Sewing Projects 9: The “Irish Buds” Blouse


Originally written for, and posted at, The Sew Weekly. Theme: Green
The Facts
Fabric: 1 yrd of green silk chiffon $16
Pattern: Lisette for Simplicity 2211
Year: 2011
Notions: Nothing but thread
Time to complete: ~6 hours (6 episodes of Star Trek)
First worn: Sunday to a lecture
Wear again? Most assuredly
Total price: $16

I have a lot of green fabrics. A lot! This silk is the most expensive fabric I have ever purchased and I still feel a little guilty about it. But it’s gorgeous and I couldn’t live without it…or its sister colorway, purple.

I’ve known for a while that I wanted to make this into the “Market” blouse, I just had to find the right time. When Tilly of Tilly and the Buttons proposed another “One Week, One Pattern” I knew the time had probably come. When Mena asked everyone if it’d be cool to switch the Pantone week with a Green week I knew it was meant to be and I got to work! And I just now realized that with the orange buds this fabric is sort-of Irish, hence the title.

I finished all the seams with French seams, including the arm holes – which is difficult, but I’d done it twice before. I skipped the arm cuff because I used the selvage edge and I thought fluttery sleeves would be a neat change. I also altered the collar band into a peter pan collar – which I’ve been wanting to do on some pattern for ages and finally decided this was the time!! The lightness of the fabric makes it look a bit fluttery, which I guess is ok but it also wrinkles like anything so it’s not as crisp as I’d like.

Here’s a close-up on the fabric so you can see the little buds, or berries, or whatever they are.

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About EBS

Museum curator, nerd, chronic watcher of TV show marathons, married to a soccer hooligan, vegetarian, obsessive sewer.
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5 Responses to Sewing Projects 9: The “Irish Buds” Blouse

  1. Ria says:

    That’s a really nice pattern, and I like the fabric you used for it. I haven’t tried anything as fancy as making myself clothes yet (I’m still fairly new to sewing), but seeing that blouse and seeing how little time it took to complete is certainly inspirational!

  2. 7cakes says:

    Ooooh! I love that top! I really want to make one like it =D

    • ebarrett3 says:

      Thanks! It’s quite easy now that I’ve done it a few times. Using French seams – or some other sort of bound seam – really makes sewing with sheer fabrics work.

  3. Pingback: One Week, One Pattern: Day 7 | The Cataloguer

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