The Tea Time Top
Fabric: white polyester from stash
Pattern: Colette Sencha, Version 2
Notions: seven buttons, thread
Time to complete: 3 hours
First worn: today for pictures
Wear again: Yes!
Total Price: $0
Friends, I couldn’t decide on just one of the fabulous looks that the Royals have rocked through the ages, so instead I focused on what I would wear in case we ever met over a pot of tea. I love tea, and all the wonderful things that happen when you drink tea – like getting to eat cookies. For this challenge, I broke out my Alice in Wonderland teapot and my favorite double stuffed oreos – it was a very happy photo shoot.
I knew I wanted a more classic look, so I was drawn to the Sencha blouse. Version 2 has these lovely tucks near the neckline, and I settled on using a sheer white poly so the tucks would show through. I need to wear a tank top underneath for modesty’s sake, but since I’ve had this particular one since seventh grade (!), I added some lace to the bottom to lengthen it a bit to fit under the blouse properly.
The poly was a bit troublesome to work with – it didn’t want to lay properly, so there needed to be lots of pinning in order to get the seams to lay properly. The sleeve hems are a mess because I stitched them by hand, but since I used French seams whenever it was possible, the rest of the blouse is glorious. I’m definitely glad to have filled the gap in my wardrobe that called for a classic white blouse, I think Her Majesty would most definitely approve.
Happy Diamond Jubilee, my friends!!