After my Ramble last week through peasant blouse looks, I was so ready to cut some fabric! Especially since I've been doing a lot of fooling around this month, and not much sewing. Well, to be honest, I did sew early in the month - two real wadders that will never visit this blog! What a downer!
But I feel better now :-)
Simplicity 3786 is now a favorite - it has so many looks. I used it for my much-loved orange and gold tunic last fall, and I turned to it again for this peasant blouse. This time my starting point was Version D, which has a pintucked bodice, a small gather in the back, and unique two-piece sleeves.
Pretty pintucks, only 1/4" wide. They were the most challenging part of the construction - my fabric wanted to slide away from the needle when I stitched over a dot or embroidery. I sewed them veery slowly!
And such nice sleeves! I like the slight off-shoulder look and the proportion of the upper and lower sleeve. The length is perfect for me and the wristband, which is plain, no elastic, is roomy without gaping.
I put together the sleeves entirely, including finishing, before inserting them in the blouse.
The gather in the back, just above the waistline, is a 6" long attached casing, through which a small elastic is drawn. It's a nice little touch and gives just a hint of shaping to the back view. The upper back is wide and works really well for me - but you might want to measure and adjust this piece so that your armscye stays where it should be.
My fabric was sort of a lucky find - I'm not usually drawn to dotted swiss fabric. But I decided to give it a try when I found this Maggy London dotted swiss at Fabric Mart (online). It is sooo soft, much like a gauze, and has flocked dots and delicate flower embroidery.
I pre-laundered it in the machine with another yardage of plain cotton, then dried them together on low as well. No loose embroidery or lost dots or wrinkles. Having fallen in love with it, from now on I'll wash it inside-out in a lingerie bag :-)
Because the fabric is a bit delicate and semi-sheer, I used french seams everywhere except the sleeve and armhole seams, which are trimmed and overlocked.
I'm happy with this peasant blouse - back on track, mojo working...
Oops, I forgot to mention the pants. They are Marci Tilton's skinny pants - next blog post! They are great....
Gorgeous! I've done a variation of A and your leeves have me inspired to do more!ReplyDelete
Thank you Anne - your blouse was the reason I bought the pattern last year! Do another!Delete
What a gorgeous fresh top! This style certainly suits you...JReplyDelete
Judith, thank you - I admit it does feel 'like me'. Now I'll need more :-)Delete
Very nice and it looks really great on you. Beautiful fabric. Love it!!ReplyDelete
Thanks so much, Beverly!Delete
Nice fabric, and the top turned out well!ReplyDelete
Mary, thank you! I enjoyed your 7 things about you - especially love your love for your husband - so nice and it shows when you blog about him.Delete
This is sooo pretty - I love this pattern too . Love your collar variation as well . I am sure you will get to wear this with so much.ReplyDelete
Thank you, janine! Can you believe Simplicity is taking this pattern out of print?!!Delete
Such a pretty top! The pants look quite nice as well. Looks like you more than made up for your wadders earlier in the month.ReplyDelete
Andrea, you're so right. So weird how a bad sew can really put on off...I moped for days :-)Delete
Very pretty! It looks really nice on you.ReplyDelete
Thank you, shams!Delete
I'm sitting looking out the window as snow is falling and then see you in a beautiful gauzy top and sunshine! Excellent pin tucks - such patience.ReplyDelete
Thanks, Ruth - And I would not mind a bit of quiet falling snow...I miss it every year about this time.Delete
Just gorgeous. I'd love one just like yours!ReplyDelete
Thank you so much, Megan!Delete
I've made this tunic and loved it. Yours is so pretty in white, and love those Bishop sleeves.ReplyDelete
Thank you Gwen - and also for jiggling my memory, I could not remember the term 'Bishop sleeves', was driving me nuts!!Delete
This is beautiful, Coco!ReplyDelete
Sarah, thank you!Delete
Coco it looks like we're both channeling the same semi-sheer, embroidered blouse looks for spring! This one is very pretty. Always love your unique looks and your beautiful settings.ReplyDelete
So true! I was so happy to see your blouse! Unique...Delete
Your blouse is so pretty, and looks so cool and comfortable to wear. And right on trend. I have that pattern in my stash. I have never made it so I was excited to see it can make such a lovely top.ReplyDelete
Thanks, Audrey! I hope you enjoy the pattern - it's a keeper!Delete
WOW!! Your peasant top is absolutely beautiful! I love everything about it :)ReplyDelete
I made this blouse pattern up but yours came out much better than mine - lovelyReplyDelete
Oh, I love it!!!! Perfect floaty top!ReplyDelete
Love your blouse. Wish I could wear this style. Sigh...ReplyDelete