Added Dec 1, 2012
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The pattern, as you can see, is Simplicity 5451, purchased about two years ago on eBay. I never felt any inclination to actually use it…until I found this pink and white swan fabric – actually a sheet – in the op-shop about a year ago. I knew what it would become as soon as I found it.
‘Overnight Success’! Well, the pattern cover wasn’t too far off, although it did take me slightly longer than overnight due to other projects. The contrasting collar and cuffs were less a design decision and more a running-out-of-fabric decision. The sheet was rather narrow and short (I think it might have been meant for a baby’s cot?) so there simply wasn’t enough fabric for the collar and cuff facings. I think the white accents help give the blouse a bit of a 1950s diner waitress look though, so I’m not complaining. Finally, the plastic buttons were harvested from an old duvet cover.
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