfits as well — I love those palazzo pants and the embroidery details are fantastic!! So great.

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