Last seen in subtle cream on a slender tween. Now appearing in bright red on a middle aged woman.
This pattern scans across the generation and style divides!
This blouse was made possible due to the kindness of Jenny who allowed me to stop by and get that one last piece of fabric from Gay Naffine’s sale (we were on the way to the bank for legitimate work stuff) and the generous allocation of time on the weekend by He Who Cooks to pursue my sewing addiction hobby at the expense of housework.
Isn’t it a great colour! And I love the crazy ruffled shoulders, the crinkled texture and the slight sheen to the fabric. You can see this better below with the photo taken in the bright sun.
Pattern: BurdaStyle 07-2010-121
The skirt is BurdaStyle 04-2010-125. Yes, its become a wardrobe (and blog photo) staple
Size: 36-44, I made a 42
Fabric: A polyester cotton blend with a crinkled surface (this doesn’t wash out but I can flatten it with the iron). It has an almost silk-like sheen, but a very prosaic fibre content.
Changes I made:
As with my daughter’s version, I cut the ruffles on the bias rather than the straight grain and left the edges unfinished.
I gathered the ruffles using my “ruffling foot”. This is the plastic embroidery foot for my older Elna machine with the stitch length at maximum. Lex has posted a tutorial on this and how to get this to work with probably just about any foot and machine. I couldn’t get my new Bernina to do this (but I didn’t try very hard, because the Elna was just sitting there, waiting for me!)
I didn’t use any interfacing on the collar, cuffs or front facings. The fabric is reasonably stiff, the buttonholes worked okay without an extra layer, so I felt that this blouse would be okay without the extra support.
It’s a fun blouse to wear, but not crossing the line into too quirky for the office …I think…at least not for my office…and the ruffles are easily disguised under a jacket, where they take on a second role as shoulder pads.