About a month ago, Sew Mama Sew had a challenge where each participant could sew any blouse they would like using a new line of fabric from Cloud 9. The fabric for this challenge would be an organic cotton voile, dreamy! I jumped, ran, waved my hands in the air frantically like a crazed person on black Friday hoping I could participate in this challenge!
I was so pleasantly surprised when Kristin and Beth said I could participate, and I could choose the fabric I would like, and Cloud 9 would so kindly ship this fabric to me, me! I’m just an ordinary girl, but I definitely felt like I won the lottery the day I received that email!
I decided I wanted to start this blouse with a pattern, and then change it up a bit. I started with vintage Butterick 3549 (you can see my previous version here). I know it’s a dress pattern, but it had everything I wanted. It was light and airy with a little vintage inspiration.
The collar on the original pattern buttons all the way up to the collar bone. I stopped my buttons a few inches down and heavily pressed the collar open. I was worried this would take away from all the pintucks, but I actually love the way it mimics the pintuck lines.
Last time I sewed this pattern, I had such a hard time with the sleeves. I eventually just cut them off and made the dress sleeveless. This time, I decided to try the Scout Tee sleeve pattern, elongated. I added a little gathering (barely any) to the bottom of the sleeves with a half inch band.
I flared out the side seams of the pattern, meticulously pattern matched all those beautiful triangles, and added a shirt hem to the bottom. I am in love with this new shirt, and I’m sure a lot of this love has to do with the fabric!
There were a handful of other bloggers that also worked on the Palos Verdes Blouse Challenge. Their posts will be popping up this week, take a minute and go check them out!
Nienke de Jong
Michael Ann Shreeve
Thank you so much Cloud 9 and Sew Mama Sew for letting me participate in this challenge…it’s been great!