Getting back on the horse – The Floaty Blouse

14 Jul

So you may have guessed that it took me a bit longer to finish the garment I posted about last time than I had originally anticipated. (Seeing that I thought I would post about it yesterday… and didn’t).  BUT that is ok, because look how it turned out!


This is the “Collar Confection Blouse” from Decades of Style patterns. I know the dots make it a bit hard to see in this picture but this is really a dreamy pattern.  The collar can be worn either as displayed on the pattern, or plain the way I have it (at least on the one side, I’m not really sure what IS going on over on my left… We just won’t talk about that side).

This project went together like a dream.  I loved finding a fairly simple pattern that looks like it took significant skillz to make.  Although there is some hand sewing involved (stay tuned for gutz pictures in a future post), this was actually a fairly quick and easy project. I’ll let you go look at the rest of my opinions over on

But the best part of this project was how it all came together. I really got to be me in making this… (insert heave handed metaphor about learning to live in the big city)

Moving on —

I began this project is a truly slap-dash manner that would make my first sewing teachers (sorry to the Bouffard sisters) cringe.  Having just moved into the (very small) apartment outside DC, I was stressed and decided the perfect remedy would be to get out a sewing project.  I layed out the fabric on my bedroom floor and began cutting without even a thought to grain line, pattern layout, fabric matching – nothing.  I hadn’t even found my good sewing shears yet! (but don’t, those of you who are panicking as I speak – I found and unpacked them.. no kitchen shears were harmed in the making of this garment). If you look closely you can see that the dots around the tucks are a bit skewed… and don’t get me started on the front – you wouldn’t know it but this is actually a regular-line-printed-dot fabric, not the hap-hazzard beauty that graces the photo above 🙂

I’ll be completely honest. One of the best parts of this project for me was that freedom. I simply traced, cut, and sewed. I did a lot of things wrong (including cutting out two right sides for the blouse front on the first go-round) but it was OK! The world didn’t end, the sewing police didn’t come break down my door (although a neighbor did steal my laundry basket when I left it in the communal laundry room while I went back to sew – live and learn).  I sewed with freedom and it turned out alright! (there‘s that metaphor)


4 Responses to “Getting back on the horse – The Floaty Blouse”

  1. dapperdolly July 14, 2012 at 3:56 am #

    Very nice work – it looks lovely and I love the collar.

  2. ooobop! July 14, 2012 at 2:07 pm #

    Gorgeous blouse. Im a sucker for polka dots, and the colour red, and of course a peter pan collar!!! I can completely understand the liberation of just cutting and sewing! Sometimes I wonder if sewing really is a relaxing hobby when I’m stressing about every detail!

    • theparticipatingspectator July 14, 2012 at 5:29 pm #

      I know what you mean! Sometimes the details just seem like a little more than I can care about. It worked really well to throw out some of the rules and just start… that then left me enough energy to care about the interior finishing and other thing I really care about.

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