I have been secretly following Me-Made-May for the past couple of years. This year I am gonna make the leap and participate. I have been knee-deep in marking papers, creating exams, and other professorial duties that I am sewing at the speed of a snail. Well, the end of the semester is nigh and I want to sew. Then, model my makes (IRL) for MMM '14 -- Pinterest board and all!
I, Annie at The Enantiomer Project, sign up as a participant of Me-Made-May '14. I endeavour to wear at least 3 of my garments each week for the duration of May 2014
Experiment: The Afternoon Blouse
Materials: 1-1.5 yards of polka dot cotton
Large red button
I love Jennifer Lauren's Afternoon Blouse. Assembling the pdf pattern, cutting the fabric, and sewing it up was such fun.
I know I have said it before but for my sanity, I need to reiterate: I have been soooooooooo busy. I have been struggling to find 30-minutes to sew a day. I needed a quick pick me up and decided yesterday that the Afternoon Blouse was perfect. Where was this project when I began sewing: no darts, no setting sleeves!?! The trickiest part is attaching the facing but if you go slow, its easy-peasy. Jennifer's directions are great and would be most helpful to a new seamstress.
It did come together in less than an afternoon. A little bit of hand stitching and, voila!, I had an Easter blouse.
Forgive the wrinkles, I have been wearing it all morning. It really is a versatile staple. You can dress this blouse up or wear it with a pair of skinny jeans. My Easter ensemble consisted of a pair of striped RTW pants from ages ago with the my new polka dot blouse. The red button really brings it together. And I get to wear red shoes!
I liked this blouse so much that I raided my stash and yesterday evening cut out another version. This is really unheard of for me. Usually, I like to digest a pattern and think about what I can do to improve or wait to sew another version when creativity slaps me in the face. Do I hear TMS double challenge calling?
Besides being an easy sew, another feature I love is the button! For my next blouse, I want to find a unique button. Something science-y or maybe a teacup or teapot button. If anybody knows where to get unique buttons, please let me know! After an early morning Easter egg hunt, church, and breakfast, my little family and I walked around our neighborhood to take pictures.
I highly recommend the Afternoon Blouse. Its my latest pattern crush. Who doesn't like a quick beautiful vintage-inspired sew? Hope the Easter Bunny was good to you. I will leave you with a priceless picture of my son's first encounter with the Easter Bunny (He has since refused to meet Santa, the Easter Bunny, or any mascot!). I shared this make here.
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