Wednesday, February 25, 2015

FO: Minnie Blouse

minniefo minniefo4minniefo3 minniefo2

In preparation for my Matcha blouse, I decided to make a functional muslin in some medium-weight cotton I inherited from Sparklepants' stash. I fell in love with this step of the process during ballgown, when I constructed a fully lined and finished version of the bodice before I cut into my final yardage. It gave me more confidence in my techniques, and helped me figure out some of the nitty-gritty construction details in $3/yard cotton instead of $60/yard silk.

Although this weight of cotton isn't usually suited to garment sewing, this classic print seemed in keeping with the '40s aesthetic of the blouse. It has a cute, Minnie Mouse vibe to it, without being too frilly or costumey, and the bright print keeps it from veering too far into scrubs territory.

minnie2 IMGP2157

It just so happens that I had these buttons in my stash, bought during a trip down to the LA garment district a few years ago, as well as matching thread and interfacing left over from the fashion show in 2013. I wanted to make this entire project out of stash, and I succeeded!

Overall, I think this will become a summer wardrobe staple - the shape is very flattering, the fit is neat but comfortable, and the length is good for wearing with jeans or skirts.

Pattern: Colette Patterns Sencha
Size: Size 6 shoulders, graded to a size 2 waist (with size 6 length & waist line)

Modifications: No significant changes other than the size mods. A lot of people have commented that the neckline is a bit too high, but I didn't have a problem with it.

My measurements, for reference:
Full bust - 36.5 inches
Underbust - 29.5 inches
Usual bra size - 30DD/E
Waist - 28.5 inches

1 comment:

Kat Riddell said...

That's super cute! I have a red dress with white polka dots, and I'm always surprised by how wearable and flexible the pattern is. Can't wait to see how the final blouse turns out!