Added Jun 30, 2010
Believe it or not, this blouse started out life as something very different: one of my husband’s old uniform shirts! One of his uniforms was getting phased out and replaced, and I snatched the shirts up for reuse when he was getting rid of them. After all they were cotton, the fabric had a nice hand, and they were the lovely chambray blue I adore (and seems to have caught on popularity-wise this year). I have three of them, but used just two for this project (had to cut around stains and such, otherwise I think I could have used just one!). I love recycling things, as you all already know, and this was a really fun project to take something from “blah” to more of a feminine piece!
The design was inspired by a blouse I spotted on this Flickr stream . I made the pattern using the basic blouse block drafted from Design-It-Yourself Clothes (a Christmas gift from my parents), which had been in my to-do pile for a long time! It’s a very simple design: tucks along the front neckline, the waist cinched with elastic (this helps keep things neat and tidy when tucked into slacks or a skirt), and simple button straps. Pretty easy!
I really love the buttons; they’re the ones I crocheted earlier this spring and wrote about here . It gives the top a little bit of texture visually, but keeps with the quiet simplicity. I like details like that: subtle but gives the garment a bit more “umph”, if you know what I mean.
So now I have added another (much needed) breezy summer piece to my wardrobe! I’m pretty excited about this one, only because it seems like something I could be tempted to make again (I rarely go back and make patterns again–have you noticed that? I think once I do something, I get it out of my system and am ready to move on!). Maybe with some pretty calico print? Hmm… might have to search the thrift stores for something appropriate.