The “Swiss Dotty” Blouse
Oh this fabric. It’s lovely this swiss dot batiste. It’s so soft and lightweight… my machine ate it readily. My machine found every weakness every flaw. It crunched at it when every single dot passed underfoot. Eating every turned-over edge and tearing at the start of each seam. “Nom nom nom,” my machine said over and over. I fumed a bit, but forged on.
This blouse is an upcycle. It was originally Burda Slouchy Blouse 4/2010 which was part of my “getting back into sewing” plot from 2010 in which the plot succeeded, but the original project was a fail. It was just way too loose and boxy. It flattered me not at all. So this time, I used a pattern that my Abuelita and I used to make shirts for me when I was a teenager.
It fit even though the size indicated it’s really for a size 31 1/2″ bust. I kept the horizontal bust darts, but not the vertical darts on the front. Since this size would usually be too small for me, I counted on the large amount of ease in the pattern (actually, it’s really similar to the Slouchy Blouse!) to see me through. I wanted this blouse to be a quick cover-up for tank-tops and swimsuits in this crazy summer weather, since lately it’s been alternating between scorch and electrical storms, and it does the job nicely. Now I just have to learn how to make my machine play nice with batiste and swiss dot. Be nice Pfaff Hobby! Be nice!
⁃ Fabric: Swiss Dot Batiste
⁃ Pattern: McCall’s 2094
⁃ Year: 1999
⁃ Notions: 1 button, 1/4 yd interfacing
⁃ Time to complete: 8-10 hours
⁃ First worn: today
⁃ Wear again? definitely a nice transitional piece between lounge and grocery store. It’s perfect for it’s intended use despite all the bite marks.
⁃ Total price: upcycle – free