Vogue Pattern V2958, Vogue Pattern 2958, Simplicity Pattern 8575


A Colourful Canvas, Vogue Pattern V2958, Simplicity Pattern 8575, Palazzo Pants, Project Sewn,
A Colourful Canvas, Vogue Pattern V2958, Simplicity Pattern 8575, Palazzo Pants, Project Sewn,

Have you ever driven past a muffler shop, or maybe a discount furniture store and seen those super tall inflatable air dancers? Errr, that would be yours truly in more than a few photos of me wearing my latest make. Not exactly the look I was going for, LOL. Just a whisper of a sea breeze and I was nearly airborne. But! I DO love these palazzo pants. Now, you know I love prints as much as ten times more than the next person, but I was a little hesitant when it came to sewing my first pair of wide legged pants. Clocking in at under 5’2″, I’m well aware that not every runway look is suitable for my short stature. Could I? Should I? Palazzo pants have been tempting me for quite some time…ikat, flowery, dotty…I love them all. I just wasn’t sure if they would love me back. Fate intervened when I spotted Vogue Pattern V2958 in my local Value Village. I didn’t hesitate. The pale blue lightweight cotton shirting had been languishing in my stash. At $2.00 a meter, it was the right choice for what could quite possibly be an epic fail. The blouse I made out of the same fabric to further create the illusion of length. I cautiously love the results…both the pants and the blouse are super comfortable, and I think I’m okay silhouette-wise, providing the weather conditions are cooperative. Yes! I think my experiment was/is a success! I’m already plotting my next pair. Yes. I. Am. Printed. Colourful. Coming. Soon.

This outfit felt just right for the seaside. Pale, watery blue shades, fluid lines, and mother of pearl buttons on the blouse. And to top it all off, a vintage 1960’s sailor hat recently purchased from lovely Bella’s Etsy shop, Citizen Rosebud Fresh Picked Vintage. Thank you so much Bella!

Pants :: Vogue Pattern V2958
Top :: Simplicity 8575
Hat :: Citizen Rosebud Fresh Picked Vintage
Sandals :: Melia
Bracelets :: Both Thrifted and Me-MadeLinking Up With:Patti of Not Dead Yet Style for Visible Monday
Judith of Style Crone for Hat Attack
Project Sewn

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Oops! You’re right if you said there is no difference. Two right bodice backs, my bad. Things were going merrily along until I made a goof, with scissors, and I had to cut a new bodice back piece. There was almost, nearly, not enough fabric to do so. But I squeaked out just enough, and because I was on a roll, I then proceeded to sew the bodice back to the bodice side back wrong sides together…and Ta Da! Two right backs. Seam ripping righted the wrong, but really! Really? Sheesh!



  • Reply M @ My Closet Catalogue May 29, 2014 at 4:53 am

    You look like a tall drink of water! Huzzah for monochrome and expert sewing skills! How is it that you make all your handmade pieces look so clean and sharp and manufactured? And how funny is it that what used to be a derogatory term – “Manufactured? All my clothing is bespoke, dahling!” – has now become the expected standard for quality.

    Non seqitur: what font do you use for your photo captions? It's driving me batty and I MUST know!

  • Reply Dana Bishop May 29, 2014 at 5:20 am

    You look absolutely smashing in your new ensemble. I love your prints but this choice of solid shirting screams summer fun at the shore! You are such a top notch seamstress. I agree with M above… Your work never looks hand made in the negative sense of the word. When I wear something I've sewn, I am invariably asked, “Did you make that?”

  • Reply Suzanne Carillo Style Files May 29, 2014 at 5:35 am

    Wow this is such a different look for you. I need to let my eyes adjust ; ) So calm and tranquil and dare I say it…normally NOT Sue. Glad that funky hat is there otherwise I might not recognize you.

    I love how you describe yourself. Those inflatable air dancers always freak me out. Someone needs to make a horror movie out of them. But they need to change the name from “air dancers” to “air stalkers”. Then at the end…just when someone is about to get killed…the last victim figures it out and shuts off the air and the air stalker crumples to the ground, looking like some sorry heap of old plastic garbage bags.

    I seem to have gotten slightly side-tracked here ; )

    Okay my eyes have adjusted to the non colour and non vibrancy of this retro design. I adore the top. It reminds me of a retro peplum. The little details are gorgeous and I can where they might get lost if it were a patterned fabric. I can really see the top paired with a piece a little more form fitting on the bottom, a pencil skirt, fitted jeans, or skinnies and ballet flats. Really reminds me of something Audrey Hepburn might have worn.

    The pants…they are Katherine Hepburn all the way. While I don't mind them at all I kind of wish they were in a very light flowy fabric, like silk or ummm….name another fabric that is light and flowy ; ) as a non sewer I don't know these kind of things.

    The entire ensemble really does create a decisive look though and I'm sure you created quite a stir on the beach when taking the photos. I would have to agree that it is a success and I can't wait to see your next pair of patterned palazzo pants. I'm envisioning flowers and colour… : )


  • Reply oona balloona May 29, 2014 at 6:29 am

    oh sue, you are TOO MUCH FUN. your shorty-in-arms is about to embark on a pair herself.

  • Reply Sheila May 29, 2014 at 6:55 am

    I'm with Suzanne – I LOATHE those “air dancer” freaky things. They creep me out.

    However, I LOVE your outfit! I would never have guessed you are 5'2″.

  • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas May 29, 2014 at 7:35 am

    And that's on a *tall* day, LOL!

  • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas May 29, 2014 at 7:37 am

    Can't wait to see them Marcy! Just be mindful about standing over a city steam vent ala Marilyn.

  • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas May 29, 2014 at 7:47 am

    Never mind blogging…it's clear that your true talent is screen writing. 😉

    See…I can do quiet. Of course, now that I've done quiet…I am anxious to give cray-cray a try! Silk would be gorgeous, as long as I didn't sit on anything, or stand too close to anyone. But, I totally know what you mean by light, flowy fabric…maybe a cotton voile, but I think even that won't create quite *the* look!

    I wore the top with skinnies yesterday…Yikes, I guess I'm channeling you now! Lucky ME!

    Thanks for the silhouette tips! You've got such a good eye and I really value your feedback.

  • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas May 29, 2014 at 7:53 am

    hahaha…that is so true. We wear RTW and hanker for handmade couture. We wear handmade and hope it looks RTW. We be women Maricel…maybe that's it?

    Must not have you going batty…my photo captions are Amatic Small Caps. Feel better?

  • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas May 29, 2014 at 7:57 am

    Thanks Dana! Four simple words enough to crush a seamstress to the ground. I've had years of practice towards getting the emphasis on the *right* word in this statement.

  • Reply Citizen Rosebud May 29, 2014 at 8:20 am

    I love yiur look ! So very 70s does 1930s retro. You look fab and I see a pair of pucci printed palazzo in your future! That hat looks great on you- youre such a treasure!

  • Reply sabine May 29, 2014 at 8:37 am

    Good that you reject your doubts, Sue, the look is perfect! With the small waisted top and the high wedges you found the perfect silhouette for your palazzo pants. You look beautiful!
    Your outdoor pics are always a great pleasure, the wind in this case is acts like an accessoire making them even more autentic.
    Sabine xxx

  • Reply pastcaring May 29, 2014 at 8:37 am

    Well, I don't cautiously love this outfit, Sue – I wholeheartedly, absolutely adore it! Bella's right, there's a fabulous 1930s vibe to it, so chic. And yes, now for a print version, that will look great. Brilliant, Cousin Sue! xxx

  • Reply Flo May 29, 2014 at 10:36 am

    Very cute! And what is great is that both pieces can be mixed and matched with so many other things too. Love that you got such a deal on so much of what you incorporated in this outfit.

    Your error looks like something I would do 🙂 Glad you had enough fabric. My seam ripper is my best friend too.

  • Reply barbarajanemade May 29, 2014 at 12:29 pm

    Fabulous, love the colour. The retro top and the palazzo pants look great together.

  • Reply Louise Perry May 29, 2014 at 12:36 pm

    Lovely, so summery and my you look tall in them! They do work to elongate your figure. I'm even shorter than you I just scrape 5ft so don't think they are for me, but you look excellent. And can I just say I love your toes! So cute.

  • Reply Jan Graham-McMillen May 29, 2014 at 5:13 pm

    Love all of it … that's the way to wear wide leg pants! When they fit perfectly! You look reed slim and so tiny. Brilliant blouse, cute hat and bangles and toes! But I love the wedges … are those the ones?
    So classy.

  • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas May 29, 2014 at 5:43 pm

    These are indeed THE ones! Thanks again for your tutelage.

  • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas May 29, 2014 at 5:44 pm

    Ah, my polka dot toes are really quite easy to do, and they add such a fun element of playfulness!

  • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas May 29, 2014 at 5:45 pm

    Thanks Barbara! It feels quite serene to be wearing a softer, single colour! I'm happy you like it!

  • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas May 29, 2014 at 5:47 pm

    Thanks Flo! I always love having some really inexpensive, but well liked, fabric in my stash for just these occasions. I can experiment and if it doesn't work, then no biggie, but if it does, BONUS!
    And, yes I was so lucky to have just enough fabric.

  • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas May 29, 2014 at 5:48 pm

    Yay! I hope your wide legged trousers are coming along too! I think you'll look fabulous and leggy in them!

  • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas May 29, 2014 at 5:49 pm

    Thanks Sabine! The outdoor photos really are my favourite, and this spot just seemed so idyllic.

  • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas May 29, 2014 at 5:51 pm

    Thanks Bella! For your sweet comment, and for the hats! I really love how this look came together, and you've described it brilliantly. 70's does 1930's retro. Yep!

  • Reply Val S May 29, 2014 at 7:47 pm

    I am constantly undoing things that I didn't think through – doh! But your outfit turned out beautifully. Even though it's not as colorful and printiful as what you usually wear, it's still so Sue! I really love the accessories and your paint job on your nails – I'm going to have to steal that idea. Kudos to your photographer, too, and your graphic designer (you?) because your montage is gorgeous!

  • Reply arish May 29, 2014 at 11:06 pm

    Precioso conjunto y preciosas sandalias y las uñas de tus pies están muy bien. BESICOS.

  • Reply Ileana May 29, 2014 at 11:47 pm

    What a cute look! I love the hat! 🙂


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  • Reply Merche Martinez May 30, 2014 at 5:59 am

    Great look! The palazzo pants are terrific and the whole outfit is just gorgeous…and the pedicure? Wow! You are such an artist!
    Excellent photos too! I love seeing them!

  • Reply Suzanne Carillo Style Files May 30, 2014 at 6:48 am

    I want to see you in the skinnies wearing this : )


  • Reply No fear of fashion May 30, 2014 at 8:36 am

    I think this “suit” is terrific. It looks ever so good on you. It is like a jumpsuit but much better shaped. You elongated yourself, the style is flattering. Beautiful. (Just stay out of the wind haha.)
    Now you are sewing one in print….. well, I have to say that I am a bit apprehensive about that. For anybody, being small or large. But it all depends on the print. So I am looking forward to see it.
    As for stitching the wrong sides together… been there, done that (more than once). Just lack of concentration.

  • Reply No fear of fashion May 30, 2014 at 8:37 am

    Forgot to say that Bella's hat looks fantastic on your head. Not everybody can wear this. You definitely can. It is so much fun with your “jumpsuit”.

  • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas May 30, 2014 at 9:22 am

    The dots are easy, and they hide a sloppy application. I use a dotting tool, that you can probably find in the nail polish section for a dollar or two. Thanks for complimenting the montage. I'm having some fun with graphics and design.

  • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas May 30, 2014 at 9:23 am

    Oooh, my language skills are not good at all, but I think you like my sandals? I will have to translate your comment. Thank you so much for taking the time!

  • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas May 30, 2014 at 9:23 am

    The hat really adds to the outfit, I agree!

  • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas May 30, 2014 at 9:24 am

    Thanks Merche! The pedi? Easy-peasy. Random dots…I have the most fun picking out the combination of colours.

  • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas May 30, 2014 at 9:29 am

    Thanks Greetje! I know! I know! There is a real big chance that it will be all kinds of wrong. Now, it will only be the pants with maybe a plain white top? I'm still thinking on that. One of the things with reading blogs is that sometimes you can't tell if people are stick thin and 6' tall. You just see their outfits and love them and want to wear them. But in blogging, I am starting to learn how some silhouettes are great, and how some just do not work. Of course, with sewing, you have to go to the trouble of making the garment before really knowing, but I'm going to give it a try. For sure, I will count on your honest opinion! xo

  • Reply Glenda May 30, 2014 at 4:51 pm

    You just proved to us shorties that we CAN wear wide leg pants. Yes, I love rule breakers in fashion. Even though you look impeccable in yours, I still don't think I have the ability to wear them well. My thighs would cause them to hike up. The very reason why I don't wear fuller shorts.

  • Reply dan May 31, 2014 at 1:03 am

    This is one of your best outfit ever! I love the palazzo pants and they are wonderful on you! Perfect short top with them… white is a summery colour that I wear often…you have matched very cute accessories and have a lovable nail polish too!!

  • Reply Cathy B May 31, 2014 at 6:54 am

    Love the TOES, Sue. The pants are lovely…but I like you, LOVE a great print. Have you seen those pj pants everyone is wearing? Printed, light, elastic waist and ankles? Dying to try a pair on!

  • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas May 31, 2014 at 9:02 am

    Thanks Cathy! Yes, I've seen them…they look so fun and flirty. But! I also keep hearing Stacey and Clinton's voices lamenting the pyjamafication of America. Some of these trends are so difficult to wear stylishly! Enjoy this sunshine!!

  • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas May 31, 2014 at 9:03 am

    Oh, thank you Dan! Wouldn't it be nice to be visiting you in Italy, and wearing this outfit!

  • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas May 31, 2014 at 9:04 am

    Thank you so much Glenda! You know how I keep a close eye on your killer style sense. And shorts….ieyie…I think I will make some of my own hopefully flattering versions.

  • Reply No fear of fashion June 1, 2014 at 7:31 am

    And you will get my honest opinion my dear. I found this great blog of a Canadian woman who lives in Amsterdam and reports on strange Dutch things. Have a good laugh when you read about Directness, which is item number four on the list (!!!). You will understand me so much better LOL.

  • Reply Gabrielle at Find Me Those Heels June 1, 2014 at 10:19 am

    This is such a sophisticated and chic look on you, Sue! I particularly love the perfectly-applied nail varnish on your toenails and how it matches your outfit! 🙂



  • Reply Pam @ over50feeling40 June 1, 2014 at 3:21 pm

    This is a gorgeous, chic look…perfect for summer. I can't believe you made it yourself…it is impeccable. Beautifully done.

  • Reply Patti June 1, 2014 at 4:10 pm

    Well done, Sue – I am loving the palazzo pant silhouette and you look *smashing* in them. Thanks for sharing with Visible Monday!

  • Reply The Style Crone June 1, 2014 at 5:38 pm

    The pale blue color is lovely, Sue. I have been loving palazzo pants this season and your top has the most wonderful details. Another stellar sewing project!

    The hat from Bella's “Fresh Picked Vintage” tops off this ensemble with perfection. Thank you for sharing with Hat Attack.

  • Reply Crystal Hammon, ABC, MLS June 1, 2014 at 6:14 pm

    Sue, I love the shirting and the palazzos…actually my favorite style! You look terrific! I'm dying to know how long it takes, start to finish on one of your stitched outfits. I feel like it takes me forever to complete something!

  • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas June 1, 2014 at 8:46 pm

    Hi Crystal, Oh, it's so difficult to answer how long it takes me to make an outfit. Often, in all seriousness, it takes the longest time for me to make a decision on what to sew and with what fabric. I can go back and forth on that for hours, {while I am doing other things of course}. I enjoy participating in online sewalongs that have parameters or themes; they help narrow down all those sewing possibilities. And again, the more tweaks or alterations I do to a pattern, the more time it takes. That can be a few hours, again allowing for time to just walk away. But, once the cutting has begun, I zip along fairly quickly. And! If I'm sewing a pattern that I've made before like this top, I can usually have it mostly finished in an afternoon, not counting hand sewing hems or buttons. It does really depend on what kind of work is involved. But there is no right or wrong length of time. I have found that now I am older, I enjoy the process as much as the finished garment.

  • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas June 1, 2014 at 8:47 pm

    Thank you Judith! I was thrilled to have a hat on my head, and especially a hat from Bella's store, so that I could join your party this month!!! Thanks for stopping by.

  • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas June 1, 2014 at 8:48 pm

    Thank you Patti! I do hope to see you rockin' a pair like I know you would! Thank you for being the loveliest of hosts Patti!

  • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas June 1, 2014 at 8:49 pm

    Thank you Pam! It's always nice to read your lovely comments!

  • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas June 1, 2014 at 8:50 pm

    Thank you so much Gabrielle! I had fun choosing the polish colours to go with this outfit. Of course, now I feel compelled to wear coordinating colours until I change my polish. 🙂

  • Reply Carelia Moran June 1, 2014 at 9:43 pm

    I love palazzo pants and I adore this look on you. I had to say that your pedi and your hat are too adorable and they are the perfect playful touch for your look.

  • Reply Trina June 1, 2014 at 10:01 pm

    You pulled off those palazzo's like a beauty queen. I'm loving the choice of white with this particular outfit, it is the perfect summer attire, and I must add excellent choice of sandals. Your pedi is priceless, I think it's totally Sue, at least it made me smile. By the way, you hide your small height very well.

  • Reply popcosmo June 2, 2014 at 5:45 am

    WOW! Have I ever seen you in a solid color? You look fabulous and of course pulled it off in your perfect playful YOU style! Just adorable. And I just can't believe you make all this! That photo with the sky framing you is exquisite.
    xo ~kim & chloe

  • Reply Haylee Mae June 2, 2014 at 8:01 am

    Wow! You look stunning. Love it. Those sandals are great too. Gorgeous 🙂


  • Reply Nicole June 2, 2014 at 8:13 am

    Now I'm the one surprised! I never would have guessed you were the same height as me! The outfit fits you beautifully–great work!

  • Reply Tamera Beardsley June 2, 2014 at 7:52 pm

    So beautiful and inspiring my dear! Big, big Kudos!!!


  • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas June 2, 2014 at 9:59 pm

    Thank you Tamera! Your Trina Turk's are soooooo fabulous!

  • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas June 2, 2014 at 10:00 pm

    It's funny, isn't it?! There are quite a few of us shorties out there sewing and blogging. Maybe we look tall because we are the only ones in the photos?

  • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas June 2, 2014 at 10:01 pm

    Aw, thank you Haylee! So nice of you to comment!

  • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas June 2, 2014 at 10:01 pm

    Surprise!!! Now, I want a pair like Chloe's.

  • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas June 2, 2014 at 10:02 pm

    Thanks Trina! The sun was so bright when we took photos, and the fabric is a very light blue. It does read crisp summer white though!

  • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas June 2, 2014 at 10:04 pm

    Thanks Carelia! Now, have a seen palazzo pants on you? I'm trying to recall…of course, you always look so fabulous in outfits that show off your great legs!

  • Reply Susan Street June 3, 2014 at 4:13 am

    You nailed the fabric, the shape combination and the photo shoot. Great job!

  • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas June 3, 2014 at 7:52 am

    Thank you so much Susan! You've got impeccable style sense, and I really appreciate your comment!!!

  • Reply Rebecca June 3, 2014 at 2:49 pm

    This is truly fantastic! I am so happy you made some wider leg pants as you look amazing in them! I too am 5'2″ and love wide leg pants! The color you chose is perfect for the season! I also adore the matching top!


  • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas June 3, 2014 at 5:13 pm

    Oh my goodness! We are forming quite a small stature club it seems! It's funny how we all think everyone is tall on their blogs! Thanks for the compliment Rebecca!

  • Reply RedTagChicLosAngeles June 4, 2014 at 6:42 am

    Great! I'm a very big fan of palazzos & I love how you did & wore one here!! I wear palazzos all the time & I featured a printed one just recently on my blog….hope you could check it out & let me know what you think!


  • Reply Lana June 4, 2014 at 2:18 pm

    So beautiful on you! I love the color and the palazzo pants look great on you. Found you through HIWM!

  • Reply Beata B June 7, 2014 at 12:47 pm

    What a gorgeous outfit Sue! I love the colour and the cut, the top is sooooo cute 🙂 hugs xxxx

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