The ‘Razzle Dazzle’ Blouse | Debi Fry
Fabric: 1.5 metres red polyester fabric £6 from Edinburgh Fabrics
Pattern: McCall 1192
Year: c. 1945
Notions: 12 metres red sequins £6
Time to complete: 12 hours previously, 7 hours more this week!
Wear again? OH yes!!!
Total Cost: ~£12
You may recall that I had originally started this 1940's blouse in May and it was nicknamed the 'Life Happens' blouse. During the week that I originally started the blouse we found out that we had to move apartments AND I received a redundancy notification at work! Sheesh! That led this blouse to land in the UFO pile.
Call me superstitious but I felt that I needed to figure those two things out before I brought this blouse back out of the UFO pile. Turns out we moved to an even better apartment that we love and that I got an extension to my contract at work!! YAY!
So I still had to add half of the sequins and to put the blouse together and finish the neck and armholes. The sequins took a good amount of time to finish but it was very relaxing. I really, really love how it looks! Also the great thing about finishing both the neck edge and armholes was that I could slipstitch the facing so that the stitches were under sequins–so it's not visible from the front!
I like how the back looks as well. I should have placed the design a bit further apart in the middle (where the closing is). I haven't yet had a chance to iron this blouse but that slight gap in the closing might behave with a good press. It closes with a small button at the top–a button I got on my recent trip to San Francisco!
You can't see it in the pictures but there are also tucks on either side of the bodice front so that the blouse can be easily tucked into high waisted trousers. I also added shoulder pads to the blouse–which really gives it that great 40's shape!
YAY! So happy to have finished this blouse. It's really become so much more than a blouse and more of a lesson that when life happens–you've got to give it a bit of 'razzle dazzle' and things will start to get better!