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Friday, August 11, 2017

· Cornflower Blue ·


A couple years ago, JoAnns carried a few lines of fabrics from Denise Schmidt that I was absolutely smitten with!  I made sure to snatch them up when I saw them on clearance, but, as in the case with this blouse- there was frequently only a yard or so left.  Perfect opportunity for a blouse!


I was inspired by a cute blouse from a movie set in the 1950s and I decided to use my trusty kimono-sleeve bodice sloper as the base.  Well, I'm not sure what the issues were... but man. This was one stinker of a project.  My basic pattern did not work AT ALL but I'm not one to give up without a major fight.  I beat it into submission and it's still not awesome... but it's passable. Good thing it has cute details and is fabric I love. ;-)



Target had the cutest flats this spring and I've been tickled pink with how well this color fits into my work wardrobe as well!
The blouse closes at the side with snaps.  I have been using zippers at the side of blouses without center front openings, but I'm not always sold on that- they can get so bulky feeling and the zipper pull can tend to be lumpy under skirts.  I decided to take a page out of pre-1940s sewing and try out a snap placket and it's been great!  I used snaps on a heavier-weight blouse as well, but that was a dismal failure.... so I still don't have a favorite method, haha!




I talked more in detail about this skirt over here- happy to have another blouse to wear with it!


The "bow" on this blouse is just a strip of fabric pinched in by a fabric tube in the middle.  I sewed the ends of the bow to the blouse, but left the sides free to keep the 3D effect.


Buttons on the shoulder add a fun touch and a little something to set it apart. Part of my woes with this blouse involved too little overlap and various other shoulder issues.  A few tweaks mid-project and a little extra grace.... and I'm safely to the other side and successful! ;-)

Do you find that you frequently change gears due to necessity?  I seem to have this happen to greater or lesser extent, but I think it's one of the reasons I love sewing- overcoming difficulties, challenges, and puzzles is right up my alley!  I usually find that I'm happier with the result than the initial idea as well!

· photos by the ever-amazing Kathryn! ·

9 comments:

  1. I love your blouse - such gorgeous colours and design.

    It tones well with your skirt - pockets in skirts are so useful so few of mine have them and I do miss pockets when I change from trousers into a skirt.

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  2. Such a gorgeous outfit!!!!! Absolutely love the blouse for sure - however much of a pain it was to make, it was worth it, because it's lovely!

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  3. What a darling top! Both the print and its cut! I love the gather at the neckline too!

    xoxo
    -Janey

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  4. Even if there were major issues during sewing the blouse, it is beautiful. And goes perfect with the skirt. And the buttons and the bow are sweet details

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  5. I love the fabric and the details. That is one things I really love about vintage styles, all the neckline options. I can hardly find that in clothes now.

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  6. I don't think I have ever had a project go perfectly as planned- overcoming challenges really is a part of sewing for oneself I think. I love this outfit of yours- the blouse is lovely (I really like that floral) but I am seriously in love with your skirt!!! It is the perfect shade of green, and pockets too!

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  7. This is such a gorgeous blouse, I love the buttons at the shoulders.

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  8. What a gorgeous outfit. I love everything about this outfit.
    Marilyn

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