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Blouse of Summer Dreaming

Added Feb 21, 2010

by Nina Helland...

Oslo, Norway






… and since the summer is still months away, I brougth the summer out in the snow!

When making this blouse I had this thought in mind: Late summer night, sitting outside a restaurant, sharing a good bottle of wine with even better friends. No worries and nothing but time. Therefore I made this classic blouse in a light chiffon material, perfect for such summer nights. I added a silk detail in the front to make it more interesting. The colour has also the sommer feeling in mind.

The blouse is based on a pattern from Butterick, with quite a few changes of course.




Garment Type
Classic, Romantic
Chiffon, Silk



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    Apr 16, 2010, 10.00 AMby sittaholi

    so beautiful! your style is immaculate, as Nina Garcia would probably say:)

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    Mar 4, 2010, 01.42 PMby petitmoutonbleu

    what a gorgousss pictureee :DD love ittt

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    Feb 23, 2010, 10.25 PMby quiltsewsewsue

    Lovely fit and choice of fabrics – it has all come together beautifully and I enjoyed your photos in the snow as well!

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    Feb 22, 2010, 10.18 PMby djoule

    Wow, I love this blouse !! Den er helt fantastisk, bravo !!!!

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      Feb 24, 2010, 07.38 AMby Nina Helland Sortland

      Kult å se det er flere nordmenn her :-). Imponerende liste med prosjekter du har!

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    Feb 22, 2010, 08.26 PMby nglalala

    It’s so elegant and beautiful! I love the color of your blouse!

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    Feb 22, 2010, 07.35 PMby Erin E

    The collar, the buttons, the color, the contrasting satin bib! Lovely.

    Btw, I featured this top on my blog:


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      Feb 22, 2010, 08.15 PMby Nina Helland Sortland

      Thank you so much for the feedback and for adding my project to your blog! I feel so honored :-D. I really appreciate the kind comments. Love your blog btw!

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    Feb 22, 2010, 12.03 PMby brocader

    You did an amazing job, this looks so well sewn!

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    Feb 22, 2010, 09.22 AMby lizah


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    Feb 22, 2010, 04.23 AMby bcher1

    This is extremely pretty and girly. Love the front detail!

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    Feb 22, 2010, 03.54 AMby Delia D'Aces

    This is so pretty! Extremely well done, it’s a summer inspiration.

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    Feb 22, 2010, 03.34 AMby sewbissy

    Gorgeous! So well-made, so dreamy.

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    Feb 21, 2010, 11.13 PMby marinaglory

    This is so beautiful!!! I really like the color, the pearl beads, and the front detail in silk is a really nice touch! Which Butterick pattern did you modify? Was the curved inset/bib part hard to sew?

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      Feb 22, 2010, 12.03 AMby Nina Helland Sortland

      Thanks! Glad to hear you like it :-). The pattern I’ve used is B5284. Actually I’ve simplefyed the inset. It was originally pleated. It wasn’t too hard. Just needed to be accurate when pressing and stitching to make both sides even. Hope that was helpful :-)

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    Feb 21, 2010, 11.11 PMby zozowahine

    Really beautiful! I hope you don’t have to wait too long until you can wear this blouse in the ideal setting!

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    Feb 21, 2010, 10.14 PMby smallone

    Nina this is just lovely, classic, beautifully executed… and I’m sure you’ll be wearing it through many late summers to come.

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    Feb 21, 2010, 08.06 PMby suezpetersen

    wow! gorg..

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