Hot! The “Irish Buds” Blouse

The Facts
Fabric: 1 yrd of green silk chiffon $16
Pattern: Lisette for Simplicity 2211
Year: 2011
Notions: Nothing but thread
Time to complete: ~6 hours (6 episodes of Star Trek)
First worn: Sunday to a lecture
Wear again? Most assuredly
Total price: $16

I have a lot of green fabrics. A lot! This silk is the most expensive fabric I have ever purchased and I still feel a little guilty about it. But it’s gorgeous and I couldn’t live without it…or its sister colorway, purple.

I’ve known for a while that I wanted to make this into the “Market” blouse, I just had to find the right time. When Tilly of Tilly and the Buttons proposed another “One Week, One Pattern” I knew the time had probably come. When Mena asked everyone if it’d be cool to switch the Pantone week with a Green week I knew it was meant to be and I got to work! And I just now realized that with the orange buds this fabric is sort-of Irish, hence the title.

I finished all the seams with French seams, including the arm holes – which is difficult, but I’d done it twice before. I skipped the arm cuff because I used the selvage edge and I thought fluttery sleeves would be a neat change. I also altered the collar band into a peter pan collar – which I’ve been wanting to do on some pattern for ages and finally decided this was the time!! The lightness of the fabric makes it look a bit fluttery, which I guess is ok but it also wrinkles like anything so it’s not as crisp as I’d like.



Liz has been sewing since April 2011 but has been crafty all her life. Her full-time job is as a museum curator at a smallish institution, where her DIY skills often come in handy. Liz likes to sew while watching TV, which she uses to measure the amount of time it takes to finish.


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  1. How darling! It’s so very sweet and cute! And I love your alterations – I think the peter pan collar is much better than the one the pattern comes with!

  2. Very cute! I really like the peter pan collar on this blouse.

  3. I have this pattern and have been looking for ways to ” jazz” it up. Your changes to the sleeves and collar make it all new. Good work. Thanks for the inspiration. (The fabric is pretty but hard to see, next time a close up please;)

    • I always forget to do that! I’ll take one and add it to my blog when I repost this today.
      This pattern is so easy to sew and manipulate. I’ve really liked using it.

  4. Hey Liz, the blouse turned out beautiful and the fabric is gorgeous. I like he Peter pan collar, nice adaptation.

  5. Gorgeous, love the print and cut. I’m a total sucker for a peter pan collar too.

  6. Great job with the collar. Did you omit buttons altogether and it fits over the head okay? I have this pattern too and you’re giving me ideas.

  7. Yes, the buttons and placket thing is just for decoration in this pattern. The neckline is *just* wide enough for my average-sized head and non-stretchy fabric, sometimes my ponytail will get stuck though.
    I chose this pattern for Tilly and the Buttons’ “One Week, One Pattern” because I’ve done it so many times and it lends itself to being altered quite a bit.

  8. That shade of green is unique. Darling blouse.

  9. Really pretty, love that collar!