The “Likeable Librarian” Blouse
Fabric: Cotton Sateen
Pattern: Simplicity 2614
Time to complete: 12 hours
First worn: At photo-shoot. Next, the office.
Wear again? Certainly
Total Price: $20
You have just met the blouse formerly known as Muslin 2614.
All of the fitting and design changes were made last year.
Muslin 2614 was destined to became a real blouse one day, but was set aside to make room for a cowboy boot dress, a blue-buttoned waistcoat, a knocked-off frock, and sexy-but-of-out-of-season swimwear.
Muslin 2614 needed only some fabric and a reason and to exist in the real world.
The week six Un-Finished Object challenge arrives and Muslin 2614 get its chance. After a few upgrades (tie at the neckline, longer sleeves) the “Likeable Librarian” blouse is born.
My wardrobe needs blouses like an asthmatic needs his inhaler. If I didn’t make this this blouse, my closet would’ve kept wheezing and hyperventilating all season.
There was some worry about the sleeves at first. Gathered sleeves styles are a less risky option for a tight construction schedule…but would these banded hem ones look crazy on me? Would I end up looking like an extra on an episode of Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman? The jury deliberated this for at least an hour.
The Verdict: NOT GUILTY (of looking ridiculous in gathered sleeves).
Clearly, I can summon ridiculous all on my own.
We’re all kinds of proud of the “Likeable Librarian” blouse in my house. Even Mr. Carroll carried on about its loveliness instead of sharing his usual, frozen-fingered grumbles about being a winter camera man.
Thanks for looking. Here is a poem from the Shel Silverstein book featured in the first photo.
PUT SOMETHING IN
Draw a crazy picture,
Write a nutty poem,
Sing a mumble-gumble song,
Whistle through your comb,
Do a loony-goony dance
‘Cross the kitchen floor,
Put something silly in the world
That aint’ been there before.