Hello gang! Today I want to share one of my latest makes, a cropped blouse with a studded collar. I hope you guys like it as much as I do! Let’s talk about the pattern first!
The blouse pattern is from the Spring/Summer 2014 edition of the Burdastyle Easy magazine, a special edition of the normal Burdastyle mag which comes out only a couple of times a year. Since it’s quite hard to get hold of the patterns later on (they’re not published digitally as the normal Burdastyle pattern are, as far as I know), I always make sure to get my hands on these mags. The patterns are always pretty simple, but pretty and combined they make a beautiful capsule wardrobe collection.
I really love the cropped blouse (pattern 1K in the summer 2014 issue) and since I have never properly tackled shirt collars before, this was the perfect project.
The blouse has got raglan sleeves which end at the elbow and the hem ends just below the waist.
Luckily, I had pretty similar fabric in my stash. I got it from the Mr’s granny who recently moved houses and found a massive stash of vintage fabrics and patterns she gave me (yay!). I am not quite sure where it is from and when she bought it, but I will ask her next time I see her.
The fabric has very fine dark blue and white stripes and at first I thought it was linen. It was not. I didn’t notice until the blouse was all sewn together and I was working on the collar. When giving the collar a final press, it actually melted. Yeah. It waited to do that until it was completely finished and then BOO! That mean bastard. It even left an imprint on my ironing board which smiles at me now every time I use it. After that fiasko the collar was also shrunk and absolutely unusable. I cut out a new one (luckily, I had enough fabric) and started again. This time I was super careful and did everything perfectly. Well, it just wasn’t my day. When I finally wanted to attach the collar to the blouse it was about 4cm too short for the neckline. I almost had a nervous breakdown. It was past midnight and I just wanted to get this over with. But there was no way of attaching a collar that wouldn’t match up with the neckline. I went to bed knowing I would have to cut out a third collar without knowing what had gone wrong.
Guess what? Next morning I had the brilliant idea to just try it again, before cutting out a new one. I gave it another good press and started pinning. The seams matched up perfectly. I still don’t know what happened, but I was super happy, that much I can tell you! I still stick to the theory that there is a Tim Gunn living somewhere in my closet, who comes out when I sleep and secretly fixes my sewing mistakes. I so hope that this is true.
I was so happy that before sewing the collar closed, I had the idea of adding some embellishment. I remembered that I had some studs lying around somewhere and then just gave it a go.
I interfaced the corners of the collar before adding the studs. Not my best work, as the fabrics wobbles a bit where the studs are, but I am quite happy with the result.I am still ot sure whether I like the studs and white buttons together, but darker buttons looked even worse and I had none that would match the studs. Should I ever find some that are the perfect match, I can simply change them.The Fit:
I absolutely love the fit of the blouse. I did not make any alterations this time and the pattern came together easily. The blouse is super comfy and quite flattering when you wear it with a tight skirt. I might have to make some pencil skirts now in some plan colours, so I can wear this baby to work.
Will I make it again? Yes, I think so. I already have fabric and plans for another one. But first I want to make some more fitted, high-waisted skirts to wear with the blouse. I am really really happy with the result. It’s a fantastic pattern and the collar is perfect for embellishing. I’m thinking about contrast-colour, sequing or beads next time!
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