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.

Meridian dress – the fabric

Had a successful fabric shopping experience at Fab Fabrics. I found the ideal fabric for my Meridian dress – this lovely 140cm wide rayon at an astounding sale price of $10 per metre. It has a lovely soft drape and a vintage inspired floral pattern. I think it will make up beautifully as a short sleeve, longer length Meridian dress.

Even though I’m making the Meridian dress to wear to a wedding – I think it will also be a perfect dress to wear to work, church or out to dinner.

That’s what I call versatile ‘investment sewing’!

Meridian dress – Part 1

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I’m starting my ‘return to blogland’ sewing journey with the signature style Meridian dress from Papercut Patterns based here in New Zealand.

I’ve borrowed the pattern from my daughter who made this dress in a black crepe, saving $30 and the headache of pdf printing + sticking bits of paper together. I’m a purpose sewer – I have to be sewing something to wear somewhere – and my goal is to have this dress finished and ready to wear to a wedding early next month.

My vision is to find a patterned rayon fabric with a lovely drape. There’s nothing suitable in the fabric stash (believe me, I’ve looked!) Time to go fabric shopping. There’s a new fabric store just opened up nearby Fab Fabrics that I’m very keen to check out.