The “I’ll Fly Away” Blouse
Fabric: Lecien Memoire a Paris cotton lawn, $12/yd bought at my favorite local shop, Fancy Tiger Crafts
Pattern: BurdaStyle Alexander blouse
Notions: 6 buttons ($2.50/button! eek!) But they are olive green! And oval!
Time to complete: 12 hours :(
First Worn: coffee date with Erica & Nahum
Wear again: Totally!
Total price: $43, unfortunately.
So I really wasn’t sure if I would like this shirt half way through making it. The fluttery sleeve-wings seemed HUGE every time I tried it on. I was worried that they would fly off with me. But, I was determined to like it. I LOVE THE FABRIC. It has every color I love in it: mustard yellow, peacock blue, olive green, burnt orange, and brown! And it is so so so soft. So I persevered and I’m really impressed with the final result. Also: oval buttons. I love them for some reason.
This is not a type of shirt that I would usually make or wear, but it works. I’ve got a personal challenge this year to make more blouses. I used to think that blouse = old lady. I guess that means I’m an old lady now that I want to wear more blouses. Actually, I just want more tops that I can wear with jeans and be comfortable but look cuter than in jeans and a t-shirt. This fits the bill!
I used the BurdaStyle Alexander blouse pattern. I did make a few changes after reading all the reviews. I lengthened the center front on one side by 2″ so as to avoid the dreaded gap. I added 2″ in length to the waist but I’m going to take those 2″ back out, my torso isn’t that long after all. And I added 3″ in length to the peplum. I did sew a center back seam instead of making it button up.
The pattern construction is pretty awesome, the sleeves are cut in one piece so they stay fluttery.
I’m not really sure why this shirt took me 12 freakin’ hours to complete, but it did. Probably because I got all OCD and insisted on finishing all the seams. French, flat-felled, this blouse has ’em all! I have a really bad tendency to get all nitpicky with my creations. If I’m going to be sewing weekly, I need to get that under control so I don’t spend 12 hours on a shirt ever again.
I would like to thank the Denver Public Library for having books on tape for download. That’s what got me through my marathon sewing session.
That’s my friend Nahum, below, trying to decide if he wanted in the picture. He found the games and decided that was more fun than watching his mom take my picture. :)
Instead of button holes, this shirt has button loops. I’ve made plenty of button holes, but never button loops! New skill, score! And, I like button loops way better than button holes I think.
And a shot from the back. This shirt uses pleats instead of darts. It’s more of a relaxed fit. I did extend the back darts up 2″ more than the pattern calls for. I think that makes the shirt less baggy-in-a-dumpy-kind-of-way, which is good. No one wants to look dumpy in their newest handmade creation!
Also, thanks to my lovely friends at Denver Bicycle Cafe for letting us take over and use their shop for a photo shoot.