Saturday, November 12, 2011

Two Colette Blouses: The Violet and the Jasmine

I'm calling this a wearable muslin--I did it to check the fit and the construction before using nice fabric. It went together beautifully, and the center back and front seams are a lovely and easy shaping detail. No buttons or zipper, for you faint of heart!

Made up in a hilariously old-lady crepey fabric from a box of sewing goodies. I suspect it's all polyester; it's certainly spongy and it doesn't hold a pressing.

My favorite detail, and one I will lift for other garments, is the little center-front loop that the ties thread through. Makes them lie perfectly!

And Colette's Violet blouse, in a medium-weight linen. This blouse is cut much looser, with a dart for shaping, and a back yoke.

First I made it up according to the pattern, and then I decided for the seven thousandth time that I can't really stand to wear collars, so I cut it off. I used the bold method of standing in front of a mirror in the shirt and drawing on myself with a ballpoint pen; going to the sewing room and cutting on the line; and then binding everything with some bias binding.

Leaving my raspberry candy buttons intact, of course.


SewRuthie said...


Hana - Marmota said...

Now I love the Jasmine blouse even more... It looks like the perfect blouse for me - no buttons! - and the loop really seems like an ingenius detail.

Deanna Rabe - Creekside Cottage Blog said...

Those are both lovely, Anna.

Lisa said...

Both very nice!


Margo said...

Inspiring, especially the alteration!
I think I would would make the Jasmine in something nautical. You've set me to thinking.

Anonymous said...

so pretty!

Suzanne said...

I actually like the polka dots! With a slim skirt and pillbox hat, darling:-)

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