Remember back in January when I made the Folkwear #210 Armistice Blouse for Maggie? When I was done making it for myself I thought “Hmmm…that was quick and easy and cute, and I have extra of the floral voile I used for the front panel. I should make one for me”.
So I cut one out, and got started on it, and then my schedule got overwhelmed with other sewing. The mostly-done blouse languished on my UFO pile for six months, while I waited for an excuse to finish it. Then the Sew Weekly ‘Red, White & Blue’ July 4th themed challenge came up, and I thought “Perfect!”. The little blue pattern on the voile is probably supposed to be flowers, but it has always reminded me of fireworks.
I didn’t end up finishing the blouse for the ‘Red, White & Blue’ challenge. Instead I finished a waaaaaaay older UFO, and dolled up the blouse front with elaborate insertion work for the ‘Embellishement’ challenge.
Sadly, I don’t love the blouse. It’s just too fussy and over-worked for me. It will do for historical, but not for something I wear on an everyday basis. At least I look happy in the photos. Shell came over and took pictures for me and teased me into having a good time with it! Good friends are the best.
At least I really like the skirt I’m wearing with the blouse: it’s a vintage piece that I found at an op-shop. It had a broken zip, a 27â€³ waist and 43â€³ hips, but I loved the details and the fabrics, so I took of the waistband, let out the waist, tailored in the hips to 39â€³ and put in a new zip. I finished it just in time for this photoshoot.
Just the facts, Ma’am:
Fabric: 1.3 metres of self-striped voile with a little tiny print that was probably supposed to be flowers, but looks like little fireworks to me (hence the title of this post, and why I wanted to use it for the Red, White & Blue challenge) left over from Maggie’s blouse. $16
Pattern: Folkwear #210 — the Armistice Blouse
Year: 1990s does 1910s (Folkwear claims this pattern is historical, but it’s not accurate)
Notions: 5 metres of white insertion lace ($3), 4 vintage snaps from an op shop (.4 cents — it was 5 cents for 5, and I used 4), a metre or so of twill tape (free- inherited from Nana), and a metre or so of silver-threaded bias binding left over from another project.
Hours: 5 (trying to cut out the insertion with fingers so swollen I could barely slip them through the embroidery scissors was not exactly fast).
Make again? Probably not.
First worn: Put it on. Sighed. Fussed with it. Took it off. Sighed. Postponed photos. Again. And Again.
Wear again? Probably only as a pseudo-historical garment. Maybe with a blue pencil skirt to teach.
Total cost: $19.04