The “Kiss N’ Ride” Blouse
Fabric: Black cotton blousing fabric, with flocked dots and woven stripes. Reclaimed from a previous skirt that wasn’t “quite right.”
Pattern: The “Not-a-T-shirt” pattern with a keyhole variation, loosely based on Burda 08-2009-117. I have made this blouse with several variations more times than I can count. It goes together quickly with minimal fabric- just four seams and the facing. I can dress the blouse up or down, depending on the fabric I use and styling. The Kiss N’ Ride blouse fits into my work wardrobe.
Year: 2012, inspired by keyhole blouses of the 1940’s.
Notions: Thread, scrap of armoweft interfacing
Time to complete: 2 hours
First worn: January 7, for photos. I left it on the rest of the day because it’s so comfortable.
Wear again? Yes! I needed a new basic black top, it goes with almost all of my work clothes. I didn’t allow myself to sew much with black last year or wear it head-to-toe because it’s one of my style traps. I love solid black, but it was taking over my closet. Now I’m back in black, with plenty of bright colors to liven up my palette.
Total price: Free
I used a freshwater pearl brooch as my inspiration for this piece. I had a similar keyhole blouse and used the brooch as a closure because I liked the effect. The first blouse has long died, this is the re-incarnation I hadn’t bothered to make yet- Sew Weekly is already encouraging me to get my projects finished in a timely manner!
I tend to constantly recycle my clothing. When I realize a garment isn’t going to work for me, I fold it up and stick it in my “remake” box before the fabric begins to wear out. This skirt was way cuter in my mind than on my body- I realize now that I prefer bottoms with waistbands; this skirt just had a facing edge. It languished in my remake box for the better part of two years before I dug it out the other day.
It was a middy length 4-gore skirt with bias seams. I was so careful about matching the stripes the first time, I decided to feature them on my centers front and back. I folded the skirt along the bias seams, cut my pattern pieces on the fold/old seamline and assembled the garment. Easy!
Since this is a “work” blouse for me, we took the photos in a local commuter carpark. I love this “Kiss N’ Ride” sign, adorable!
We took this shot later that night, sans brooch to show the shape of the neckline. I think I’ll wear it like this as well!