Blue Paradise

So, I’ve been on holiday for a month, almost a month ago now (where did the time go?!), and come back to find two allotments needing lots of care and attention, a backlog of sewing projects and a mountain of fabric purchased while on holiday to wash and iron.  And allocate to future projects.  So what do you do?  You go gardening!  One thing that will not wait, is the allotment.  Weather permitting, that’s where I needed to be, but I was desperate to get back to my sewing, just needed to pick a project to start.

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Butterick 5487 cowl drape cami in silk

As it just so happened, that first project was something for Daughter No1.  She had a wedding to go to, (a family member of her partner) had a fabulous pair of tropical print wide leg pants, but no top to wear with them.  So I dug through the stash, I had a feeling a silk cowl drape cami would do the trick!  Originally on seeing the pants, I thought a gorgeous coral satin back crepe would look fabulous, but despite trawlling numerous shops, we couldn’t find anything, and I had no time to look for fabric, buy it and still wait for delivery.

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Nice simple back

In the end, the stash came up trumps.  I had just the right coloured blue silk, it was approved and I set to work.  The pattern is Butterick 5487 (from the 90s),  I’m sure you could find a copy of it on Ebay or Etsy.  Going by the bust measurements, and the finished measurements, I cut the 10 with no adjustments apart from shortening the length on Daughter No1’s request.

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Some close up details

The cami is cut on the bias and has armhole and back facing pieces seperate. The straps are cut on the straight.  Gill Arnold’s black fine sheer polyester fusible interfacing was used on the facing pieces.  The cami was sewn with French Seams, makes it all nice and neat inside, and really doesn’t take long with just two seams!  It looks brilliant, the colour goes well with the pants and I’m sure she’ll look fabulous on the day.

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I’d rather fancy some of that fabric the pants are made from!

Now that I’ve got my feet wet again, it’s time to get cracking on that stash again, isn’t it…  Or better still, make up a pattern I cut out before going away, but ran out of time to make to take!

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P.S. As it turns out, she got cold feet about wearing a cami as a top and went in a navy jumpsuit.  Ah well, at least there’s an option in the wardrobe for another occasion!

Author: Anne W

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

7 thoughts on “Blue Paradise”

  1. Ah, sad! That outfit looks lovely – but it’s been cold recently and maybe the jumpsuit was a warmer option.
    I hope you aren’t getting to cold and wet on your allotments 😐

      1. Oh dear. It will allegedly be summer sometime before October. Hope it warns up well before then – although I have turned my heating back on ! 🙄

      2. I had mine on yesterday, trying to resist it today, but I have to admit to being slightly cold in my sewing room! Not like last summer…🤔

  2. Welcome back, Anne! Love this fluid front and found the pattern on etsy. Have a certain knit demanding this neckline, and thank you for making & blogging! Sorry you’ve so much drudge work at the allotments, and in such weather. Brr!

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