Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Sleeveless Floral Blouse

Several of the projects I've been working on for the cruise collection have started with not enough fabric which is - as I've said before - a great starting point because it stretches me to think about the possibilities and the how. It also adds an element of mystery and challenge to this series of simple garments.



 


The floral fabric I used for this sleeveless version of the out of print Butterick 5678 was bought several years ago and made into a short skirt that - unfortunately - looked like a beach ball on my hips. I never wore it. It was immediately rolled up with the rest of the remnants and put back in stash for a remake.





Because the blouse pattern has princess seams with smaller pieces, it was easier to fit them onto the remnants but there was only enough fabric for the main pieces and not enough for sleeves or bias armhole binding so I decided to use a black for the binding and then I used it for the inner collar stand as well  to help connect the solid black with the rest of the garment.





The top stitching was done in white because all along I thought the buttons and button holes would be white - until I made the sample and black was obviously so much better.





Above is the button hole stitched and below is the same buttonhole with the white space in the middle colored in with a black felt marker. It finished off the edges and makes for a cleaner look. Touching up with felt markers has become one of my "tricks of the trade".





I'm really pleased with how this sleeveless blouse turned out. It's a crisp cotton so I'll like it even better once it's been worn and softened a bit but I think it's going to be a very versatile top. Even though I'm sewing basic garments for the cruise collection, I'm still trying to stretch myself in new directions. Sleeveless is new. Floral is new. A woven blouse is new. And so is sewing an entire collection. It's fun to see it coming together.

My grateful today needs a little explaining. It's a shiny new (to us) car. My husband loves mechanics, music, computers, and motorcycles. For as long as I've known him, he's had at last one motorcycle. For his 50th birthday, I bought him a "crotch rocket" - built for speed. Due to his illness, he hasn't been able to ride it for the past year and a half and this weekend he made the decision to sell it. This is the equivalent of me selling my sewing machine. Tough. Thankfully, also on the weekend, he bought a sporty little car that the guys at his work say is just like the bike, too much machine for an "old man" like him. In other words, perfect. I hope it'll take some of the sting out of saying goodbye to his bike. The level of pain that he lives with each day reminds me to take care of - and be grateful for - my health. Pain is not for sissies.

Talk soon - Myrna

Grateful - a shiny new (to us) car.

Take chances, make mistakes. That's how you grow. Pain nourishes your courage. You have to fail in order to practice being brave. 
- Mary Tyler Moore

10 comments:

  1. Ooh, I do like the black accents on your blouse. I'm sure you'll get lots of wear from it. And I can certainly relate to your own pain from watching your husband make some tough decisions. My own husband decided to sell his big Harley a couple years ago, and he soothed himself with a shiny, new tractor. I sure hope your husband gets as much pleasure out of his spiffy new car as mine gets from his replacement toy. Best to you both!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. LOL - I think I'd rather have the sports car than the tractor although he's always wanted a ride on lawn mower. Luckily, we don't have the yard anymore.

      Delete
  2. Sad that he had to sell his bike, but good that you had the financial ability to purchase the fun little car! There is a time in life for everything. Apparently the time for the fun little car is now......hope he gets many pleasurable times with it!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. The price of things can be really interested. I saw a Janome sewing machine for $15,000 US. That's more than my friend is selling her 2012 car for. Luckily the bike and the new car are worth the same so it'll be more straight across.

      Delete
  3. I really like your blouse especially the black accents! That silhouette works well on my diamond-shaped body too though I like it a tad longer.

    Sorry your husband had to give up the bike but glad he was able to find something else that works better for him at this stage. Sometimes you just have to let go of the past and move on. It's hard but inevitable. All the best.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I've been wearing this top length for quite a while but lately seem to want it about an inch longer. I think that might be due to the wider hips.

      Aging and illness do seem to have a huge component of hard and inevitable wrapped up in them.

      Delete
  4. Lovey top - great for summer. I have a similar sleevless pattern that I hope to make up soon. And the black buttonholes look fabulous! They certainly finish of the top beautifully!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks. I think it'll be a good one. I loved the fabric the minute I saw it.

      Delete
  5. My husband recently sold the big Harley that he bought ten years ago when he turned 50. He hardly ever rode it and I had asked him to buy a little sports car instead but owning it must have been a huge part of its appeal. I love the print and the sharp look on this top. Perfect for a cruise.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I think owning a Harley is a goal for a lot of bike riders. I know it is for my husband. He wanted that for his 60th but it's unlikely he'll be riding a bike at that point so hopefully the car does the trick.

      Delete

Thanks for commenting. I appreciate the feedback and the creative conversation.