“My Blue Heaven” Skirt and Blouse
Does the fabric I used for this skirt look familiar? It’s the same fabric I used for my “Rebel Rebel” pants. I had quite a bit leftover. I love the print and color so much I could easily make a coat out of it as well (and a bag and…). I just have to be careful not to wear the skirt and pants in the same week though not too many people around here notice those kind of things.
I used Vogue 1284. Here’s a picture for you so you can see what it’s supposed to look like-
It’s a pretty easy piece to make if you’re comfortable with welt pockets. I did my own thing with the lining-finishing the hem and front slit then tacking it into place here and there. The side slit was a little too high for me so I adjusted that by about an inch and a half.
For some reason I had a bit of trouble with this blouse. I had a headache that lasted for days so maybe that was why. It was all going along fine until I noticed that I had sewn the sleeves on the wrong sides. I had already finished the seams so there was no going back there. It looks and fits just fine so I didn’t stress it but this meant that the sleeve plackets were in front instead of on the side. At first I thought I’d just close them up (since they opened up at the seam where the two sleeve pieces came together) then readjust the pleats and add plackets in the right place but I decided to keep them as is and sew zippers there instead. This worked out really well and saved me some misery down the line since I realized later that I only bought enough buttons for the front. Sewing the collar on presented it’s own set of problems. Just simple little mistakes here and there that made it take twice as long as it should have. I just wasn’t all there I guess. Despite all the problems I’m really happy with the way it turned out in the end. My plan was to make a simple button down blouse and as I was slowly working my way through it it dawned on me that there is nothing simple about making a button down blouse.
The only deliberate change I made was extending the points of the collar a bit. The change is so small it’s hardly worth mentioning but somehow it makes a difference.
Patterns: Vogue 1284 and McCall’s 6124
Fabric: python print french denim from stash and 2yds lightweight blend $2.75
Notions: 3-7in zippers $1.50 and 8 small buttons $1 3/4 yd interfacing $2.75
Time to Make: Many hours over 4 days. I worked slow because I was out of sorts.
First Worn and Wear Again: I wore it today like this for church. I will definitely be wearing these pieces again-together and separate
Total Price: $8