monochrome blouse – create

The spring blouse has been aptly renamed the ‘monochrome blouse’. Although this is being sewn in our New Zealand spring time, the color palette has a monochromatic feel. It is taking shape – the fabric is cut and the interfacing is ironed on. I think it will be an interesting sew. At this point I’m still undecided about the type of button to choose – contrasting? clear? something else?

This blouse will be part of my work wardrobe. In the not too distant future, I’ll be making a 4 piece work suit consisting of a fitted, lined jacket with matching A line skirt, a pair of culottes and a pair of wide leg trousers. All made up in a black light weight gaberdine.

Why make so many pieces in dark, sombre black? where is the colour? Well… I like wearing blacks and greys. However, I will be introducing a pop of colour with a bright graphic floral print blouse.

Flutter dress – not so fluttery!

Completed the flutter dress and quickly fell out of love with it nearing the end. Why? I lost my enthusiasm for it… despite the drapey fabric, instead of fluttery goodness, it felt as if I had wings… bat wings. From that moment on, this project officially became a ‘painful sew’. Adding to this, was the huge sleeve opening which shows a lot of side boob (will definitely need a camisole/slip underneath), the wrestling that I had to make the sleeve facings behave when I hand sewed them in place + I’m seriously undecided about the adapted A line skirt. Without the addition of the belt, the dress looks and feels like a droopy, shapeless bag.

Ok, so will I wear it?? Hmm, maybe… I can’t see this dress existing in the wardrobe too long. On the plus side, I’m pleased that I didn’t give up and abandon this to the uncompleted projects pile. Verdict: a blah dress.

Next sew please!

Postscript: I wore this to school chapel last night and I’m happy to report that I enjoyed wearing the flutter dress teamed with a belt, jacket & heels. Second verdict: an ok dress