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Polka Dot Bliss

Added Aug 30, 2010

by tiramisusan

Portland, Oregon...






This may be my favorite garment I’ve ever made. It’s also possibly the nicest job I’ve ever done on a given piece. The fabric is a cotton silk blend that I got during my trip to New York in July and is so lightweight and beautiful. It feels like wearing silk, but it was as easy to work with as cotton. I made some minor adjustments to the pattern (Hot Patterns Weekender Monaco Blouse) like dropping the arm scye and lengthening the hem by about an inch and a half. I also didn’t use the sleeve band and opted instead for a flutter sleeve; I think it gives a very delicate effect. I couldn’t avoid getting a couple small puckers at the corners of the square yoke, but overall they don’t damage the look. The most time consuming portion of this pattern was hand stitching the inner yoke (it’s fully faced) and closing the self bias around the arm holes. I made another version of this same pattern after this one and I am thinking that I will also try the dress version, but I need to find some fabric for that first.

Material Notes

Cotton silk blend from Mood in NYC.



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Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
Garment Type
Cotton, Silk

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    Aug 30, 2010, 11.46 AMby halokitty087

    Very cute shirt. I told my husband just the other day that if we ever take a trip to NYC that I have to buy something at Mood. I don’t care what it is, I just want to see it!

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      Aug 30, 2010, 11.33 PMby tiramisusan

      Plan to spend a good amount of time there, it’s huge. And let your husband know that there is a bookstore not too far away!

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