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!