The “Enter the Ninja” Blouse
Pattern: Butterick 5611
Fabric: 2yds of another poly blend that does not press well but I really love the print $8
Notions: weft interfacing and 7 buttons from stash
Time to Make: about 7 hrs from start to finish
First Worn: Sunday
Wear Again?: Absolutely!
Total Cost: $8
I really need to learn how to use Phototshop. I have it and have no idea what to do with it. I tried to erase that house behind me and fill it in with more greenery but as you can see I couldn’t figure out how to do it and I do not have the time to watch tutorials. Anyway….
I have been wanting to make something out of this fabric for a couple of months now. I didn’t want to buy any until I had a project in mind but would probably have bought some if it looked like it was selling out. I was going to make a dress out of some leopard print fabric I have but when I pulled it out I realized that it had a really rough hand. Kind of like burlap. I didn’t think that would feel very nice brushing up against my arms and legs. I was stuck for a couple of days and then remembered that this fabric has lovely little butterflies all over it and that it would be perfect for this challenge. I had to scrap the dress idea because I only had one day to sew. If I’d had more time I would have made a pair of shorts in the same fabric with a black waistband.
I made the long sleeved version without the tabs since the fabric is so light it wouldn’t have stayed rolled up and I hate the way it looks when the fabric is hanging around the tabs. I only added one pocket which you can’t really see and used the back piece with the cute pleated section at the bottom which is also hard to make out. As I said before the fabric doesn’t press well so I used strips of fusible interfacing along the bottom hem, the sleeve ends, and also along the front. The sleeves do not have cuffs and they are pretty wide-especially at the bottom. I decided to add some elastic. I think it looks more feminine this way and less boxy and frumpy.
This picture makes the print seem overwhelming but it’s not. In my dreams I would have taken these pictures at the nature museum in the butterfly room. We ended up stopping at a nearby park in between errands.
The title comes from a song by Die Antwoord. If you know the song then you get it and maybe think it’s funny like I do. If you don’t know the song then you should check it out and then you’ll get it and maybe think it’s funny like I do. The video may be a little disturbing so find a live version on YouTube or something.
OK-see you next week!