So remember way back when, I had a dream that I could replicate, or sort of make something similar to Joanne’s awesome frilly vintage blouse here?
Well, I started to action this months ago & it has been a UFO…until now! (I now have no UFOs people- how cool is that!?) So it is time to tell the story of how such grand designs became a bit of a damp squib.
I used this pattern, Butterick 3082 & don’t even feel as if I’ve done this justice.
I mean I bought this because of all of the dreamy neck treatments: pussy bow, frill, gorgeous collar & bow tie. But ignored them all. So I started thinking I’d make a frill neck blouse a la Joanne using some beautiful floral poly chiffon that I’d got from the Rag Market. Gorgeous teal, brown & reds in this fabric that are just too pretty…. I cut strips & used my overlocker to roll-hem the edges in red. I made running tracks of this, I tell you…
I then made up the button-back blouse, version D, but with narrower sleeves. Now it could be that Joanne’s blouse is front fastening, I wasn’t sure. My thinking though had designed it with buttons behind me. I did make a quick version out of an old sheet to test the pattern, when I tried it on, it appeared to be a fab fit, bust darts even falling correctly. So I could go full steam ahead & make it up in the chiffon.
Everything was going well, I’d made up the blouse, inserted the sleeves & had metres of ruffle. BUT positioning the ruffle around my neck was wrong. Just wrong folks. Pierrot, Krusty the clown would have been proud. OK, so the neckline is rather high on this blouse. Possibly lowering it & then adding frills would feel more comfortable.
But that would involve recutting a neckline, facings & just general sewing-unpicking tedium. I try not to go back with sewing, not when the execution of an idea is basically flawed. High neck, ruffles, me? Remember my last dalliance with ruffles?
I have to apologise folks, there are no pictures with ruffles attached. It was one of those occasions when the camera was not handy & my fear of frills made me panic – I removed them instantly. I know, that’s what you come back here for – me looking silly & showing the warts & all of my sewing. Sadly I failed you this time. Please forgive me. Call it a medical emergency.
Still, this blouse generally moped around my sewing room waiting for me to pick it up & redeem it. You see, I do LOVE Joanne’s blouse. Still.
So I hemmed the sleeves (which were also potential ruffle victims), hemmed the blouse & put the buttonholes in the back. I made it simple. In the picture above you can barely see the buttons, such a close match they must be!
Now I still have misgivings about this blouse, despite having worn it now.
First of all I never wear a neckline this high. Ever. Which is why I tried it with the necklace. Plus, When I saw the photos I was struck by how wide & boxy it is. But then, how much do we stand with arms out like that (except perhaps to cool over-heated arm-pits)?
Chiffon hangs lightly, we move, maybe it doesn’t look huge in normal wear? I could always put a couple of vertical darts in the front too. So, to conclude. This blouse is a lesser version of its potential. I have doubts about it, but have worn it. It is a very good blouse to wear out in evenings with trousers & I am looking forward to pairing it with my red denim Chardon skirt too….tucked in it could have a whole different look. I think it is the prettiness of the fabric that is redeeming it….& maybe I don’t always have to embellish, maybe sometimes I just need to keep it simple?