The “Lucky Stars” Blouse
Fabric: Embroidered cotton $6 from my NYC trip, white cotton for facings $1?
Pattern: Simplicity 2154
Year: 1960s reissue
Notions: Snap from stash
Time to complete: 6 hours (6 eps of Psych)
First worn: Up-town to the war memorials across from City Hall
Wear again? Probably
Total price: ~$7
When I was in New York in May the new challenges hadn’t yet been posted, so I wasn’t really looking for things that would specifically fulfill them. However, when I happened upon this embroidered awesomeness at the same shop as the “Vegas” sequins, I realized that we would more than likely have a Fourth of July themed challenge. I snapped up a little over a yard.
I thought maybe it would be good for an overlay for a summer dress, but then after the Diamond Jubilee and TV outfits I realized it had to be another one of these blouses. It’s very sheer, (would you call it a cotton gauze?) so I have to wear a cami underneath it. I’ve gone with another lightweight white cotton as the facing for the collar and bow pieces, instead of interfacing or having the stars show through from the back. Those stars are a bear to sew a seam through so that was avoided as much as possible. And I did the back closure correctly this time! No “big head” issues!
By the way, have you ever studied the envelope image? I noticed that in the vintage drawings the points of the bow ends are pointing down toward the stomach, but in the made-up samples they are pointing away, toward the shoulders. The pattern directions have you point them down, and both times I’ve made this top I’ve pointed them down. I just found the discrepancy interesting.
Here’s a close-up of the fabric so you can see it better. I also made the blue skirt in the pics about a year ago. It gets a lot of use as a nice basic.