The “At Last” Blouse

The Facts

Fabric: navy polyester from stash
Pattern: Colette Jasmine Blouse
Year: 2011
Notions: fusible interfacing, thread
Time to complete: Four hours
First worn: January 24, 2012
Wear Again: Most definitely!

Price: $18 (pattern + thread)

When I first heard about this challenge, I became overwhelmed with ideas.  Should I try and recreate a dress? Or would a skirt be better?  It’s winter here – should I think about pants instead?  Eventually I settled on this top from Modcloth.  As you can see, it didn’t work out.  I spent three hours on that shirt, only to feel like it was a big fail and scrapped it.  Then I got the brilliant idea to go for a pencil skirt … and that didn’t work out, either.

 

I was randomly scouring the Internet when I came across Sarai’s fantastic polka dot Jasmine.  It was love at first sight, and I knew I wanted a lovely navy Jasmine of my very own.

The pattern is a dream to put together.  It took me no time at all, and I finally felt like I had made something wearable (after the two prior failures for this challenge).  I was so excited about finishing it that I wore it to work today!

I am having some difficulties getting the facings to lay flat (even after tacking), so I’m hoping that ironing and washing will tame that problem in the future.

The only adjustment I would make to this pattern would be to the shirt cuffs.  While I am no Michelle Obama, I apparently do have some muscles on my arms and should make the cuffs a little looser to allow for my “guns” to breathe.

Overall, I am super pleased with my new blouse. I finally made a look I could wear, and that is something definitely worth celebrating!

Have a fantastic night, all!

Author

Meg the Grand

Megan Grandstaff was thrown into the sewing world in 2005. Ever since that fateful day, she has been eager to increase her skills and reduce her (quite large) fabric stash.

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  1. Ohh I love your version of Jasmine! The blue is a gorgeous color on you! And is that the view from your place? How many floors up are you?? That looks mighty high up!

  2. Hi Meg, the top looks beautiful, love the color. As for the scrapped shirt I was reading about this spray stabilizer that is good to use on lace or slippery material. I’m going to pick some up to try on a future project but here is a link I found on uTube. http://youtu.be/Ur0TRKV0AHA

  3. It looks lovely, great skirt too.

  4. This is just lovely and the colour is spectacular :D

  5. Lovely blouse! The color suits you and it looks great paired with that skirt!

  6. That’s it!!! Your lovely Jasmine blouse has convinced me to get back to making mine tomorrow!

  7. wow! I want to make one now. looks great!

  8. Very cute. I am also loving your skirt. Adorable outfit

  9. Meg this blouse looks fantastic! I too am using Jasmine this week (running a little late – still have the sleeves to put in!)

  10. Nice styling as a whole, very nice! You’re making me wish that I had one too…hmmmm :)

  11. The Jasmine is total instant gratification :) My cuffs were also way too tight. I took them off, then used a size up. Perfecto!

  12. I’ve got to try that pattern. Thanks for including a link. Your blouse looks so chic! That color blue looks fabulous on you too.

  13. sweet – you look like butter wouldn’t melt in your mouth in these photos. I like this top.

  14. Yay Meg, she is just lovely, the cut and colour suit you very much, soon you will have a stack of fab blouses to choose from you’ll have yourself an eeny meeny miney mo moment :P