the “fleur” of the three-day weekend blouse
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
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.