Added Jun 22, 2010
Nashua, New Hamp...
Tie neck blouse pattern using vintage Simplicity 5782 from 1964. There is a story behind this one. It all started with the shoes. A friend of mine bought a pair of these adorable peep toe strappy wedges at a thrift store and I had to have a pair for myself. Funny thing is, they are from Payless. I figured I would never find a pair, but one day I spotted some on ebay in my size, so I bought them…and then realized that I don’t own anything that would even remotely match them. So, I embarked on a mission to make an outfit that would work with the color and style. One day last week I was shopping for fabric and happened upon this perfect brick red pinstrip suiting, and decided it was a good match for a pencil skirt to match the shoes. But then of course I needed a blouse to go with the skirt (to go with the shoes), and I found this aqua and red poppy print polyester chiffon.
This was the first time using a light weight fabric like chiffon, and I was not sure what to expect. I used French seams everywhere except the sleeve heads (can you do a French seam on a sleeve head?). The pattern had a really nice way of using a strip of bias fabric as a self facing to bind the neckline edge, which makes for a much cleaner, smoother, professional finish. I also tried out my new 1/8" narrow hem foot using a very helpful tutorial from Brian at Brian Sews. I had to put a piece of tissue paper under the edge of the fabric when I started the hem to prevent it from getting sucked into the feed dogs, and the I just tore it away after. The skirt is just another version of my basic pencil skirt.
Polyester chiffon from Joann Fabrics. The skirt is poly blend suiting, also from Joanns.
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