Does anyone remember The Dress That Just Wasn’t That Into Me? Some readers were kind to me in the face of adversity, but there was no denying – I’d created a sack and wasted some lovely dot chambray, bought from The Village Haberdashery.
This made me sad – until I realised I had some fabric left over in my stash. I was just able to eek out a second Simplicity 1941 from the remains. I kept everything simple (no contrasting thread or buttons) in the hope of creating a blouse that will go with almost anything. Can’t beat a classic!
I think this experience is what we call a salutary lesson. Part of sewing success is understanding which fabric suits which make. Chambray – blouses, not dresses! Lesson learnt.
You can see the pleated sleeve heads much better in this fabric. I also added the sleeve bands omitted from my last make and added a simple embroidery detail on the cuff. Why bother with sleeve bands? They stop your sleeve hems from curling up! Ask me how I know…
A few construction tips on this blouse:
- The button band is described as ‘self interfaced’. Ignore this – it makes for some shoddy buttonholes. Second time around, I added fusible interfacing.
- The first button is positioned very close to the top edge of the button band. On both makes, this meant my machine didn’t have enough fabric to grip and fouled up buttonholes. My recommendation is to forego this buttonhole. You’re never going to button your blouse up right to the collar.
- I basted my sleeves in and was really glad I did. One of them was perfect, the other less so. My less-than-perfect sleeve was ripped out and repositioned. Basting stitches saved me a lot of frustration.
That’s it! What are you sewing this weekend? And have you learnt a salutary sewing lesson recently?