Saturday, September 06, 2008

The Basics


I always need white shirts. Always. No matter how many I have in my closet, I invariably find that the blouses I have aren't *quite* what I need for a certain outfit, or that my favorites have worn out. I decided to make a less detailed blouse this time, a blouse that I could wear with sweaters, under jackets, etc.



Using Simplicity 4499 as my base pattern, I used a puffed sleeve from a McCall's pattern. I omitted the collar and instead drafted a "facing" that I applied to the outside. As an afterthought, I added several rows of topstitching:



An after-after thought was a topstitched belt, carrying over the collar detail:



It seems strange to still be sewing for Summer, but Fall hasn't made even the slightest appearance in this area of the country!

13 comments:

  1. Sweet Shannon, if you come to Texas again, will you teach me how to make beautiful shirts like you?? :) I love the blouse... I too am always needing a white shirt!

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  2. Now that is one cute top, even if it is basic white! Love the facing details!

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  3. Gorgeous! As always... The top stitching adds a lot of interest.

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  4. Oh, What a cute shirt Shannon! I love the top stitching!

    *sigh* I wish it was still summer here in the PNW! I love my summer clothes!

    ~Nona

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  5. I LOVE this blouse!!!! So lovely!

    I'm with Lauren...I'd love for you to teach me how to make such lovely blouses:-)

    Have a blessed Lord's Day!

    Lots of love,
    Sommer...who also is not seeing any sign of fall just yet:-(

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  6. Beautiful top- I wish I was a quarter as talented as you! It is hot enough here that I am finding it hard to abide the "no white shoes after labor day" rule.

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  7. Thank you for your kind words! I wish I felt I deserved them :-)

    Nona, want to trade places for the winter? I'm definitely not a summer girl ;-)

    Lara, I figure that Florida is the land of eternal summer, so I don't pay attention to the Labor day rules -- of course, I don't have any white shoes right now, anyway! ;-)

    Thank you so much for your comments!

    Yours in Christ,
    Shannon

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  8. Another beautiful creation by one of the best seamstresses I know. Ah well, at least you are inspiring me. :D

    Maria Pauline

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  9. What types of fabric do you use for your white blouses? I made a white blouse this summer and used a "white on white" small print to try to get something less see through. But now it doesn't match my printed skirts... Any suggestions? I have been really blessed by seeing the different blouses that you've made. It's been inspiring! Thanks!
    ~Michelle in CA where it's also still hot :)

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  10. Michelle, for this blouse I used muslin (I think! I really can't remember exactly what it was, but I'm pretty sure). Natural-colored undergarments have almost eliminated my problems with see-through blouses (within reason, of course!). I also have a medium-weight 100% cotton sheet from a local charity shop that will make a nice blouse or two!

    I hope that helps! I've had the same trouble with finding white fabric that isn't too see-through.

    Yours in Christ,
    Shannon

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  11. Very lovely! I really like the top-stiching.

    Ashley~of Bowery Hollow

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  12. You have such a gift for sewing, you really did a beautiful job. :)

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  13. Shannon, your new blouse is beautiful! Just the style I like. Simple, classic, feminine. If only I had the gumption you have! :)

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