Violet, We need to talk – Blouse
Fabric: Printed Cotton – thrifted
Pattern: Colette Violet Blouse
Notions: 7 Buttons, thread & interfacing from inherited stash
Time to complete: 5 hours
First worn: 22ndth January 2012
Wear again? maybe
Total price: $2 (not including the pattern)
I’m not sure we can be friends just yet. I thought you might be the first ‘shirt’ in my wardrobe that I’d actually wear… but hmmm… I think I pinned everything on that cute peter pan collar and overlooked the rest of you. Perhaps I can give you a second chance, but I’m afraid there would have to be some changes. No hard feelings ok. Casey. x
I normally make toiles of just about anything I make. Given that Violet is a loose fit blouse, I decided to just make it up as is. I really didn’t expect there to be any fitting problems ( and though I like this fabric, it cost me less than calico anyway). But alas, those bust darts are a good 2 inches south of my actual bust point! This is giving me some lovely ’points’ below my entire bust. nice. (for reference this is the size 4) Now, I’m aware that I’m a B cup and I may also be a bit short from shoulder to bust point. But 2 inches?! You can see my Problem in this picture. I’m thinking nothing short of a D cup could pull these up to an acceptable level. (I guess there’s always my next round of breast feeding to look forward to. sigh.)
Other than the darts, I suppose there’s nothing really wrong with the blouse…but it’s a bit school uniform-ish for me. (My husband was a harsher critic and said PJ’s) Maybe different sleeves would make it more interesting.
As it’s a bit on the the boxy side, I do think it’d look better tucked into something. I just don’t know what that something is. Hence my ‘everything goes with jeans’ decision here. Feel free to offer me some styling advice! This is exactly why I normally make dresses!
As for buttons – My machine has a 4 step button hole, and I sew buttons on by hand. I think I made a bit of a mistake with the buttons. I usually make a shank by wrapping the thread around underneath the button a few times. I’m normally fine with 2 hole buttons, but it seems with the 4 hole, I’d already stitched them on a bit tight, so the shank didn’t really work. – of course I proceeded to do the same thing 7 times before thinking that maybe they’re not quite right. oops. note for next time…and maybe I should double check my method. At least I was able to use some of my white, but not really white because they’re so old buttons. I have heaps of white buttons that are too discoloured to go on true white fabric. I know you can dye buttons. But has anyone ever tried bleaching them?
If I decide to try this again, I’m not going to do the full separate facing that’s included in the pattern. I think it makes everything a bit too stiff for my liking (even with my super light woven interfacing). I’ll likely do a ‘grow on’ facing just for the buttons and then finish the rest of the neck with bias binding on the inside.
I’m starting to think that maybe I’m just not a shirt person. I really feel wierd in buttons and collars. Ruffles and bows on the other hand I’m completely fine with. lol.