Remember I bought some new fabric (oops – seven fabrics) on impulse recently? Well I’ve been really good and sewn one piece up already. I initially had this blouse/shirt pattern earmarked for some black viscose, but I had sewn sew much black recently that I started to feel guilty, and decided to make it up in this viscose ink stain print – and I love it!
I’m glad I hesitated on the black option, as this is a fairly plain design and I now have a more exciting version planned for the black! This version is a simple loose fitting undarted blouse, with long set-in sleeves, a split centre front seam and tie neck. I made the ties quite narrow and long so it can be tied multiple ways.
Look – marathon medals!
I usually wrap them around my neck once and then cross them over and magically they stay put all day with no adjustment. (Just thought I should add that I’m referring to the neck tie here, not the medals…:)
Before I make anything my new rule is to make sure it goes with at least two other things. This top goes with just about everything – jeans, skinny pants, skirts. It may go with culottes but I haven’t tried them together yet and suspect that could be a bit full-on.
I split the hem so it could be tucked in, out or half-tucked:
I couldn’t decide whether to use the perfectly-matching peachy-cream thread that I had, or the perfectly matching charcoal thread. I opted for the peachy-cream so the stitching around the front neck split – the greater focal point – was less noticeable, but this meant the stitching around the hem was more obvious. Sometimes you can’t win, and let’s face it – no-one but us is going to notice!
With the neck tied loosely, it falls off the shoulders a bit at the back, but it adds to the relaxed look. It makes the sleeves even longer – always good!
So – overall I really like it, I’ve worn it three times in two weeks, which is a ton more than some of the items in my last post!
Tiggy is annoyed because I am sitting in her late afternoon spot…
A while ago I read a post on a blog somewhere about the ‘falseness’ of blogs, and how some bloggers portray their life as ‘perfect’. I think it is only natural to show your best side and this is not some new internet thing. Most of us will brush our hair or clear away the background clutter before getting our photo taken – and have done so way before blogging. Some bloggers will spend more time than others styling the perfect shot and I think that is awesome they are using their talent in such a way. There is no need for anyone to be envious of the resulting perfect picture. Surely most people know there is probably a pile of laundry waiting to be folded just to the left of the frame!
Anyway – I thought of this because my son snapped this out-of-focus-behind-the-scenes-NZ-Saturday-afternoon-reality shot as we switched locations in our garden while photographing this blouse. It made me smile – it is complete with lawnmower (bottom left), garden hose, pet cat, ice-cream container come paint tray, washing basket(s), clothes on the line, work boots and even a wet pair of socks!
This is my perfect life!