April 8, 2013 by Janna Roznos
The blue and white garments just seem to melt the winter doldrums and proclaim spring is finally here – even if the weather outside may say otherwise. As usual – at least for me – I had a difficult time deciding on which garment to sew.
My first choice was this maxi dress.
Although, I seldom, if ever, where dresses much anymore, so I set this one aside. My next choice was this blouse:
I like the neckline on this blouse, but there is absolutely no possible way I would ever wear a blouse tied up at my midriff. So I just redrafted the blouse front.
Yuck! I still didn’t like the blouse. It was just too tight and I really don’t like real tight clothes. I need a bit more wiggle room than most, I suppose.
So I opted for this blouse.
Pretty much, just a basic blouse.
The fabric came from my stash. I have a love affair with polka dots. So don’t be surprised if more polka dot blouses show up on this blog.
I purchased this fabric from Marcy Tilton’s website some time ago. I have found that I like ‘window shopping’ for fabric on the internet but more often than not, I am disappointed in the fabric that I have purchased from internet sources. This fabric is no exception. I think if I had seen this in a fabric store I would have definitely looked at it. But, I think once I touched it and rolled some of it off the bolt and saw how it draped, I probably would have passed on it. Hence, why I am no longer buying fabric on line!
With that said, I really didn’t have enough of this fabric for this blouse, so I had to really squeeze the pattern pieces in and as such I wasn’t able to match the polka dots along the center front, nor the pockets.
I did add yoke in the back since I have a rounded back and I can get a better fit, but I wasn’t able to match the dots. Oops!
I did add sleeve plackets to the design and I was able to salvage enough scraps to piece together a strip of fabric to ruffle which I added in the neckline.
I also went ahead and made this garment without a muslin. No muslin usually spells trouble for me, but this time the basic tissue fitting worked only because this blouse is somewhat boxy and falls almost straight from the shoulders.
And finally, I never write up a review until I have an opportunity to actually wear the garment. Every garment looks great on my dress form even the wadders!
I think the real test of a garment is how well it fits as I go about my day – even if my day doesn’t encompasses that much.
And, now that I have had a chance to wear the blouse . . . I like it. The style is comfortable for me. The fabric, which at first I didn’t really like, but now I do. It is a very nice and cool and crisp cotton lawn. The polka dots – which drew me to the fabric in the first place, are quite large but I suppose the design will grow on me over time. I think this blouse will work well into my ever changing wardrobe. And, it is good that the fabric I bought on whim I am actually using – rather than passing it on to the charity shop.
So another Burda milestone met for me. I wouldn’t be able to accomplish this step in my quest without my ever faithful sewing assistants:
Now, if those darn cats could just show me what I did wrong on my new computer – life would be grand!