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.
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!
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!
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.
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! 🙂