Sewing Projects 35: The “What is a Weekend?” Blouse


Originally written for, and posted at, The Sew Weekly. Theme: Gatsby
The Facts
Fabric: Blue poplin from Lisette collection $7, green cotton for contrast $4
Pattern: “Sisters of Edwardia Blouse” by Steph C!
Year: 1920s inspired
Notions: Invisible zipper $1
Time to complete: 8 hours (all 3 Back to the Future movies and then some)
First worn: For pictures
Wear again? Most likely
Total price: ~$12

So I think I’ve stretched on this theme a little bit. Downton Abbey has only just reached the 20’s but I had no other ideas going. I’ve been holding on to this fabric for a while now waiting to fit it into a challenge. I thought it was about dang time to let it out!

The print is reminiscent of the Iznik tiles in Turkey – which I saw on my holiday there in 2005. So I almost brought it out for the “On Holiday” challenge. And it’s also one of the few floral/nature prints I have, so I almost whipped it out for that challenge! But no. It had to be this one because a) Steph recently rleased the pattern for this Downton Abbey inspired blouse and b) well…all I’ll say is “Turkish Gentleman” and I’m sure fans of the show will know what I mean. It’s from the first episode but it remains a running joke amongst the fandom, doesn’t it?

My colors are much brighter than the two blouses this one is based on, but I don’t think they’re out of step for the era. I wanted to go with a periwinkle contrast for the bands but I couldn’t find one that came remotely close to matching. But it was fine because I happened to have a shorter, green invisible zip already.

This challenge was not as full of “win” as the last two, but it wasn’t a total loss. I like the blouse, I’ll just probably make the size 30 next time, instead of the 35. It’s a bit too loose, but I still like it.

Also I got ice cream after the photoshoot, so that’s a win.

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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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