Sunday, January 16, 2011

One step closer

We got home this afternoon, having had a wonderful brief trip to Wisconsin with our friends. I'll be posting photos tomorrow because—yay!—I have the day off work.

In the meantime, I thought I'd post the fabrics I'm considering for my current blouse. After my epiphany earlier in the week, I didn't really get a chance to sit back down with my muslin until we got home today. I finished off the collar, set in one sleeve and moved all the darts for my short-waisted self. I'm really pleased with the fit, I think I've worked out the kinks and I'm ready to dive in. But but but... now I have to decide on the fabric!

The pattern is Simplicity 4256, view 3 at the bottom. I'll be doing it minus the pocket, and may replace the top button with a loop and button closure to the side, which some of my vintage shirts feature and I kind of like. (Plus it would mean one less buttonhole to fret about. I like that my machine can do 4 step buttonholes but I would be lying if I said I didn't grit my teeth in suspense during each and every one.)

I've decided to use some quilting cotton from my stash. I know it will work well for this particular pattern since the muslin has a structured shape that I'm really liking (though I think in the future I'd like to try a version in a nice drapey fabric, like in a small floral print). I have several ridiculously whimsical possibilities, but just can't decide.

So what do you think: lemons, technicolor bunnies, castles, or birds in birdcages?

They are each so silly and I love the idea that one will turn into a blouse that will rotate into my redefined work wardrobe. Some of my favorite vintage pieces feature equally bizarre and whimsical prints. Horse heads all over a dress, knights in shining armor or ducks on a blouse. So I love that I can channel a bit of that in my own sewing. I mean, how could you not smile if you looked down at your shirt, while sitting in your cubicle, and saw a fluffy butt on a green bunny?


  1. They are all so cute! I would say either lemons or birds for the blouse :)

  2. I think I'm leaning birds too! It was between that and the castles!

  3. OK... the birds would definitely make a great blouse; they're sort of subtly whimsical, if that makes any sense... BUT I am simply in love with the bunnies. I can't imagine wearing the bunny print to work but it is just SO cute.

  4. I love them all. The birds and lemons are my favorite, but oh... the bunnies too! I don't think you can wrong with any of them.

  5. birds lemons castle ! make one in every fabric! I love that lemon fabric soooo much. I dream of making a vintage style dress with a big skirt out of it... im afraid it might be a few too many lemons though for this body!

  6. Birds or bunnies for me! I'm actually going to wear a whimsical blouse today too, I'm helping a friend on her card stall at a trade show, so I definately won't be missed and that's the point.

    Can't wait to see the end result, I love a good print.

  7. Bunnies, definitely first choice. Lemons, second choice.

  8. @Brook, I am pretty sure all of the fabric options will eventually become a blouse at some point, so you probably will see all of them at some point! :)

    (p.s. I'm trying out a new 'reply to comment' function I added, no idea if this will work correctly yet...)

  9. I love them all! The birds are rather lovely.

    XX Rosina Lee


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