“Oh! A top with flowers”… my partner exclaimed when presented with this blouse.” But you don’t really do flowers…”
And it’s true. I don’t. Normally. Yet when I saw this fabric, a light and fresh cotton batiste it screamed of spring and pretty things. There was still snow on the ground then, but today it feel like a good day to share this without feeling spring will be jinxed and forever banished from Canada.
In a recent post, Portia was writing how sewing enables us to adapt trends (or in this case things that inspire us) and make them work for us. I like that.
And I like how this blouse looks. It’s one of the few self-drafted patterns I that looks exactly like what I wanted. I even did a muslin for this. The construction is simple: a darted bodice that flares a bit from the waist down. The peplum is created with a few rows of shirring. The sleeves are set in and end just above the elbow. The neck opening is large enough to make any zippers or buttons unnecessary, which is a kind of simplicity I really like.
I initially went for 3/4 sleeves, but they didn’t balance well the bodice. It looked strange. Now looking at the photos I am wondering whether the blouse would look better with shorter sleeves… any suggestions?
Sewing pattern: self-drafted
Things I wish I’d done differently: I could have made it a few centimetres longer.
Fabric: Cotton batiste, 1m 14 CAD
No notions, thread from my stash.
Final cost = 14 CAD