Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Secretary Blouse

This blouse screams to me: SECRETARY!!! But not in a bad way. ;) So I paired it with this gored skirt...one I don't wear anymore because I think it normally looks frumpy. But it goes well with this shirt, I think.


(Don't ask me what I'm doing with the door; that's my attempt at posing!)

This is my second version of Simplicity 2501. This project doesn't fit into any of my on-going challenges :( I just felt the need to make something relatively quickly that wasn't going to be too challenging...so I used fabric and notions that I had on hand and chose a pattern I felt comfortable with.

Wonky tie:


My photos aren't that imaginative. It snowed here yesterday and it's way too cold to do a photo shoot outside (in other words, I'm a big wuss). Here's a closer view:


I originally bought these buttons to go on a knit sweater for a little girl, but I ended up not needing them. I'm pleased with how the pattern on the button mirrors the fabric. Serendipity!


Overall I'm happy with how this turned out, especially since I just used what I had on-hand and the fabric (a quilting cotton) is probably a little too stiff than it should ideally be. I am really happy with the silhouette. I think peplums are a good thing for my figure. They give me the illusion of having a waist and hips :)

I used the same size as I did the first time I used this pattern, but for some reason, this time around it's too big in the chest. So instead of trying to do an SBA (or some other adjustment) I just cheated a bit with the buttons to pull in the top. The buttons are in a slight diagonal line now, but I can live with this, no problem.

I'm not 100% finished. You can see in this back view that the cuffs lack buttons:


So I'm going to brave the weather right now and buy the matching buttons.

6 comments:

  1. This fabric and style is fantastic, and it looks great paired with that skirt! Super lovely!

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  2. Your blouse turned out really well and doesn't look frumpy at all. If you want a more casual look though, why not try when of the other collars next time? Anyway, the fabric is very pretty and the colour suits you. I can't quite make out what you have done at the waistline - I have this pattern and it doesn't show this feature.

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  3. Thanks Meg and Picnicfan!

    For the waistline, I didn't add anything. I used the silhouette that has a waistband connecting the bodice and the peplum (views C, D or E) and then I put the view A sleeves on it. It's hard to tell in the package photo, but they instruct you to make pleats going into the waistband, instead of darts. The pleats create a poufiness...darts would give a smoother line I think.

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  4. This looks like a really pretty little number!

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  5. I love the fabric, and looks like you've made a really pretty and practical blouse.

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  6. My compliments, this is a really cute blouse. Wish I had mine already finished.

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