The Fireworks & Flowers blouse
This week’s Embellish challenge was, well, tricky. I started out with a fabulous, elaborate plan that involved lots of handwork – my favourite. Then the weather turned really cold and nasty, and I got chillblains, and my fingers swelled up into angry little pain sausages. Anything involving lots of fiddly cutting and hand-sewing was out of the question.
So I did a little mad re-arrangement of my sewing to make something, anything, that involved embellishment, and ended up using the blouse that I had intended for the ‘Red, White & Blue’ challenge for this one, because I could do lace-insertion on it, and scrambling up a UFO for the RWB challenge.
Sadly, as often happens with compromises, neither project was ideal. I still don’t love the Just Add Red jacket, and I’m not sure the lace insertion improved the blouse. It’s over-thought, over-worked, and I’m kinda over it. I’m totally over winter. I want it to be warm and sunny so I can sew the things I want to sew!
Sigh. Anyway, onwards and upwards to next week’s challenge. I must be about due for a win.
At least I really like the skirt I’m wearing with the blouse: it’s a vintage piece that I found at an op-shop. It had a broken zip, a 27″ waist and 43″ hips, but I loved the details and the fabrics, so I took of the waistband, let out the waist, tailored in the hips to 39″ and put in a new zip. I finished it just in time for this photoshoot.
Just the facts, Ma’am:
Fabric: 1.3 metres of self-striped voile with a little tiny print that was probably supposed to be flowers, but looks like little fireworks to me (hence the title of this post, and why I wanted to use it for the Red, White & Blue challenge) left over from Maggie’s blouse. $16
Pattern: Folkwear #210 – the Armistice Blouse
Year: 1990s does 1910s (Folkwear claims this pattern is historical, but it’s not accurate)
Notions: 5 metres of white insertion lace ($3), 4 vintage snaps from an op shop (.4 cents – it was 5 cents for 5, and I used 4), a metre or so of twill tape (free- inherited from Nana), and a metre or so of silver-threaded bias binding left over from another project.
Hours: 5 (trying to cut out the insertion with fingers so swollen I could barely slip them through the embroidery scissors was not exactly fast).
Make again? Probably not.
First worn: Put it on. Sighed. Fussed with it. Took it off. Sighed. Postponed photos. Again. And Again. Finally got desperate on Monday and got a friend to help me out, and she teased me into actually enjoying taking the pictures.
Wear again? Probably only as a pseudo-historical garment. Maybe with a blue pencil skirt to teach.
Total cost: $19.04