Since I first saw the Yves Saint Laurent + Halston Exhibit back in February I’ve been dreaming of sewing up a YSL Creation of my own. I fell for this elegant tunic, sash and slim pant as soon as I saw the line art on the cover of Yves Saint Laurent’s V2180. I bought this out of print Vogue Paris Original on Etsy from Chloe’s Closet which has a huge selection of Vintage Patterns. My vision was to make this out of a light and airy fabric perfect for the heat of our Florida summers.
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The fabric is a luscious organic cotton batiste. For this season’s make for Organic Cottons Plus (affiliate link) I wanted to try out a fabric I hadn’t used before. This Batiste is lightweight and almost sheer which makes it perfect for our climate here in Florida. I used two layers for the pants (sewn as one) to make them more opaque and left the sheerness for the jacket which has its own interior facing. I also dyed the pants a soft mauve grey to mimic the inspiration drawing on the pattern. This fabric was so lovely to work with and pressed beautifully. Airy but still easy to sew up. Perfect combo!
YSL Vogue Paris Original V2180
Fabric + Notions:
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- Organic Cotton Batiste: 6 yds of OEKO-TEX standard 100 Certified Eco Friendly and Sustainable. Made in India. Pre-shrunk to 3-5%. Bleached with GOTS-approved hydrogen peroxide.
- Organic Natural Zipper, 22″ Cut to fit
- Organic Cotton White Thread
- Organic Polished River Shell Buttons, 3
- I achieved a soft mauve grey on the pants using Pomegranate, Cutch and Iron (no mordant) leftover from Aquarelle Liquid Dye Kit, Botanical Colors.
I love sewing from Vogue Patterns- I learn a new technique every time I make one of the designer patterns. This pattern has a beautifully designed interior facing made in two parts as well as lovely mitered vents on the sides. The back also has a center seam with a pleat added on the interior facing for ease of movement. I cut this in a straight 16 (38-30-40). I was taking no chances on the sizing. I find the vintage patterns tend to be more true to actual measurements then some of the newer patterns.
The jacket fit was great as is. For the pant I compared the pattern first to my sloper and only needed to shave off a tiny sliver from the crotch. The fit on these pants are amazing! Especially considering I didn’t make a muslin first. I wasn’t sure at first about this slim fit and high waist but I think they look fantastic! The pockets are perfect and the silhouette is so slimming and elegant. I love the darts for added shaping.
The only issue I had was the length of the zipper on the pattern. It extends very far down and is really not necessary. I’ll alter it next time to a much shorter length and redo the placket by hand on this pair. I went for a more couture finish on these pants with a snap and two hand sewn chain bars and hooks for the waist closure.
The finishing on the jacket features invisible hand sewn hems on the pants and sleeves as well as sewn in shoulder pads. I thought I’d leave them off at first but the really are needed to square out the shoulder and maintain the silhouette on this pattern. Once I put them in it fit perfectly.
I love that this outfit will be so versatile. I’m thinking the jacket will look great with jeans in the fall and the pants will go with so much I’ve already sewn in my wardrobe. I’m so happy with how the dyeing turned out. I looked through some of my dye books for ideas on getting the color I wanted when I ran across this post from Folk Fibers and loved the results from using no mordant. I used what was leftover from my Aquarelle Dye Kit, a batch of pomegranate liquid dye, some cutch and iron. Probably my simplest dye process yet.
I found the most beautiful background in my own backyard. It’s amazing how different the landscape is from one coast to the other. It’s so lush here in Plantation. Shade everywhere! Plus we get the most amazing breezes from the ocean which makes such a difference to the heat of summer. We were back in Estero last week for the 4th of July visiting our parents and were shocked at how hot it was in comparison. We’re really loving our new home!
8 responses to “Yves Saint Laurent V2180 in Organic Cotton Batiste”
Beautiful work! I love the classic lines of the design. You are amazing, getting such a perfect result dying fabric! What a lovely color! Does the fabric have any stretch? I struggle with what fabric to use to make slacks. I love to work with and wear natural fibers like linen and cotton and silk of course. But for pants I want something that’s not too sheer and not too stiff, and not too wrinkly, or clingy… Anyway congratulations on another amazing outfit! Looks great in your tropical paradise!
Thanks so much Laura Jane! I was really lucky with the dyeing- it really is hard to get even color. The fabric doesn’t have any stretch but is really soft and comfortable. With the double layer the weight was perfect and opaque-even when it was the original white. I wore it all day with very little wrinkling too. Thanks again! :)
Tres Chic! YSL would be so happy. The grey pants are divine and so sleek with the white shell. So right for your tropically planted yard. It looks like you can float through Summer!
Thanks Mom! :) I love how this outfit turned out- the dye made the whole look come together!
stunning make – love the crisp finish! it looks great on you
Thanks so much! :)
This is a such a lovely outfit Rebecca! You are an expert hand with natural fibers, for sure! The dye job is superb…subtle, but even rich colouration! I’d love to get into dying fabric, but just haven’t found the time. I remember tie dying t-shirts back when I was a kiddo.
Thanks Sue! I really love sewing with natural fibers best- they just feel so lovely. I’m so happy to get back into dyeing myself. I haven’t done much this year since we were in the process of moving but it’s so much fun. You should definitely give it a try!