the “fleur” of the three-day weekend blouse



The Facts:

Fabric: silk-cotton blend from paron’s, in white.  dreamy stuff to work with.  contrast collar, facings and ties in liberty of london “kasia” in gray.
Pattern: simplicity 4255, previously blogged about here
Year: 1950s
Notions: none
Time to Complete: 3 hours
First Worn: April 11, 2012
Wear Again: Yes.
Total Price: ~$30
Challenge Theme:  “Local Color”–but is it paris, or new york?

Immediately after seeing the “local color” theme i had an image:  clean, elegant, black and white.  i could either channel laura bennet from project runway 3 and go “so new york,” but i couldn’t escape the feeling that clean, elegant black and white really said “paris” to me, so paris it is.  i wanted something with a statement collar, and went immediately back to simplicity 4255, which is an easy, classy top that brilliantly straddles the line between frosting and cake–as all good tops should.

i worked on it with a moulage to tweak the few fitting issues i’d had with my earlier version:  namely, the top hits too far up my waist (and i’m absurdly short-waisted) and it just felt a little to gaping.  (although strangely, if you compare this version to my previous version they look…about the same?)

the top still needs a tweak or two, because it’s not an easy top to wear, however fabulous a top it is.  the waistband needs a lot of attention to stay clean and attractive and the wrap still gapes a bit when i sit down.




Devra is a New York-based photographer and sewer who tries to find time to do her day job in between bouts of crazed sewing.


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  1. Hey Devra, for a second I thought the top reversible and then I realized it’s 2 different shirts! Love the collar.

  2. Very pretty! Love the contrast fabric against that crisp, clean white.

  3. I like it in the white with the print on the collar! Very nice job!

  4. That’s a great piece!

  5. Classic and versatile, with a pop of fun. And I love the tights!