What do you think, peeps? Is Spring here?
As soon as I saw The Afternoon Blouse on other blogs (here and here) I knew I had to make this pretty, vintage style, kimono sleeved blouse. It’s named after the amount of time it takes to put together – a pretty accurate name!
This could also be called The Perfect Stash Buster Blouse. I used fabric bought over Christmas at Birmingham’s rag market. It has a lovely drape and warmth to the touch. I wish I’d bought more!
The Afternoon Blouse is a downloadable PDF pattern that needs taping together. This one really didn’t take too long. I like to trace my taped pattern pieces onto Swedish tracing paper – so much easier to store and work with. I traced according to my size and didn’t bother to toile. After all, this is a fairly forgiving style. Doesn’t it go well with my red triple crepe Hollyburn En Rouge? I can’t stress enough how well this skirt sews up in crepe.
Because of my fabric print, it’s difficult to see the sweet neckline detail.
I added a mother of pearl button. My fabric has lots of drape and flip flap, so I hand sewed down the decorative neckline.
Would I share any other tips?
- Remember to obey the instruction to finish the outer edge of your facing. I finished mine on the overlocker, but this could be as simple as trimming with pinking scissors.
- I’d add a second instruction to understitch your facing as far as possible. You won’t be able to get all the way around the decorative neckline, but do as much as you can. It will definitely help the blouse sit properly.
Below is a photograph of both the above details:
I think this is such a sweet pattern! Perfect for pretty prints and pretty buttons! I really want to make another version in a voile or maybe even a Liberty lawn. Have I finally found the perfect excuse to buy some Isle of Wight print? What would be your perfect fabric for this blouse?