|Colette Violet detail|
I bought this red polka-dot fabric (rayon chiffon, I think?) in a little fabric shop in Ashland, OR...coincidentally, the same shop that turned me on to Colette patterns in the first place. I didn't know what I'd do with it, but thought this little peter pan blouse would be adorable. I discovered three things while I was making this piece:
1. I absolutely hate working with sheers,
2. non-fitted blouses just aren't my thing,
3. armscyes are the devil.
I fought with this blouse a bit...okay, to be honest I nearly tore it to pieces in frustration.
I started with a size 4, but the shoulder was quite wide, so I made it a bit narrower (is that a word?). The armscye was all wrong for me and had to be re-cut, with sleeves to match. Then I tried on the blouse and just hated the boxiness of it, so I added waist darts. I don't know exactly what I did, but by the time I was ready to hem, the bottom of this blouse was nowhere near straight. Guess my novice seamstressing and the loose weave of the fabric combined to spell disaster. So, I put the darned thing on the dress form and eyeballed a shaped hem (like the bottom of a men's dress shirt). It turned out quite nicely and I just love wearing it with jeans.
Pattern: Colette Violet
Size: 4, with alterations
Fabric: rayon chiffon from Fabric of Vision in Ashland, OR