Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Floral Tea Blouse

 
Blouse: made by me, Vogue 6726
Skirt: Lady Danburry Career Skirt (won from her blog giveaway)
Shoes: Via Spiga - you see them all the time because they are my favorite

This post has been a long time coming!  I actually finished my blouse sometime last month, but hubby and I have been so busy that it has been difficult to find some time to take pictures.  Since we were short on time, I was going to just take the pictures in our front yard.  Unfortunately a few of the guys in the neighborhood were chatting in our neighbor's driveway, and it just felt really awkward to pose for some photos with them so close by.  Our back yard is looking dull and boring as spring has not taken full effect yet.  I was able to convince hubby to drive to the park, on the way there he suggested we take pictures by this gazebo that was in the middle of a cul-de-sac that we drove past.  Hope you enjoy these photos, which were still a but awkward because we didn't know anyone who lived in the cul-de-sac.



The first time I wore this blouse was out to tea with one of my dear friends and some of her family members.  As I was driving to the tea shop, I felt a sudden chill and looked down at my blouse.  All six of those little buttons had wiggled their way out of the fabric loops, and I suddenly looked as if I had literally thrown this blouse on and run out the door.  Now, I am the kind of person who is frequently rushing out the door praying for all green lights so I can get to my destination in time, but I am not the kind of lady who forgets to button her blouse - ever!



This people, is why we make wearable muslins, and why I am so thankful that this is exactly what this blouse is.  My reason for making a wearable muslin was to make sure I achieved the right fit after grading this down to my size, it's only a bonus that I also accomplished preventing future over exposure from a lack of staying power.   To solve the problem for this blouse, I just sewed a few snap fasteners to the inside of the placket.  When I get around to making this for the second time (in a gorgeous blue silk) I will make sure the button loops are much smaller.




One of the things that I really love about this blouse is that there are no exposed raw edges.  I try to do this with most of my sewing, but the directions for completing this blouse just made it easy.  All of the hems on the button placket, sleeves and bottom were done by hand.  I found the process to be relaxing and I rather enjoyed the process.  I'm looking forward to repeating these steps for my silk version.

Here are some pictures of the blouse inside-out on my dress form - see the neat and clean finishes?  Oh, how it makes me happy.

 
I feel like my hair is rather blah in the photos.  When it comes to creating photos for my blog I always struggle with what to do with my hair.  For most of my days I wear my hair down after it has been blow-dried.  No curls, victory rolls, or fancy updo.  But I usually try to at least put my hair up for blog pictures, it's usually not period appropriate with my vintage sewing, but it does seem to work more than my straight hair.  Any suggestions on what to do with my hair - I can be super low maintenance, but don't mind trying something new.



Live in this moment and love life!
Annabelle

28 comments:

  1. I cannot believe that that's the INSIDE of the blouse on yer dress form! Beautifully done!

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    1. Awe thank you Lenora Jane! Aside from adding french seams, it was all the pattern's constructions that lend itself to a clean finish.

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  2. It's beautiful (inside & out!), and you did a wonderful job - I LOVE the fabric!

    For button loops, don't be afraid to make the sewn edges touch (loop will be the same size but narrower)so that it holds the button a little tighter. You can also buy pre-made elastic button-loops on a strip of trim (usually in the trim-by-the-yard section of the fabric store) but you will probably be limited to bridal white and ivory, so it depends on your fabric whether it will blend well. (I bet the ivory kind would work well with a print like the one you used.)

    Gosh, hair ideas. You wear your hair like I wear mine. (I'm totally low maintenance too.) I guess there's always pin-curl type things you could just pin for a photo. *shrug* Hats work well too...

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    1. Brooke, I like the idea of making the sewn edges touch - I think that will make all the difference. Thanks for the sweet words.

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  3. You are so cute! Tea was a blast, and yes the buttons did come unlooped. I guess I could be a first witness to that one! :) Everyone at tea loved your blouse, and think you are SUPER talented! Which is true, since I have been working on a dress for how long... and all I did was buy the fabric!! I can't wait to see it in the silk. You said silk right? LOVE! See you soon? We need to have a crafting date again! Wanna go to the cabin and have a crafting weekend?

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    1. Cherie, you are always full if the nicest compliments - thank you. I love the idea of crafting weekend at your cabin - do you have any tentative dates?

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  4. Fabulous photos! And Fantastic job with the blouse--it's stunning! I'm with Lenora Jane in that the inside is just amazing as well!!!

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    1. Oh thank you Debi! It is always a compliment when you take the time to comment on my blog.

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  5. Beautiful blouse! Your story about the button loops made me laugh - that must have been a funny discovery while you were driving! The clean construction is inspiring, and I can't wait to see your next version in the silk!

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    1. Ha, I think I share too many embarrassing personal stories on this blog - at least they go to a good cause and bring laughter. Wow, I can't believe another finds my work inspiring - thank you for the compliment.

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  6. Oh, I agree - it's so pretty inside and out! I can't wait to see it in the blue silk!

    Good eye, Hubby! The gazebo is a lovely setting. As for hair, well, I'm not the best at that either. I don't have the courage yet to wear any period hairstyles in public so, I default to flat-iron curls. I think yours looks nice up or down though :-)

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    1. Thanks Jennifer, I can't wait for the blue silk either - I think I will save it for my fall queue. Your hair always looks fabulous, I will have to work on perfecting the flat-iron curls for myself.

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  7. Lovely blouse; the construction is beyond words. Your DH takes very nice pictures; the gazebo is perfect.
    Hair, let's see; here is a suggestion. You may have to fiddle with this to make it your own. You will need some hairpins, not bobby pins but hairpins and a small rubberband. Real rubberbands for hair, if you can find them will work easier than laytex elastics. Brush your hair into a pony tail at the top of your head; you will have to experiment to determine whether to place it directly center or forward or back on the top. Secure the pony tail with the rubberband but do not snug the rubberband up to your head; you will need a little play to make your hair puff out a little. Turn the pony tail in a spiral bun form on your head; as you do this your hair should puff out around your face. Tuck the end of the pony tail under the bun and secure the bun to the top of your head with a few hair pins. Tidy the flyaway hairs with a spritz of hair spray. You can decorate your hair with combs or pins in the back or on the sides.

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    1. Oh Linda, you are always so sweet! Thanks for the compliment. I may have to try out your hair idea sometime, I can picture it and I think it will look quite nice.

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  8. You did a wonderful job on this blouse! It's so pretty! It looks so clean and beautiful!And your photos are sweet!

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    1. Thank Gina! You always create such pretty things, so a compliment from you means a lot.

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  9. I love your blouse! It's fantastic job!

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  10. You look so pretty, I love your color choice!

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    1. Awe, thanks Anna! I'm glad you like the color choice - yellow is my favorite color :)

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  11. I can't help you with the hair, as you know,mine is always boring! nearly always. I love your blouse and the lovely finishes! so pretty. And a soft round collar is so nice. I would love to make a dress with little tiny round buttons and burton loops all up the back, wouldn't that be fun? unless of course, I experienced the same wardrobe malfunction. Good thing you noticed. :)

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    1. Caroline, I just love the idea of a dress with tiny buttons up the back, jut make sure the loops don't leave any wiggle room and you should be good to go. Thanks for your sweet compliments as always.

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  12. Looks amazing!!!! I love retro blouses

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    1. Thank you! It was a great pattern to work with. I'm now on the hunt for more retro blouses myself ;)

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  13. What a lovely blouse! I heart the fabric! Yay for the lovely finishings!

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    1. Thanks Alessa! At first I wasn't sure of the fabric, but it grew on me and now I can say that I love it.

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  14. It's gorgeous, I love the fabric. Looks fabulous on you!

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    1. So sweet of you to say. Thanks Tors!

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