June 13, 2012 by Janna Roznos
This is one of those projects that was to fun to sew. The anchor buttons were the inspiration.
The buttons came from a local estate sale. I sifted through these two huge bins of buttons and picked out all the anchor buttons. Half of which I gave to a friend who loves anchors and has an Etsy shop where she sells all things with anchors.
I really wanted a cotton blouse were I could use these anchor buttons so I went off to JoAnn’s to find some nice shirting material and I stumbled upon this blue & white anchor themed seersucker fabric. And what really sealed the deal: 50% fabric coupon! Blue & white seersucker really isn’t my color (I am more of an earth tone person), but any doubts I may have had were soon shoved aside.
I chose this particular blouse no. 104
from the May 2012 edition of Burda Style Magazine
that I thought would be the best fusion between fabric and design and buttons!
I made up quick muslin of the blouse and it fit pretty well except for around my middle (too many brownies!) so I sewed the blouse with a shallower body dart then what the pattern prescribes.
I also added a sleeve placket on the sleeve vents. Burda instructions just cite the little bias strip.
The blouse went tougher pretty fast and this seersucker material was great to work with. I think it is probably a cotton blend of some sort but I forgot to note the fabric content on the end of the bolt. But the fabric does laundry very nicely.
This blouse pattern is a real winner and I may make it again, but not with anchors and schooner wheels!