Happy Friday + Sashiko Sailor Collar Pullover + Lucky Skirt (Culotte)

Happy Friday! I am so smitten with this Sailor Collar Pullover embellished with sashiko stitches. I used silver embroidery floss for a little bling around the collar and pockets, and love the subtle glitz it gives the charcoal grey linen top. The pattern is from the tried-and-true book (I am going to make every single pattern!). I really took my time with this pullover and I’m really proud of it. I am gaga over everything, but the angled pockets and leather buttons are high up on the list of things I love about this top.

And how cheerful is that green flounciness? A perfect pick-me-up for the ever increasingly grey Pacific Northwest weather. K calls it her “lucky skirt” because it makes her think of four-leaf clovers. It’s actually a culotte, from a bygone era: shorts that look like a skirt. Genius! Made out of Japanese double-gauze, it’s soothingly soft. Pattern from this other book, but frankly, these are so easy to make, you hardly need a pattern.

I have to talk a little about those amazing boots, which are obviously ginormous on K because they are mine. They are from Cydwoq, and retails for close to $500. I found them at an end-0f-summer sale marked down to $70 a few years ago. The craftsmanship is impeccable. The pricing, unbeatable. And they are size 37, exactly my size! …the catch? I can’t zip them up. I thought the stiff leather just needed to be broken in, but unfortunately, that hasn’t been the case. The ankles are achingly tight and try as I might, I haven’t been able to slide the zippers all the way…so sad. But because they’re so beautiful and because I hold onto the hope that I will miraculously have thinner ankles and lower calves, I keep them nestled in my closet. Maybe they will fit K one day.

We had a fun photoshoot:

Have a lovely weekend, friends! I leave you with some detail shots:

13 thoughts on “Happy Friday + Sashiko Sailor Collar Pullover + Lucky Skirt (Culotte)

  1. Beautiful! I’m going to have to get that book now, lol. I actually have a pair of Cydwoq shoes that I purchased probably 8 years ago now and that are still in great shape. I love love them. Too bad you can’t wear the boots. Have you thought about seeing if you could have them altered? They are too beautiful to sit in a closet!

    1. You’re right, Robin – I should see if it can be stretched out a little. I don’t know why that didn’t occur to me! I just lamented being cursed with fat ankles πŸ™‚

  2. $70 for the boots?!? What a steal. Even if you can’t wear them, maybe K will be the lucky one to fit into it… like Cinderella! I love detail stitching on the jacket and the fabric… perfect! Double gauze feels sooo yummy and the more you wash and wear, the more delicious it becomes. Great job, Sanae.

  3. I totally agree with the love of fine details – especially ones which are simple like a little addition of sashimi. The leather buttons are just beautiful and make it a definite winter item.

    I always have problems with boots, and sat stretching out the tops of one pair recently with the end of a broom – gently massaging the leather out where it needed to be. It’s what the boot repairers will do as well [I used to sell shoes]. So try that first – it looks like supple leather so should hold easily. it would be such a shame not to wear such a great find!!!

  4. gasp! That pullover top is so, so stunning! I find Japanese sewing patterns lend themselves to the aesthetic of linen so well, and this is a great example of just that! Great addition of the silver embroidery:) Thanks for sharing this latest beautiful outfit!

  5. gorgeous outfit! I love that skirt…thinking i need to try that style out for my daughter.
    what a shame about the boots–i can semi-relate. my sister-in-law gave me a pair of gorgeous Frye boots and they were just barely too small. i had to give them to my fashion saavy friend who was overjoyed…now if only a perfect pair would just fall into my lap!
    good luck with stretching!

    1. Ooooh, I dream of owning a pair of Frye boots one day! I have been working on stretching my boots, and it’s almost there. I can zip them up! But the ankle part is still digging in painfully. Definite progress, tho!

  6. oh how i love this! all of it! and K wears it all so beautifully! i have spent the morning going through your archives in complete awe and dreaming that maybe you got my name in the swap. a girl can dream, right? πŸ™‚

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