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 – under construction

Yes the flutter dress is under construction. I’ve almost completed the top (have to add the sleeve facings), the skirt is largely finished (I opted to have an A-line shape to the skirt with soft pleats replacing the darts for shaping). Remember the self tie idea from my last post? I think I’m going to abandon that and just add a smart belt to finish the look. All that’s needed is attaching the top and skirt together before adding the zip (I’m putting in an invisible zip) and hand finishing.

So far this dress has been an easy sew. I’m looking forward to finishing the flutter dress and showing you the end result in the not too distant future.

Flutter dress – concept

My next sew is Vogue 9021 (dress B) made up in the paisley print rayon shown above. Both items were purchased from Fab Fabrics (pattern was $5 on sale and the fabric an astounding $10 per metre)

Vogue 9021 is an easy to sew, multi sized pattern. It was the flutter sleeves that enticed me to add this to my wardrobe. The main challenge with the design concept of this dress is that I don’t suit the ‘straight’ skirt style. I need room to move in the tummy/hips/thigh area. So… I’m going to change the shape of the skirt to a slight ‘A line, without compromising the look of the dress too much. I might even add a self tie belt to help enhance the new shape.