Pattern: The blouse on page 82 of Female Spring 2012, size M
Fabric: 2 metres of very fine silky-feeling cotton from Croft Mill a year or so ago, approx £6 per metre
Other: Vintage Schwanda "Ocean Pearl" buttons from Clover Crafts and Curios on eebaay; interfacing for front bands, collar and cuffs; thread.
This was a trace-and-sew Japanese pattern with very clear diagrams showing you how it all fits together. If you've ever used a Burdastyle magazine successfully you have the necessary skills / experience to sew this blouse.
The batwing sleeve construction was really interesting: you sew the shoulder seam down the arm, then attach the sides of the sleeves to the side fronts, sewing from the front bottom hem over the shoulder to the back bottom hem. Then you flip it round and sew the under-arm seams, aligning them to the pre-hemmed front and back body pieces. Genius!
|No, I don't know what I was doing either.|
Hmmm - maybe this is why Japanese pattern books provide illustrations instead of long-winded instructions!
I took my time and sewed it little by little across the past week. I got through an enormous amount of thread, as there are double-rows of gathers everywhere: back and front yokes, shoulders and cuffs.
I was very pleased with my buttonholes until I realised my chosen buttons didn't go through. Luckily I had these in the button box from a previous eebaay splurge.
This is a totally new style for me.
There is something kimono-like in the way the finished garment hangs.
FL says it's a maternity dress. Thanks, darling! But we both agree it is a remarkably neat fit around the neck and shoulders for such a billowing garment.
It would make a beautiful bed-jacket if you are looking for something a bit different for a pyjama party!
It seems to bring out my silly side. Inhibitions? What are they?
|Compulsory back view, with extra wingspan|
Oh yes - when will I wear it?
It is definitely not the first thing I would reach for if I had a meeting with the Big Boss. I might consider wearing it if I was delivering training to colleagues with a proven sense of humour... though I would have to tone down the bottom half a few notches!
|Yes, I am going grey, thank you ;)|
Which I think brings me to the conclusion that this is a "going out" top that I will keep in my wardrobe for those extremely-rare but not entirely non-existent evening-invitation occasions when I tend to panic about having nothing suitable to wear.
I have something now! And if I keep my arms by my sides it might even come across as quite... demure?
Yay! I filled a gap in my wardrobe without even planning it!