The “Brisbane Does Downton Blouse”
Fabric: Cotton Gingham, scraps from Megan’s Vendetta
Pattern: Sisters of Edwardia
Year: Contemporary, based on the blouse worn by both Edith and Sybil on Downton Abbey
Notions: Scraps of interfacing, invisible zipper
Time to complete: 2-3 hours
First worn: April 7
Wear again? Yes- in fact I wore it most of the weekend. It’s comfy! And obnoxious! And I love the way the cut works with my linen plus-fours!
Total price: $9
This is my second blouse from this pattern. Last week I made a VIP version in silk twill which is perfect for “professional” wear (not to mention that silk twill is closer to Downton Abbey than gingham!). Since this week’s challenge is to take inspiration from your city, I decided to see how casual this cut could go. Brisbane is a pretty laid-back place, it moves at the pace you’d expect from a city in a climate of near-perpetual summertime.
Gingham is just about the most casual fabric I can think of. (Besides, it demonstrates the grain of fabric.)
It’s comfortable- relaxed fit sleeves, blousey top, one piece gussets for mobility. At the same time, the midriff section provides waist definition. Not restriction, definition. I used the contrast fabric for the gussets because it shows up well- but usually I’d use the same fabric as the shirt.
When I first moved to southeast Queensland, I found the colors favored by natives rather startling. The this summer I started to look around at the bright colors on people’s backs, on buildings and flowers growing in the gardens and found inspiration. I started to understand bright color as a sort of bravery against the harsh, unrelenting sunshine. Paler pinks may be tasteful, but they’re lost under this blazing sun.
Fuchsia is a strong color that stands up to the sun.
Unfortunately we didn’t get a chance to take photos in the city before we left for the long weekend. I hope that’s ok! Besides, these pictures show my favorite thing about Brisbane: the most gorgeous coastline I’ve ever seen in my entire life is within an hour’s drive.