completed: colette violet blouse

12 Oct

i know what you’re thinking – how the heck did i finish this blouse so freakin’ fast!? lol if by “fast” you really mean “slow.” let’s start this post with a confession: i started this blouse over a month ago, stitched up to the point of near-completion, then set it aside for other projects. for a MONTH now it’s been staring at me, one-sleeved & pathetic. i’m so glad i got this out of the way – i was beginning to think i could actually hear it whimpering!

violet blouse

so here is my second piece for my fall wardrobe! colette’s violet, made with a vintage cotton-rayon blend (that i picked up for a dollar! nyah nyah!). i interfaced the facings & collar with muslin, rather than fusible interfacing – i hate that stuff! hate hate hate! the inside seams are bound with self-bias tape, and i rearranged the buttons to include only 6, since that’s all i had and i reeeeally like these buttons a lot.

violet blouse - up close & personal

i only made a couple of changes to the fitting – for some reason, the darts were hanging out next to my underwire. lolwut. of course, i’d already sewn up/serged the blouse (aka my ~wearable muslin~), so i unpicked as best i could & repositioned them to reach the sky. they still aren’t *quite* in the proper place but i just can’t deal anymore today. i also took in the side seams a little – maybe another 1/2″ or so?

violet blouse - side

to be honest, i’m not thrilled with the fit of this blouse. i don’t like the loose fit, i’m more of it if-i-can-squeeze-into-this-then-it-fits kinda girl. i may end up redrafting the back piece to lay un-gathered & then pop a few vertical bust darts in the next version.

violet blouse - sleeve

violet blouse - back

violet blouse & ginger skirt
here’s my outfit – with my ginger skirt!
my expression in this picture cracks me up. “well hi there!”

flat violet

handmade :)
remember those handmade tags i was working on? snuck one in πŸ™‚ i used speedball screen printing ink & muslin.

awesome buttons!

bias-bound facing
self-bound in bias tape

violet - untucked :(
untucked. i don’t plan on wearing it this way – see how sad it makes me? so sad!

FUN FACT: this pictures were taken in the same room as yesterday’s pictures. it is amazing how different this wall color looks depending on the light! today is rainy & grey, meh.

aaand i’m outta here.

violet blouse & ginger skirt


13 Responses to “completed: colette violet blouse”

  1. Molly October 12, 2011 at 11:35 pm #

    That’s really cute! I’m in a phase where I love blouses… In your “hi” picture you look like a tiny doll! LOL

  2. Debi October 13, 2011 at 2:16 am #

    I love this blouse so much! What a great print ! You look fabulous!!! And I must say I really love your hair in that style πŸ™‚

  3. thirdtimeluckydesigns October 13, 2011 at 5:53 am #

    Very cute! It looks great with your ginger skirt. And your hair is amazing!

  4. Suzie October 13, 2011 at 5:54 am #

    Yup, didn’t mean to post as ‘thirdtimelucky’ as that doesn’t really exist at the mo…still working on it!

  5. sara October 13, 2011 at 8:50 am #

    I understand that you don’t like the “blousy” fit, but it sure makes your waist look tiny. I have rebelled against that same thing for years because my mom always made me tuck and “blouse” everything in middle school. Now, I’m coming around to the look, when done in a stylish way.

  6. Fiona October 15, 2011 at 12:05 pm #

    Oh wow – I love the fit of your blouse!! And the flower pattern is awesome. Great job!

  7. Jane October 18, 2011 at 3:52 pm #

    Ooh it’s lovely. I felt the same as you about the width of the blouse but it does look so much better tucked in. If I was to wear mine untucked (which I never intend to) I’d look about 90 years old, just dreadful and sad, very sad! x

  8. Crystal October 19, 2011 at 3:31 pm #

    The blouse turned out great and is such a neat print for fall. I do hope you wear it a lot, even though the fit isn’t your favorite. It’s good to have a variety of looks and I think that style is meant to be tucked in to cute Ginger skirts anyway!

  9. Scruffybadger October 27, 2011 at 2:32 pm #

    I’ve been meaning to pop over to see you esp when I think I read in some comments that we even share same brand machines – Pfaff & Babylock ? Anyhow, I’m really loving your blog & your style. Don’t tell anyone but I’ve also weakened and bought the violet recently & am making a ginger – I totally love your violet! I know what you mean about the blousey effect, but enough people have said how awesome & vintage it looks tucked in. You look fab. Can’t wait to make mine now – just need to get finished on ginger & maybe my clovers too ….

    • lladybird October 27, 2011 at 2:51 pm #

      yay, sewing machine twin! πŸ™‚ pfaffs & babylocks are the best, don’t you agree? πŸ˜‰

  10. Maggie October 30, 2011 at 4:05 pm #

    I really *love* the fit of this blouse (tucked, of course) on you and the print is so pretty. What a deal on that fabric! Awesome tags too!


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