January 15, 2013 by Janna Roznos
A few things that I look forward to every year:
The warm colors of autumn:
The trees (at least a few) turn colour –Yep, even in southern California.
But mostly, I like a nice linen fabric that is soft to the touch, launders well and is orange (one of my favorites).
And a stylish blouse:
This blouse with its gathered front has a little bit of a vintage/retro design that I liked – that, and no collar, which I thought would be a different look for me.
This fabric came from Marcy Tilton’s website. I don’t buy much fabric from internet sites, because I am old school: I need to feel the fabric to see if I want to buy it or not. And, although most internet sites have a swatch service order, it just isn’t the same as unrolling a yard (or two) from the bolt and seeing how it drapes and feels in my hand.
A few changes I made to the pattern: I omitted the body darts (front and back) and instead added a center back seam (for a sway back) and shaped the side seams.
On the sleeve I added a sleeve placket instead of the bias stripe to finish off the sleeve vent. This takes a little bit more time, but I like the finished look of a sleeve placket.
The buttons are from my stash. I have absolutely no idea where I got them and I think may have already used them on another shirt that I wore and have since sent on to the rag bag.
I sewed the 44, but next time I think I will drop down a size. I have worn this blouse several times and I feel that it is tad too big in the shoulders. So, I have been wearing as a light weight shirt jacket over a T-shirt, which works for our southern California fall weather, but not for our winter weather, which we are having now.
Ironically, I violated my number one sewing rule: Always make muslin! I didn’t make on for this blouse but just traced out the pattern and carefully pinned it together and tried it one. I think if I had sewn a muslin, I would have realized that it the blouse was too big for me and would have gone down a size; hence, make the muslin!
And, of course, the ultimate disclaimer here: no picture of me in the blouse.