Saturday, April 06, 2013

FO: Deer & Doe Datura Blouse, A Little Bit Country

Oh hello - I've seen that fabric somewhere before haven't I?
 But it's looking a little bit different this time around!

 Stats:
Pattern:  Datura Blouse from Deer& Doe, size 34.
Fabric: "Vintage" floral brushed cotton, salvaged from my unfortunate 70's smock; plus about 30cm of orange and white striped seersucker.
Other:  3 orange buttons (ebay) and orange bias binding (ebay)
 Process:
One glance at the front bodice piece and I knew I would have to narrow the darts: they were built for a busty gal, and that's not me! Remembering the adjustments I made to my second Darling Ranges dress, I chose to make the smallest size and halved the spread of the bust darts.

If you do this, you have to remember it changes the length of the front piece and the back has to be cut to match.  No, of course I didn't remember...but I will next time!
I really like the way the collar is made, even though it took up all the fabric from the sleeves of the first blouse.
Yeah...it's a bit of a fabric-guzzler for a sleeveless top.
That upper bodice is fully lined, back and front. 
So even though my floral fabric was heavier than the seersucker, by the time I lined the upper part, they were fairly evenly balanced.  You need to think about that when you are choosing your materials.
I love the attention to detail in the way it is put together.  It makes for a very neat finish, inside and out.

It is graded "Advanced" and I think that is fair. It's not enormously difficult, if you know what you are doing, but does assume a certain level of experience.  A beginner would definitely require a few more diagrams to make sense of the instructions, particularly around the shoulders.

The bias binding at the hem should have been home-made, but I didn't have enough fabric, so used shop-bought.
Verdict?
Apologies for blinding you with my day-glo-white arms!  They haven't seen the light of day for a year, if not two.

And that, right there, is my biggest issue with this blouse.  It fits me really well.  There is no gape-age across the front chest. It is nice and neat under the arms with no embarrassing bra-flash back or front. It is a really cute style.
But...
When is it ever going to be warm enough in Aberdeenshire for me to wear a sleeveless top?!
I think the only thing I can do is to make / buy a metric tonne of cardigan-age.  Because I want more of these tops in my life.
This was intended as a wearable muslin, and wear it I will!
I have some beautiful taupe silk/cotton mix and a fine printed voile, both of which are crying out to become Datura blouses, yardage permitting... so watch this space!

21 comments:

Sabs said...

This looks really cute, much much MUCH better than the smock (sorry!) I love the colours. I'd never have been brave enough to put stripes with floral but it works really well so I might give it a go myself! And the cut of the Datura really suits you so I'm wishing you some Scottish sun...

Debi said...

Roo, this is great!! Love the mix of fabrics!! I'm with you though...when will we get short sleeve weather??

sophie (monbouton) said...

Yeay your blouse looks great!! I'm afraid you're right: cardigans will be mandatory :)
I've just started cutting the same blouse but with the triangle openings (I'm not too fond of the peter pan collar on me), I hope it works well! When I first looked at the enveloppe I was very surprised to see it required 1,60 m for a sleeveless top - but then I too saw that the top part is entirely lined. At least it means we can use see-through fabric without worrying!

bloglessanna said...

A great re-use of that gorgeous fabric. And I love how you mixed it with the stripes. Simply stunning.

Caffy Bundy said...

Really nice for Spring! I love D&D at the moment... they're very sewing blog fashionable at the moment, too :D


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Lynne said...

I love that collar, and the buttons are a great detail. I am nodding vigorously about the no sleeves! They're a bit pointless in Belfast too.

brooke said...

Love it! Is it sacrilege to suggest throwing some sleeves on the pattern. I have a terrible time fitting my small bust so thanks for info on the retro-fitting of the pattern. It looks great.

Myrna said...

I'd add sleeves. We might not want bare arms but we don't always want to wear a cardigan either.

Stevie said...

I've been dying to get this pattern! I'd love to try the cut out version. It looks fab on you Roo! x

Paula said...

You could try wearing it over a long sleeve tee-shirt - I do that a lot with the Wiksten Tanks I've made.

Tania said...

Love it! How about trying the Sureau sleeves?

Sherral said...

Adorable!

Mary in TN said...

I love it!!!

Scruffybadger said...

Ooh, Roo, love that you've made the Datura this way, and to see you wearing it also shows what a great cut it is. Useful tips on fabric too, because yippee mines arrived too!!
And that there's both a French and English instructions book was an unexpected bonus for me too ! Look forward to Datura no. 2

jessica said...

Damnit Roo, would you stop making the Deer&Doe patterns look so good??? Curses, woman! Love your choice of prints (and nice save on the fabric! Sweet!), those orange buttons up the back are perfect.

Ugh, definitely hear you on the whole, "knitting work appropriate stuff is not fun, but it's what I live in!" conundrum. Purchasing a cardigan or two might be a sanity saver and therefore worthwhile :-). I've seen some mods on the Renfrew into a cardigan, if that's your cup of tea ...

Helen said...

I love this - great combination of prints and a good recycle of your 70's smock. And, yes I think cardigans are the way to go. That's pretty much the same here in Edinburgh!

acharmofmagpies said...

Nice rescue of a gorgeous print! See, knew you'd do it.

shivani said...

What an excellent save! I love this blouse - great combination of fabrics. I bought this pattern and was surprised that it uses so much fabric - I was hoping to squeeze it out of 1m, but it seems not. Looking forward to seeing some more of these!

sylkotwist said...

Lovely make Roo, I can see you making lots of these and adding sleeves!

Marina K. said...

This is so cute—I love the floral/stripe combo. I have my Datura all cut out but haven't started sewing yet because I can't for the life of me understand the directions for joining the shoulder seams. Any tips? Thank you!

Roobeedoo said...

Marina K - I don't think I exactly followed the instructions for that part I just did what worked... that's not very helpful is it?! I remember being slightly confused and shrugging and getting on with it...