J'ai fini coudre la blouse Airelle.
Le tissu est imprime avec les faisans et je suis une paysanne. Je ne peux pas resister a jouer avec les mots!
I finished sewing my Airelle Blouse.
The fabric is printed with pheasants and I am a peasant. I cannot resist playing with words!
The Airelle is very versatile and can be worn in many ways:
Innocent log-gathering style.
Cheeky leaf-kicking style.
Pattern: Deer & Doe Blouse Airelle , size 36
Fabric: Vintage Viyella wool / cotton mix, 1 metre of pheasant print, 80cm of navy / white pin dot, both from the same seller on ebay. Total cost = £12.65
Other: Interfacing for collar and cuffs, thread - all from stash.
I cut out the size I thought would fit and it does. It is possibly a little wide across the front neck, but I like it. There is no strap-exposure, which would be the only worry.
I used pheasant-print for the body and cuffs and dot-print for the sleeves and collar. This was the only combination I could make work with the available fabric.
There was no instruction to gather the sleeve-tops but I found it necessary to make them fit.
And I decided to sandwich the sleeve edges into the cuffs rather than leaving a visible seam.
Other than that? Sewn as written.
I was slightly worried that the print was too "hunting, shooting, fishing" and I kept wondering if my remnant fabrics had another life as a pair of Hooray Hamish's pyjamas.
So I decided to try out a few different outfits. I like it best with the shorts and a narrow belt.
And it works well with the gold cord skirt too. They balance each other well.
But the tweedy skirt may be too conservative. I am straying into Royal Deeside with that look.
I am a Donside girl!
(For those who don't know, Aberdeen is built between two rivers: the Dee and the Don. The Dee to the South is where the Queen lives. The Don to the North is where I live. I am a peasant.)