Typical: just in time for the days to be shorter, the temperatures cooler, and with all signs pointing squarely toward autumn, I’ve finished a rather summer-appropriate blouse for myself.
I had bought this fabric oh, ages and ages ago, and had in fact sewn myself a little wiggle dress from it, complete with co-ordinating piping and (mostly) hidden side zip, but when I came across the rest of it in my stash, I decided I needed to do something else with it. Enter Simplicity 7086, View E. Nothing demands a tie-front blouse quite like tiki pin-up girls.
I deliberately left the darts out to make it a little more boxy – since the front tie means it comes up a little shorter than some blouses, I didn’t want it to be too close and prone to creeping up, and find that the more flowy silhouette complements the length nicely. Also, although you can’t tell from the photo, I made that collar my b…, I mean, my slave. For a pattern named Simplicity, the collar instructions were (bad word) convoluted. I looked at them, asked my mother’s advice, and even checked with my dad in case he saw something in them that I was missing. Nope. So, I modified it just a wee bit, but you’d never know; it looks just fine on. (Does anyone else have this problem with collars? Or am I forever doomed to a life of sewing nothing but collarless pajama-style tops?)
I think I have enough fabric to maybe fashion a circle skirt of sorts, if I don’t mind cutting panels instead of one big piece…sort of a modern take on the vintage playsuit. Well, there’s always next summer…
Thanks for looking! 🙂