A Birdie Blouse

I decided to make a blouse yesterday, the weather was too inclement for gardening so a sewing day was called for! After a quick perusal through my fabrics I chose a fine cotton with a pretty bird pattern on it. I bought it at Guthrie and Ghani a couple of years ago during one of my trips to Birmingham to see Helen.DSC_0164 (2)

I wanted to make an Aster blouse, which is a pattern by Colette, I’ve had it in my stash for a while now, just waiting for the right time to try it. There are three versions of sleeve, long, short or frilly and a choice of tucked or not on the front. As it’s such a fine cotton (put it this way, it’s much lighter than a Liberty tana lawn!) I decided to do untucked but with frilly sleeves, a bit of a brave choice for me as I’m not usually a frilly person, they tend to annoy me! Luckily they’ve come out more loose than frilly!

The first challenge was deciding what size to do, I always find this a bit difficult with Colette patterns, maybe because I tend to come out at a size 8-10, which just doesn’t seem right! I studies the finished size more than the measurements bit and decided on a size 10 at the top, grading out to a 12 for the waist and hips. I have to admit that size-wise it’s come out pretty well.

The blouse went together pretty easily, I learnt a new way of stitching a yoke in which involved stitching all the shoulder and back seams and then turning it out through the arm, much easier and neater than hand sewing either the back or the shoulder lining.DSC_0145

The neck is bound with bias,I didn’t have any suitable ready made so I cut a length of bias and then, as it was so fine, I folded it it half length ways and stitched it a bit like quilting binding, just turned it all the way it and then edge-stitched it.

The only bit I’m not 100% on is the centre front. At first I thought I’d made a mistake as the two sides didn’t come together with a neat V, however having looked at the picture that is how it’s meant to be, with a little straight in the centre.DSC_0142 (2)

I french seamed where possible and used a very narrow hem for the sleeves and the main hem. I decided to use vintage mother of pearl buttons for the front, so they don’t entirely match, I chose ones which were the same size with four holes. I quite like having a bit of variety.DSC_0148

This blouse has grown on me in the final stages, it’s very easy to wear, it looks OK either in or out, though I think I prefer it in, it also looks like a blouse I can dress up or down. Of course the weather has suddenly turned distinctly autumnal, so it may not get worn til next summer now!DSC_0146 (2)


About craftycreeky

I live in a busy market town in Yorkshire with my husband, kids, dogs and chickens. I love trying new crafts, rediscovering old ones, gardening, walking...anything creative really I started this blog after my New Year resolution worked so well. My resolution (the first one I've ever kept!) was to post a photograph of my garden on Facebook every day. My hope was that I would then see what was good in the garden and not just weeds and work, which was my tendency. The unexpected side-effect was that I have enjoyed many more hours in the garden. I am hoping that 'The Crafty Creek' will have the same effect. Happy creating!
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13 Responses to A Birdie Blouse

  1. Lisa at Greenbow says:

    I think this is sweeet. I love the sleeves and the vneck with buttons down the front. Good job!

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  2. Ann Creek says:

    Looks lovely and cool. Did you persuade Ken to be the photographer ? xxx

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  3. CurlsnSkirls says:

    Lovely blouse! (But cannot conceive of lawn even lighter than Liberty!)

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  4. Laura says:

    What a sweet blouse! I love it!

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  5. tialys says:

    I have this pattern but, without going upstairs to look, I can’t remember for the life of me whether I’ve made it yet or not. The cotton lawn you used does look exceedingly fine although you don’t appear to have had to resort to wearing a vest underneath. It looks very cute with your denim skirt and I hope you will have the opportunity to wear it again this year before your weather ‘turns’.

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  6. trkingmomoe says:

    Really a nice blouse pattern. Perfect for summer weather.

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  7. anne54 says:

    Perfect pattern and material choice! It looks good, and I agree that it is best when tucked in. Well done you.

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  8. That’s a very cute blouse and looks great on you!

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  9. kathyreeves says:

    That material works great with that pattern, such a nice job sewing! Hope that you get a little more summer do you can wear it a few times.

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  10. rosejasm says:

    That is stunning! You are a very talented at sewing

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