Hot! The “Snails and Petals” Blouse

The Facts
Fabric: Snail Scallop cotton from the “Prince Charming” collection by Free Spirit $9
Pattern: modified Simplicity 2211
Year: 2011
Notions: None
Time to complete: 6 hours (1 season of The Last Enemy)
First worn: Down to the in-laws’ place
Wear again? Oh yes!
Total price: ~$9

Oh what to do for this challenge. It’s always the biggest hurdle, isn’t it? For a while, I was going to do a tulip skirt, but I didn’t have any fabric that felt suitable. So something in grass green? Meh, that’s cheating a little. And then I remembered I had this fabric and I had been dying to make something with it. The snails felt like a perfect interpretation of of the challenge!

When I saw this fabric online I just loved it. I couldn’t get enough of this print! But I thought it was rather expensive for just a cotton, and when I saw it in person for the first time I thought it was a little larger of a print than I had pictured. So I didn’t buy it and convinced myself I didn’t need it anyway. And then a few months ago I started noticing that it was no longer available on some sites, and it looked to be discontinued. So I suddenly thought I had to buy it lest I regret it for the rest of my life! Of course finding this colorway was difficult but I got it in the end!

I’ve gone with petal sleeves to incorporate a little more of the nature theme, and did a Peter Pan collar as well. I toyed with doing the print on the collar both ways (right-side-up, and upside-down) and matching either the front print or the line of the scallop. Both felt like they “worked”. I asked the hubs to make the final decision, and he went for “upside-down” which made me glad I took pains to match them. Here’s what the other option looked like.

I also toyed with doing a band at the bottom hem, with the print upside-down to do a scallop hem. But I thought that might be overkill. I should have enough fabric left over to do it in the future if I wanted. We’ll see. But as it is, I absolutely love this top. The fabric is a perfect weight, the print makes me happy, the details are the right amount of cutesy. I couldn’t be more pleased!



Liz has been sewing since April 2011 but has been crafty all her life. Her full-time job is as a museum curator at a smallish institution, where her DIY skills often come in handy. Liz likes to sew while watching TV, which she uses to measure the amount of time it takes to finish.


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  1. Very sweet! That is a fantastic print, and the whole thing is very you.

  2. Hi Liz, you really can appreciate the fabric design up close, really beautiful. That top looks gorgeous on, great job.

  3. thats stunning print and its petter pan collar makes so cute x

  4. Oh! I have a fat quarter of this fabric (from the Prince Charming fat quarter bundle) and I picked this piece to hang on the wall just because I admired the illustration so much. It’s a really beautiful print. It’s nice to see it made up as a garment. You did a lovely job!

  5. Love the top.. SO cute.. Love that you added the peter pan collar..

  6. Love this blouse! The colors are fab and the print is so unique. I can see why you just had to have it.

  7. I want to steal this top from you so badly… Great job!

  8. This top is cute, and looks very versatile.

  9. This is too cute! Great interpretation of the theme.