Blouse

MISS BOSSY PATTERNS CHALLENGE

Hi all!

Since I started blogging about a month ago, I got a little too excited about all the sewing fun happening in blogosphere around me. While participating in Project Sewn Season 3 Sewalong, I also linked up to Sew Grateful Week party at My Happy Sewing Place and signed up for Pattern Review “The Fitted Blouse Contest”.

When I came across The Monthly Stitch Collective blog with their monthly themes, it felt like I would be trying to bite more than I can chew by signing up for yet another challenge. However, while gathering my options for the blouse project, I started thinking – why can’t I let Miss Bossy Patterns give me a little nudge? I obviously have more than one pattern to choose from, and having someone else make a decision for me means I won’t have to hesitate any longer. You know, sometimes delegating a task is good for the soul.

Normally I would never imagine myself saying this, but here it goes. 🙂 Please boss me, make the choice for me!

CHOICE NUMBER 1:

Butterick 5924 150th Anniversary edition close-fitting shirt with collar and shaped hemline. Given my fabric selection, view C would be most likely the one to go with (that is the top left if you can’t see the little letters). I like the bias for the bottom portion and I think I would make the cuffs on bias as well. It will be a nice soft cotton blouse, fitted enough for a put-together look, but comfortable on a hot day.

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CHOICE NUMBER 2:

McCall’s 6750 from their Palmer and Pletsch Fashion That Fits series. My inspiration for this one was a blouse from one of my older (1998) BURDA magazines – dark blue with white polka dot and white contrasting collar (see picture inset). Very classy look! I will go with short cap sleeves, which is not on any pattern envelope views, but it will be easy enough to fix. The rules of the contest require that my blouse has set-in sleeves, but I don’t want the long sleeve version – too much polka dot may look funny on me.

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CHOICE NUMBER 3:

Colette Jasmine! Yay! This won’t be my first indie designer pattern attempt, but hopefully this one will be a better suitable style for my frame (the first one was a very sad story for another time perhaps). I have seen soooo many lovely versions of this blouse that it is hard to decide on just one option. I can think of many different interpretations of this pattern, and bias cut is so flattering! I am leaning towards the one with shorter collar and gathered to a cuff sleeves – a combination of view 1 and 2 on pattern envelope. The pattern doesn’t require any closure, but I might go with a zipper in the side seam or maybe buttons on the back – coral colored buttons to match the collar, oooooh…. Of course, it would be way easier to skip that step, but the rules… yeah, the rules require some type of closure to qualify me for the contest.

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So here we are. Wouldn’t you agree that all three choices are super exciting? How can I pick just one?

Please help me choose! And yes, if you have any additional suggestions, please leave me a comment below.

I will close this poll in a week from now, on March 15, 2014, so I can have some time to sew.

Have a great week!

MaZe

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MY STYLE. MY LABEL.

This is the last week of Project Sewn Season 3 Sew Along and the last challenge –

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It has been a lot of fun, and it has been a LOT of challenge. I almost considered to skip this last week because my issues with personal style is what I am currently trying to address. Over the years, my “style” pretty much consisted of jeans and a simple top to get me out of the door in the morning. My consumer habits narrowed down to browsing the sale and clearance racks looking for best deals. In the past year I have been reading a lot on topics such as sustainable fashion, eco-consciousness and ethical approach to shopping, which all relate to personal style. I am still trying to sort through all the information that made itself available to me since I had this sort of awakening, and this shift in my mentality causes me to re-evaluate my approach to what I choose to wear and how I acquire it, among other things. I am nowhere close to having a solid plan, but I made a few changes already. A thought of making my own wardrobe came naturally. What I am presenting today is my attempt to break away from my former state of mind and create a new look that will reflect the changes in my thinking. My future signature style is still under construction, but this is where I am at now.

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I made this outfit in my signature creative style. When I work on something, I pay a lot of attention to details inside and out. Finishing my garments with little extras makes them uniquely mine. This is my style, this is how I do things, this is a maze of all things that matter to me and I live in it. This is MaZe Living.

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I used Butterick 5561 pattern and 3 different fabrics to create the top (4 if you count the underlining) – transparent knit with some varnish imprinted flowers for the front, solid black for back and collar, and laced pleather for the sleeves. All three shades of black matched nicely. The flowers on the front are barely noticeable unless the light hits them just right, and even then they look more like a watermark. However the shine is very similar to the muted shine of pleather – photo below illustrates that perfectly.

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This one is not a great photo (still trying to learn my new camera and thinking that I might need to take a class), but you can really see the transparency effect.

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Pleather is underlined with some silk organza for stability.

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The flowers on the skirt are very similar in form to the flowers on the front of the blouse, however I chose large print for my rather larger frame. The skirt is a simple A-line maxi cut on bias to provide better fit and comfort.

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Below  are a few finishing details. All seams are finished with rayon binding.

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Waist facing is done in cotton/linen blend stretchy jacquard – a little stretch works nicely with the bias of the skirt fabric.

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I think this is a step in the right direction to find my signature style. Until I find it, I am going to keep trying.

MaZe