Added Mar 10, 2010
To make this sweet little beauty, I used an unwanted second hand pillowcase for it’s vibrant print, reminiscent of spring. The palette sings with purples, blues and greens and shows images of wild orchids and butterflies…
I used an old 1950’s dress pattern for this one – this time modifying the bodice so that a peplum could be added (and so that it was also no longer 3 sizes too big!). I enjoyed the challenge of tetris-ing the pattern pieces so that I didn’t run out of fabric. There is a side zipper closure, starting just below the armpit and extending to the bottom of the peplum.
The style is very flattering, all thanks to the hourglass shape created by a tight-fitting waist, flared peplum, neckline and cap sleeves.
In keeping with a greenie sensibility, all the other notions I used for this one were also second hand/ re-used/ hand-me-downs. This includes the bias binding, zipper and thread.
In terms of difficulty, I would say this was not a very difficult blouse to make, with the most time consuming components being pattern piece tetris-age and hand sewing of the neckline facing and sleeves.
Floral print cotton (re-used pillowcase), re-used zipper, bias binding
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