Added Sep 17, 2010
I made a blouse, using Butterick 4985, but with more ordinary sleeves. The taupe chiffon is printed with tiny “paper-crane” motifs in ink blue, and pre-shirred in these uneven black “radiowaves” that were slightly random to the extent they proved impossible to match up, well, c’est la vie. The collar is made out of black lace, leftover from a previous ball-dress project, and the sleeves are edged with black lace braid. The buttons are mis-shaped, grey and swirly.
The skirt is partly Vogue 7303, partly my own design. I made a lining using the Vogue pattern out of blue lining fabric, then pieced together some leftover black lace into an overskirt shape, and covered the joining seams by topstitching with black edging lace strips. The overskirt is attached to the “petticoat” at the waist. The hemline was cut to be uneven in handkerchief style and the strips of edging lace were left long and dangly, to add interest to the hemline.
printed and pre-shirred taupe chiffon, black lace, black lace edging, buttons
skirt; black lace, blue lining fabric, invisible zip, black lace edging
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