And last week, that opportunity came knocking.
But this blouse needed something more.
More, as in a false placket, mother of pearl buttons, and self-fabric ties. Oh, and lace. Lace, at last!
The fabric is a cotton shirting that I bought at JoAnn's, after waiting patiently for a 50% off Red Tag sale. I love the woven stripe-and-diamond pattern; it's subtle, but adds a lot of texture. I think I intended it for a Regency gown at the time, but it's been several years and I don't foresee making one any time soon.
The lace is a perfect match, tucked into the placket and into the self-bias around the armholes and neckline. I opted for a gathered neckline for this blouse. Two fabric ties are concealed under the placket, providing just enough shaping. I'm finding in this pregnancy that I much prefer "shapeless" tops that can be cinched in with a belt of some sort. "Permanent" waistbands (whether elastic or not) have a tendency to be too tight, too loose, too high, or too low. Already I need to re-do a belt I made earlier in my pregnancy, as it's become a bit too snug around the ribcage to be comfortable while I'm sitting!
Little did I realize that this post would turn out to be quite the process:
- Make blouse
- Make beige camisole to wear under blouse (to conceal navy blue maternity skirt panel)
- Iron blouse
- Set up camera on tripod
- Go back in the house to get the camera remote, which the baby made you forget
- Take pictures
- Check results and take more pictures
- Tote camera and tripod back into the house
- Rub Tiger Balm on the seven mosquito bites acquired in as many minutes while taking pictures outside
- Upload, edit, and resize photos.
- Write blog post. Though I'm considering including this with Step 10, just because an even ten is so nice. Oh well. At least eleven is symmetrical.