Monday, May 30, 2011

Blouse: Colette Violet.

I finished this blouse, using the Violet pattern from Colette Patterns, just in time to wear it to a small birthday celebration for Joe yesterday. For my first try at a new pattern, I'm really, really pleased with it.

Colette Violet Blouse
Blousy and tucked into a skirt.

I took a chance with the contrasting collar and sleeve binding, and it's funky, but I like it! Everything in this blouse came from my stash, even the buttons. 

I made it in a size 6, to fit my bust measurement, but I did have some second thoughts even at the cutting phase, knowing that this top is very blousy. When I make it again, which I definitely will, I will cut it out in a size 4. I actually really like the billowy cut, but it's a little wide in the shoulders. Also, next time I will use a softer, lighter interfacing - the collar and facings are a bit stiff (which is why it didn't press completely flat, sigh). And I wish I hadn't faced it in white - it's really noticeable around the collar. Live and learn.

But we sewists tend to dwell on the flaws, don't we? The thing is, if I found this at a thrift store, I would buy it in a heartbeat, and love it for all its flaws. So I think that's a success!

Colette Violet Blouse.
Untucked and casual for a party.

This blouse has so much potential for modifications. You could square off the collar, or even omit it. Or what about a 1930s scalloped collar? Drool.

I also like the idea of making it longer and adding a few patch pockets near the hem, like a Beatnik artists' smock.

Yes, I do believe I will get my money's worth from this pattern.

1 comment:

  1. I love the contrasting trim - the buttons really pull it all together :)


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