To the Manor Born

I think the only thing that would complete this outfit is a hunting rifle. Don’t you? English countryside anyone? When I was a kid, my mom had a subscription to Victoria magazine. In fact, I’m quite sure she still has every back issue of that magazine because truly, it was a lovely little thing. I loved flipping through old issues and I especially loved how many redheads with fair and freckled skin were featured in the magazine as a whole. It was rather refreshing. As someone who was a tad self conscious about that, I learned to see my own beauty by looking at some of those wild haired and very english looking ladies. Not that you all needed a trip down my memory lane, but there you go. I feel a bit english today (this is not to say that I know anything of english life, except what I see on tv and read in magazines) and this outfit reminds me of some of those Victoria magazines.

This is the exact same skirt as my fuschia skirt just different fabric is all. It’s a self drafted number which is the reason it fits so wonderfully and feels so comfortable. It was a shop sample for my Yellow Bird class, but I recently stole it home so that I could wear it. It’s pretty lovely, if I do say so myself and I did a rather stellar job of matching the plaids. It’s lined and has that little pocket on the front – which I applied by hand – and also features a petersham ribbon waistband. The fabric came from somewhere, but I honestly couldn’t tell from where at this point. It’s a bit old.

The cowl-necked top is the Renfrew, made out of a wool knit. The funny thing about this particular top is that I had it scrapped in my “I need to do something to fix this” pile and was intending to make it into a dress. When I put on my little plaid skirt, I immediately knew that this would be an ideal top to go with it. I think the reason I had it scrapped is because as I was cranking it out, I was wearing blue jeans and I kept trying it on and thinking it looked so drab and lifeless in addition to thinking it was a lot of navy blue for one person. Just goes to show ya that coordination can be key. The belt is also a self make, of course and well, there it is, readers.

I didn’t actually do my Everyday Wardrobe bit with this outfit, but as you can see, the look itself is a little upscale, but I’m completely comfortable. Totally wearable all day long, which is exactly what I did. The weather has already turned chilly and this is just the thing for an October day out! And now, if you don’t mind, I’m off to have a spot of tea and a crumpet.


PS ~ It’s been crazy busy around here, so sorry for the radio silence. I think I’m finally back to my normal, quiet life. Maybe. We’ll see, I guess. Have a lovely weekend Friends!

  • Jenny - Thanks for sharing this awesome outfit ~ it looks so comfy and it looks great on you. Now I’m going to go search for some wool knit!ReplyCancel

  • Donna - Love that outfit! It’s nice to see the Renfrew in a slightly different fabric.ReplyCancel

    • Sunni - I love the fabric. Wool knits are especially great because they usually not as itchy/scratchy as their woven counterparts. They sew together so dreamily too. Plus, they are typically washer friendly. I have both this sweater and a wool jersey blouse that wash up wonderfully – definitely hang dry, but they are rather easy to care for.ReplyCancel

  • Katherine - Love the colour of that Renfrew! It goes beautifully with that tweedy plaid. I should find/make more navy things I think – I always forget about that colour and it goes so nicely with pale skin and red hair. . .

    (also, you have the exact same boots as me! those are great boots!)ReplyCancel

    • Sunni - Totally goes so well with pale skin and red hair! I love these boots – they are awesomely comfortable and rather chic.ReplyCancel

  • Carolyn - I love the pocket on the skirt and how it’s cut on the bias. It is a wonderful touch on a basic piece and helps to set it apart! This is a lovely outfit!ReplyCancel

    • Sunni - Thank you Carolyn! I do so love that pocket and putting it on the bias really gives it just a little shine without overpowering the rest of the skirt.ReplyCancel

  • oonaballoona - rifle as necessary fashion accessory… could change it’s stigma forever…

    gorgeous outfit! and the top is perfect, isn’t it great when a scrapper finds new life?ReplyCancel

    • Sunni - Couldn’t agree more! Sometimes is just the way in which you pair things that really gives them life and the just the right look.ReplyCancel

  • Amanda - Love the outfit!! The colour & print of the skirt really do elevate the navy Renfrew from casual to elegant – great example of how interchangeable separates can really expand your wardrobe! ^_^ReplyCancel

    • Sunni - I love that you said “casual to elegant.” I felt the exact same way – yet still everyday comfortable!ReplyCancel

  • Becky - LOVE that outfit. Candidly, I probably wouldn’t have thought to pick either of those fabrics off the shelf but I love being inspired by seeing what people choose to do because those fabrics are really gorgeous. Being relatively new, part of the fun of all this is learning how to envision a finished piece from a bolt in front of you. Thanks for your continued inspiration!ReplyCancel

    • Sunni - Awesome thought! I too would probably have never picked the fabric off the shelf. I believe I was given the plaid fabric – can’t exactly remember, but I’m pretty sure I was. The navy sweaterknit was more of a “I want to try working with this fabric” type thing and I LOVED it! I rarely pick “neutrals” really, and always go for more exciting colors and prints, but I need to be more careful about that because then I end up with lots of beautiful cloth that doesn’t really go together.ReplyCancel

  • Miss Crayola Creepy - Adorable outfit! And I love the pop of red in the back of the skirt.ReplyCancel

    • Sunni - Why thank you! That’s the lining – I’m kind of fond of that little pop too!ReplyCancel

  • maddie - I was a bit self conscious too when I was younger. Having red hair, freckles, and pale skin, I stuck out like a sore thumb. Just like you though, I learned to like my attributes.

    Love the outfit, even if it’s English lookingReplyCancel

    • Sunni - I feel your self consciousness sister! I always stuck out like a sore thumb! I’m thinking of my old prom pictures – oh boy! White as snow, I was. But I’m totally OK with that – better to be remembered that completely forgettable, right?ReplyCancel

  • Charity - Brown/ tan and navy is one of my favorite color combinations. I love your whole outfit, from the comfortable but classy top, to the perfectly fitted pencil skirt, the handmade belt, and those sweet boots. Love that plaid, and the pocket you added. I want an outfit like this! =)ReplyCancel

    • Sunni - I know, isn’t the pocket just the best? I love that little pocket. It’s so sweet without being childish.ReplyCancel

  • Amanda S. - My son LOVES his red hair and all the compliments he gets from having it. Maybe the views on it have changed, I don’t know. Anyway, fun new outfit! It looks really comfortable to me, and warm too.ReplyCancel

    • Sunni - I think they have. I LOVE that your son loves his red hair! My grandmother loved that I had red hair, and it was all alright until I got to middle school when I was teased and called names about it. I’m totally fine with it now! I love going in to get my hair cut because all of the stylists come by, take one look at my hair and ask the girl who does my hair what color it is. Ha! It’s pretty wonderful and even though I’ve colored my hair before, its not something that I have to do. And my outfit was sooooooo warm! Totally the reason I wore it today.ReplyCancel

  • Rochelle New - Gorgeous!! I love how you paired so many classic pieces together for one super amazing classy look! Your sewing is such an inspiration 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Meg@Mood - You look lovely and nice job on that top. Timeless style.ReplyCancel

    • Sunni - Thank you Meg! I’m so thrilled that the actually works. Yay!ReplyCancel

  • Sarah - Perhaps it is an unconsious response to your georgious red hair and freckles, but somehow I always think of you as one of the Brittish bloggers, haha. At least once a month since I started reading your blog, you say something about where you live, and I get all confused for a minute before I remember you aren’t! Even when I buy things from your store, the postmark supprises me. No matter where you live, you are one lovely and stylish lady :).ReplyCancel

  • Crystal - A great looking fall outfit!ReplyCancel

  • Ginger - What a sweet outfit! I’m glad you found such a nice way to wear your Renfrew– it’s way too cute to scrap! My mom subscribed to Victoria when I was a kid, too… I used to love looking at it!ReplyCancel

  • Evie - Ok…I give in…I need to get me a Renfrew pattern and some wool knit! This is so chic yet totally wearable. Love it.ReplyCancel

  • Bella - I think you need a couple of corgis & a prince, perhaps?

    You look great; love that look!ReplyCancel

  • Jessica M. - A beautiful handmade outfit! It makes me wish I could take your class!ReplyCancel

  • For the Love of Seam Binding - […] applied it to both of my recent pencil skirt makes – here’s my little plaid number. See? It provides such a nice finished touch. It’s fun to use contrasting colors too! Go a […]ReplyCancel

  • beki - gorgeous outfit! now i’m getting all itchy to sew something 🙂ReplyCancel