Pattern: Simplicity 5197 (view A) & Loes Hinse Oxford Pants (view B)
Size: S5197 - size 8; LH Oxford Pants - size S
Fabric: Tunic - Embroidered teal cotton from Timmel Fabrics; Khaki tencel woven from Nancy's Notions.
Comments: I have had this S5197 tunic cut out and ready to go for over two years, but it just sat in my to-do pile unloved and ignored. Well I finally felt bad enough about allowing it to languish for so long and decided to sew it up. Unfortunately in the interim, I managed to lose the instructions. Not a tragedy, but irksome none the less. So, I did it my way and made it up as I went along! It turned out well - the slits at the cuff and sides of the hem, as well as the collar are cute design features.
The cropped pants are simply shortened Loes Hinse Oxfords (which is one of my TNT pant patterns). Although I'll be the first one to admit that cropped pants can make those of us that are vertically challenged look all the more stumpy, I'm okay with it. Cropped pants are cool and comfortable in the summer for occasions when shorts are inappropriate. Normally for these circumstances, I turn to a skirt, but a girl likes to have options, ya know?
I was looking for a comfortable, casual outfit to wear for a day out shopping or visiting with friends. I think I got it!