Wednesday, January 02, 2013

FO: My New Year's Day Airelle


Sigh.  I knew I should have waited til they went out.
I woke early on New Year's Day and decided to start 2013 as I mean to go on:  creatively!

So having dealt with washing, breakfast and the dog, I set to work on my second Airelle blouse.  Having made it already, I knew the only thing I wanted to change was the length of the sleeves.  My pheasant print version is a little bit chilly round the arms, so I added 3 inches and carried on as before.

Stats:
Pattern:  Blouse Airelle from Deer and Doe, size 36
Fabric: 1970's brushed cotton, found on ebay.  About 1.7 metres? I thought I had enough to make a dress but I was wrong:  it was narrow.  I only had scraps left after I cut out my blouse.  The collar and cuffs are plum babycord, left over from making a cushion cover a few years ago.  Total cost?  About £8.
Label: The usual!  "I am half agony and half hope" (a quote from Persuasion by Jane Austen) from Scrapiana on Etsy.

Process:
I started work at about 9.30am and was finished by 5pm, with breaks for fruit, coffee and cheese on toast.
I watched the Keira Knightley Pride and Prejudice out of one eye in the afternoon as I stitched.
I had a lovely day!
Scowl. Sorry -  I don't feel as miserable as I look!
Verdict?
As I noticed before, the neckline is quite wide and stands proud of my collarbone, which on reflection is a bit airy in this climate.  But it feels elegant.  I need to get over my fear of draughts (or move house / change job).  And anyway, I always have a scarf or shawl to hand.
I am smiling in this one - honest!
I like the sleeve at this length, though is is somehow less French (I'm not sure why!)
I have high hopes for this blouse:  I think it could become a workwear staple.  The retro fabric is both warm and quirky.  I like the contrasting texture of the collar and cuffs.
It's freezing out here. Can I go indoors now?
The only issue right now is that it doesn't go with many other garments in my wardrobe, and none of them are appropriate for work.  I like it belted with my shorts, but it looks a bit shapeless worn loose over the gold skirt.  It looks good tucked into a high-waisted skirt, but the print clashes with the ones I already own.

I have some aubergine stretch wool ready to sew another pair of Portfolio Pants, and some orange wool crepe to make a skirt - either of those would be great with it.

So come on, Roo - get a move on!

16 comments:

Gail said...

Excellent start to the new year! It's so lovely, and so YOU!

Elise said...

Ooh thats lovely, the colours are so pretty :)

Kirsty said...

Your blouse is lovely and I really must make one of them this year. Are you sure the print clashes with your other high waisted skirt? Print on print, m i g h t work?

Anonymous said...

Since you prefer it belted, why not belt it with the gold skirt? (To my eyes, it looks fine with or without the belt).
-- stashdragon

Judith said...

2013 is off to a great start with this blouse - love the colours. Looks great belted or loose over the top...

Mary in TN said...

I love it with the gold skirt. This top looks great belted or loose. Great way to start 2013.

Minnado said...

Lovely. I like the longer sleeves.What a fab way to have spent New Year's Day. The top photo did make me laugh. :) Xx

Alice said...

Fab top! I like the combination of fabrics you chose. And I really do think it looks great with your skirt, as well as with the shorts.

As for the family getting in on the photo action...well, I often have a blurry eight-year old or a dog's bottom in mine.

Happy new year to you and your family!

Tamsin said...

great blouse - it looks fab with the shorts and the skirt - can you tuck it in to that skirt? Great start to the new year!

Lynne said...

Ooo, this is lovely. I like the fabric, the contrast cuffs and collar, the wide neck and the sleeves. Definately a productive day!

rosyragpatch said...

Lovely fabric, lovely blouse! You made a great start to the new year.

Sabs said...

It's such a lovely coloured fabric! Why don't you try tucking it in to the gold skirt? That way it'll look more fitted/shapely and the two garments will coordinate really nicely. I think I may very well have to get the pattern based on your two blouses...

Scruffybadger said...

This is such a fabulous 2013 blouse!! I love it as much as your first - so stylish & full of character (just like you!!)
I think you need a mini skirt to go with it too.....;-)

jessica said...

Lovely! What a glorious way to spend the very first day of the new year. I definitely see what you mean about work wardrobe potential, though I confess I am more conservative than you and would think about a brown skirt, or the orange crepe in a conservative cut. However! That's one reason I love your style, because it pushes me to think more adventurously :-). I also wanted to tell you, that you have single handedly convinced me to get this pattern once it is released in English.

Like Debbie, I also laughed when I saw the first photo (and your caption). FL isn't craving some screen time on your blog, is he? :-P.

acharmofmagpies said...

So fantastically Rooish! This is beautiful and it looks great on you. I'm sure you'll make some beautiful partners to go with it and I can't wait to see them.

That first photo is hilarious :)

Anonymous said...

WOW! So nice to see another yarn lover! Awesome sunset photos. Stay creative and never doubt that your style is COOL.