As I’m sure those of you in the sewing world have seen, the Made Up Initiative from Karen at Did You Make That? is well underway and it’s pretty amazing to see how much has been raised so far (£2,402.90 as I write this… all to benefit the National Literacy Trust)!! Way to be, sewing world. :D
My pledge was to finish (okay, start…) :/ the Sutton blouse I’ve been planning for B (my bff since about the 1st grade)… she is turning 30 later this month (aka joining the fun club!) so when she was over a few weeks ago to pupsit I left out a pile of fabrics and had her pick her favorite. She picked this “Watercolor Floral Polyester Chiffon” that I got on sale from Mood back in March. Funny thing is it’s one that I picked out specifically for her back then, but when it came it didn’t end up working for the project I had planned, so it’s been sitting in my stash ever since.
By the way… B, if you happen to be reading this… look away now!
Seriously… go away.
:) (love you!)
So anyway, it was meant to be for her to have something in this fabric and as soon as she chose it I thought… Sutton Blouse! Just so happened right around the same time the 1st Sewing Indie Month Pattern Bundle was on sale which included the Sutton Blouse. Decision made. :)
The fabric was a disaster to work with. It frayed everywhere and didn’t take to the iron very well at all. I haven’t worked with many lightweight fabrics like this either, so I’m sure that had something to do with it too.
I love all of the finishing techniques incorporated into this pattern. It was only my second time doing french seams (love!) and I also really liked how the hem corners came together (even though it took me about 3 tries to figure them out) :/
Despite my frustrations with the fabric, though, I really like how it turned out. I thought about color blocking but I’m glad I kept it simple.
Check out those insides! At a glance, I can barely tell it’s inside out :) I used a different fabric for the neckline bias binding (luckily! I think I would have gone crazy if I’d tried to use the main fabric). It’s a strip of the same fabric from my grandma stash that I used for my Anthro look-a-like tee last year (man… check out the difference in my photo quality from then to now… I’m nowhere near professional, but it’s definitely improved).
I’m so glad the Made Up Initiative gave me the push I needed to finish this before her birthday! She’ll have to wear something under it, but I think it’ll make a great teacher shirt! :D Hopefully it fits though… that’s always the hard part about gifts, and another reason I thought this pattern would be a good choice — plenty of ease!
So that’s about it for casual sewing for the next 2 months :) From here on out I’ll be in full Halloween mode! I’m so excited… here’s a peek of the fabric for one of the 6 costumes I have planned.
I’m sure you can guess ;)
Only 8 weekends left! Can it be done!? We shall see!
Let the countdown begin!
Until next time,