I finished the pink blouse I started last week, this is a record for me, I usually take much longer but the real reason was because I was hoping to get it finished in time for the deadline for the Natural Fabrics Contest on Pattern Review here. This is the first time I have entered a sewing contest, it was fun having a deadline to adhere to as it made me focus my mind to get it finished.
All entries had to be fabric that was natural, I chose 100% cotton, but I could have used silk, wool, linen etc.
This blouse is the first I have made in 20 years! lol I know I said that about the first dress I posted about last year, that was my first dress in 20 years and this is the first blouse in 20 years! I am so glad I still know how to follow the patterns.
Simplicity Pattern Cynthia Rowley 2215
Cut a size 12 with full bust alteration - more photos in previous post here
Fabric - 100% Cotton - £5 a metre
Fabric amount required for size 12 1.60 metres (1yd 3/4)
Also a first for me was attempting a Full Bust Alteration on a blouse, I had read a few blogs where people had said how nerve racking it was to do this for the first time and I can certainly agree as I too was nervous about trying this out. After I moved the bust point and altered the darts I was almost too nervous to cut into the fabric, I would have preferred to make a muslin but time would not allow.
I am so glad I overcame this fear because the blouse fits me perfectly, to say I was thrilled would be an understatement. I wish I had done this years ago as this is probably the best fitting blouse I have ever worn, there is plenty of room in the bust area and it fits nice and neat with no gaping across the bust, I am certainly going to make this blouse again, I love it.
I pre-washed the fabric and then I washed it again after I had completed the garment, I had used a dressmakers pencil for the buttonholes, unfortunately it was not the disappearing pencil so I had to re-wash it but it was nice to see just how good the fabric was to iron. I find some cottons always look creased but this ironed beautifully.
I have posted lots of photos below so that you can see the inside construction and the details.