The “Irish Buds” Blouse
Fabric: 1 yrd of green silk chiffon $16
Pattern: Lisette for Simplicity 2211
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.