I've been mostly caught up in the Japanese sewing pattern books lately--Yoshiko Tsukiori's Stylish Dress Books and Simple Modern Sewing by Shufu To Seikatsu Sha (more on those in future posts)--but then I bought this gorgeous Liberty of London tana lawn fabric at Satin Moon Fabrics in the Inner Richmond the other day
and at novice level! Hey, I can manage novice, or so I thought until I accidentally cut out two backs instead of a front and a back. Poo. I had been hoping to get a scarf out of it too. And as you probably know, Liberty of London does not come cheap.
Since I didn't have enough fabric to cut out a whole new front, I managed to make it work by inserting a cross-weave panel in the front of the shirt and turned one of the backs into two side front panels. Maybe a skinny scarf out of the remnant? We'll see. . . .
Meanwhile, I'm totally stoked about the final result. I even frenched most of the seams, which made me feel like I maybe I actually know a little something about sewing. Ta da!
I think this blouse would also work belted or tucked in just in front with a lower waisted skirt or pants or even jeans. Great under jackets. Versatile and easy.
*My favorite sewing blogs and websites: The Sew Convert, Tilly and the Buttons, Burda Style. And I'm always on the lookout for more so please suggest away!