Hot! The “Darling Stash” Peter Pan Collar Blouse | Adey Lim

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Fabric: A cotton floral sheet, gift from the lovely Veronica Darling (Thank you!)
Pattern: Simplicity 3074
Year: c.1960s
Notions: 4 green vintage buttons and yellow pom pom trim from stash
Time to complete: 4 hours
First worn: November 2011
Wear again? Yes, it’s the sweetest blouse in my wardrobe.

My last visit to the Salvation Army’s thrift shop was futile and I do not know any shop which sells old sheets, tablecloth or  curtains in Singapore so in terms of materials, I had nothing to work with for this stash busting challenge using repurposed fabrics. Well, not until I recieved a huge package from the post office on 17 November. The lovely Veronica Darling has sent me a substantial stash of sheets and some lovely patterns! She’s a lifesaver!

The sheets are all so awesome and I had a tough time selecting which project to sew! One of my favourites from the stash was this light weight cotton with orange, yellow, green and brown florals and some subtle grey plaid like lines on it. It was the smallest of the sheets so I decided to sew a blouse from it. The mix of yellow, orange and brown made the fabric look so 60s that I just had to choose a pattern from that era.

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I mixed and matched from the three blouse versions offered by Simplicity 3074, a 60s Peter Pan collar blouse pattern from my stash. Sleeves from version 3, bodice from version 1 and the collar was a size between version 2 and 3 as I thought version 1′s looked too huge while version’s 3 was too tiny for me.

Even before I cut, I remembered Veronica showing me how she could skip the hem by placing the base of the pattern on the hemmed section of the sheet and that was exactly what I did. It is brillant and I love that no hemming was required for this blouse:)

At the end of cutting out the pieces, I had zero fabric left and had to use an orange remnant to cut the bottom facings of the collar. I adorned the collar with a yellow tiny pom pom trim from my little girl’s stash, sewing it on the same way to sew piping, in between the top layer and facings of the collar. Please excuse my fingers in the photo as I was trying my best to press the trim down so you have a better  view of it though some remained stubborn. I am quite pleased that most of the subtle grey lines matched up pretty well.

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There are quite a few details on this pattern which I adore. The overlapping sleeve cuffs which added interest to the otherwise very normal sides, the inside tucks on the front and back waist of the blouse which enhanced the blouse’s shaping and fit while creating a bloused effect.

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I paired the blouse with my high-waisted bella jeans in the main project photos but with these flattering tucks, I would be happy wearing the blouse both tucked in or out.

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This is my first Peter Pan collar garment and I really love how demure the neckline looks, so I will definitely be revisiting this pattern some day. Please also excuse the lack of smiles in these project photos as I have just extracted a wisdom tooth last week and still find it uncomfortable to be expressive.  Hopefully, it gets better by next week:)

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Adey Sew Convert

A former kids' television channel manager turned stay home mum from Singapore, I hated sewing since I attended my first home economic class at the age of 14. In 2007, something miraculous happened when God blessed me with a second pregnancy. I discovered that I was expecting a baby girl. That changed everything. First I went crazy shopping for handmade clothes for her on etsy. Then I decided I needed to make something for her on my own. I was a month from my due date when I took an intensive 8-hour sewing class. In Dec 2008, I made a dress for my princess before she was born and have not stopped sewing since.

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  1. Adey,
    this is soooo cute. Looks fantastic on you. .How sweet of Veronica to send you the sheets/package. and just in the perfect timing..
    Happy sewing.

  2. Oh, it’s so pretty and you made such a great job of all the little details!

  3. Adorable! Everything about your blouse is so joyful (except the extracted tooth pain) and how sweet of Veronica to send you the perfect sheet. I love the addition of the pom-pom trim and chunky green buttons. This just makes me smile! I love your pants too.

  4. Love the collar, cuffs, and fabric!

  5. The Cuff the Trim! Oh it’s fab!!

  6. I’m so in love with this cute little number! It’s a real beauty!!!

  7. I got a wisdom tooth out last week too! I’ve been reading the blog for a year now, but never comment. But I want you to know you always make beautiful garments and I really enjoy the details you put in your write-ups!

  8. What a way to transform the sheet, and I absolutely LOVE the pom pom trim, too!

  9. Peter Pan collar – so hot right now! Great job – I love it! Nice bit of sheet too.

  10. This is absolutely gorgeous! I adore the pom pom trim on the peter pan collar and those cuffs are the cutest cuffs I’ve seen. Love it.

  11. That’s so cheerful :) How nice of Veronica as well.

  12. Great pattern choice for the fabric used. Don’t you love learning those little hints and tricks (making use of the hemming)that you hadn’t thought to use before. Lovely summery shirt.

  13. very cute blouse! love the cuff details.
    this is one sweet unique top. :)

  14. margueritedesigns

    I think this is my favourite :-))

  15. Loving everything about this blouse, great job!

  16. Fantastic!! I love all of the little details on the collar!

  17. I am so in awe of that lovely top. The fabric. I actually have some of that little pompom edging. You can really rock a peter pan collar!

  18. Stunning detail Adey.

  19. Love all the details on this blouse! And it’s so great that it’s from Veronica!!! Fabby!!