Look Ma, I’m Wearing a Print!

It's a print!
It’s a print!

I’ve finished another self-drafted blouse!  I really needed more tops & blouses, Me-Made-May has shown that pretty clearly!  I have enjoyed it so far, especially showing off what Daughter No2 has in her wardrobe, but I’m having to repeat stuff.

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I used some of the pieces from the Midnight Blues blouse for this.  The back yoke & collar, neckline and front bands are the same.  The fabric I finally chose is a Liberty City Poplin.  It is pretty sturdy and very crisp, so perfectly suited to a more structured style.  I love the colours, the flowers are off-white and the ground is a blue-grey.  The pattern has alternating bands of small & larger flowers, so I lay the pattern pieces so that the smaller flowers lined up with the waistline.  The hope is that it looks like I have more shape in that area – not sure if that’s worked!

Front details
Front details

The front has a yoke at the shoulder that the bodice gathers into.  I converted the large shoulder bust dart into 3 areas, first the gathers at the yoke, then a 5cm underarm dart & the remainder went into the waist dart.  This was sewn as a dart tuck instead of a full double point dart.  I wanted more of a relaxed look, this fabric is quite sturdy, and while that lends itself to a more structured style, I wanted to be able to relax in it!

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The back also has a yoke, but there are no gathers here this time.  A central back panel & two side panels  make for a fitted look, something you need when using a sturdier fabric.  This stuff does not drape!  I curved the hem a little more than I have on previous patterns, mostly because it was going to be closer fitting.

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I love how the blouse looks with my dyed linen trousers, it also looks good with jeans but slightly all too pale with light linen.  Perhaps I just need more summer, that’s when the pale colours work!  I recon this is a good pattern, now I have another two still to toile, not to mention all sorts of other things to make.

I want to take part in the Sew Indie Month & have ordered the Snowball dress by Waffle Patterns (they’re a new one to me, but I love this dress!) which I’ll make for daughter No2, and the Carme blouse by Pauline Alice, which has had a fair bit of coverage on the internet.  Best I get cracking!  🙂

Author: Anne W

I love fabric, and sewing. And I could do nothing else but sew, all day, every day, if I could!

16 thoughts on “Look Ma, I’m Wearing a Print!”

  1. Your blouse is so pretty. I love your placement with the smaller flowers at the waistline, a beautiful subtle detail (and very shapely). I must admit that I was slightly disappointed that this was self drafted – I want one!

  2. I like this a lot. The print is subtle and the small collar isn’t as overwhelming as a standard blouse collar can be.

    1. Thanks Gail, I did wonder if it was too “straight”, and that possibly this time it could have done with being more rounded. Next time maybe.. 😉

  3. Lovely blouse! The fabric is gorgeous and you’ve done such a great job with shaping. Looks great.

  4. oh, and by the by, your daughter is going to look spectacular in that Snowball dress! I think it suits her type and shape exceptionally well!

  5. Amazing job on the blouse drafting, it is beautiful on you. I have realized I need more tops through MMM, I have a bit too many dressy items that don’t work for my day-to-day life. I recently found your blog and really enjoy all garments.

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