The ‘Faux Wrap Blouse’ outfits | Debi Fry
Fabric: 4 pillowcases–2 for each blouse (yes! I made two blouses this week), 1.5 metres of lime green crepe back satin (all of these from my fabric stash!!!) approx: £5 total
Pattern: Idea/inspiration from Simplicity 7760, skirt from McCall 3968
Year: c. 1968 for wrap blouse and 1940 for skirt
Notions: 3.5 metres x 2 of yellow trim £5
Time to complete: 8 hours for two blouses and one skirt
Wear again? Yes….the blouses go great under sweaters! I need to fix the hem of the skirt but other than that I love it!!
Total Cost: ~£10
I really had no idea what to make for this challenge. Luckily when I was out at a charity shop with my niece, I came across Simplicity 7760, a pattern from 1968 for a wrap blouse and dress:
Perfect, I thought! I’ll just make a wrap tunic blouse. As I unfolded the pattern the main piece was ridiculously large requiring me to unpick the pillowcase and probably add a seam down the back. Then I started thinking, wouldn’t it be great to use all the seams already in the pillowcase and make a faux wrap blouse? Would that be possible? I’ve been soooooo longing for a simple/easy project that I jumped at the chance to give it a try.
Enter pillowcase set #1: bright yellow and sunny
So, it’s a faux wrap blouse because I actually slip this over my head! Both of the pillowcases I used were 18 inches across. They fit me fine except for the hips. I had to chop off quite a bit of length because of my hip width (I’m 39 inches in the hips, so the pillowcase was about 3 inches too tight).
This first version was really my test version to see if it would work. On this version, I made the length a bit longer and cut a small slit at the side to mimic a wrap opening. I sewed the trim on this version going across me and all the way down to the bottom of the blouse. I also sewed the trim onto the sleeve openings.
Once I had experimented with the first pillowcase, I felt confident to cut into the second set which has a very colourful print.
I followed the same technique I did for the first one except I made the blouse shorter (without a bottom slit) and I had the trim go across my bodice in the opposite direction.
Here’s a better close-up of the entire blouse:
I made the blouse from one pillowcase but needed the second pillowcase for the sash ties. I ended up tying them into bows.
Lastly, I made the skirt from a pattern I’ve used before, McCall 3968 from 1940:
I love this skirt pattern as it’s so versatile. I’ve made it before in lightweight wool (which was the perfect fabric for the pattern). This time I decided to try sewing it up in crepe back satin with the crepe side showing out and the satin inside. I used some fabric from my stash that amazingly matched the two pillowcases perfectly (I love it when that happens). I was originally going to make a blouse with this fabric but I had enough to make this skirt instead!! The only thing I can now see in the photos is that the invisible hem is not invisible!!! Argggghhhh….lesson learned, do a narrow machine hem on crepe back satin instead of hemming it by hand!
So, which one do you like better? Version 1 or version 2?
If you’re curious how this all came together, stop by my blog this week as I’m going to do a step-by-step tutorial on how I made these faux wrap blouses.