Hot! The “What is a Weekend?” Blouse

The Facts
Fabric: Blue poplin from Lisette collection $7, green cotton for contrast $4
Pattern: “Sisters of Edwardia Blouse” by Steph C!
Year: 1920s inspired
Notions: Invisible zipper $1
Time to complete: 8 hours (all 3 Back to the Future movies and then some)
First worn: For pictures
Wear again? Most likely
Total price: ~$12

So I think I’ve stretched on this theme a little bit. Downton Abbey has only just reached the 20’s but I had no other ideas going. I’ve been holding on to this fabric for a while now waiting to fit it into a challenge. I thought it was about dang time to let it out!

The print is reminiscent of the Iznik tiles in Turkey – which I saw on my holiday there in 2005. So I almost brought it out for the “On Holiday” challenge. And it’s also one of the few floral/nature prints I have, so I almost whipped it out for that challenge! But no. It had to be this one because a) Steph recently rleased the pattern for this Downton Abbey inspired blouse and b) well…all I’ll say is “Turkish Gentleman” and I’m sure fans of the show will know what I mean. It’s from the first episode but it remains a running joke amongst the fandom, doesn’t it?

My colors are much brighter than the two blouses this one is based on, but I don’t think they’re out of step for the era. I wanted to go with a periwinkle contrast for the bands but I couldn’t find one that came remotely close to matching. But it was fine because I happened to have a shorter, green invisible zip already.

This challenge was not as full of “win” as the last two, but it wasn’t a total loss. I like the blouse, I’ll just probably make the size 30 next time, instead of the 35. It’s a bit too loose, but I still like it.

Also I got ice cream after the photoshoot, so that was a win.



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. I love this green on you, it seriously suits you. And I love this pattern, that yoke is such a lovely shape. Steph is very clever and you’ve made it beautifully. And Downton Abbey’s back on Sunday….well in the UK, so I’d avoid the internet until it hit PBS in January…blimey, at least with Doctor Who BBC America shows them the same day!

  2. The blouse looks great on you. Love the fabric. Happy sewing.

  3. Cute pattern and interesting fabric. I bet it will also look great with a pair of skinny jeans.

  4. Love the contrasting fabric

  5. I’ve had this blouse on the mind for a while too, and after last night’s episode which featured another version of it, I’ll have to try. Your colour combo looks lovely!

    (BTW, you can watch season 3 of DA online, if you aren’t opposed to a little copyright infringement:

  6. This looks so cute on you! I’ll size down the top next time too, but I made the waist piece too small; it sits higher and has a different, more tucked in, bloused over look. If that makes sense. Which I like, but your version looks easier to wear and get in and out of. I still have to watch the show!