… or my love of sewing at any rate!
I popped into our local HobbyCraft last weekend to pick up some back-to-school supplies for the monkeys and saw this fabric. I’ve never purchased fabric here before, and it certainly wasn’t cheap, but on a whim I bought it 😉
After my last, excruciating make, this lovely, crisp bolt of fabric just wouldn’t let me walk on by.
I wasn’t too sure what to make with it, but flicking through my patterns, I happened upon Colette’s Sencha. I’ve made this once before, see here and couldn’t quite remember why I hadn’t made another. Half way through I remembered, all the hand sewing, that’s why… I did consider ignoring the instructions and machine stitching the sleeves, but as I’d already sewn up the side seams, it was too late! I must remember to do them first next time.
This time around, I plumped for version 2, deciding to tackle those dastardly button holes. I had a trial run on a scrap piece of fabric and then went for it. Not sure what I was scared of really, if you have an automatic buttonhole foot the machine really does do all the work for you 🙂 The only nerve-wracking bit was slicing through with my scissors. Sharon of Petiteandsewing suggested getting a buttonhole chisel (thank you), and I have one on my ‘birthday wish list’ for the end of next month, so fingers crossed! I’ve clearly positioned them a little too far in, but other than that I’m pretty pleased with them.
This print is a little busy for me, but I still couldn’t resist a little, lace trim. Seriously, I think it must be linked to my sweet tooth gene. I simply can’t resist, and it did match up really well…
I paired it with some dark, denim jeans in these photos which calms the print down a little. I’m not fully convinced it’s really me, but it was a pure pleasure to sew with, which I think I deserved after my last project. Maybe next time I’ll try it untucked. And now, I even match my header 😉
13 thoughts on “Wearing my heart on my sleeve…”
Very pretty blouse and big high five for doing the buttonholes. Keeping my fingers crossed for your birthday wish list.
Thanks Sharon, there are a few sewing- related items on there 🙂
How cute! I think you can pull off the busy print. Congratulations on your buttonholes! I’m off to research what a buttonhole chisel is… Never heard of that! I just use my trusty unpicker!
Thank you! I used a really small pair of scissors that came free with Molly Makes many moons ago. I presume the end of the chisel is the right length/shape and just gives you a little more control? I’ll let you know if I find it useful..
I really like it. Looks very elegant in a fun way!
Thank you! One of those that might have been more fun to make than wear, but time will tell…
What a fabulous vintage style print – I think I’m going to have to see if I can get it online as I’ve fallen in love with it a little bit! Lovely as a blouse:)
Thank you! It is a lovely print, I couldn’t resist.
I’ve only recently heard of a button hole chisel. I usually use my seam ripper but it can result in messy button holes and I’m always scared of ripping straight through the button hole. I think I need to try to find one and see how it does. I love that shirt– the print is very fun.
Thank you! I’m looking forward to trying one too. Using scissors, even small ones did make them a little messy.
I do love a fun fabric that jumps out at you and this one works really well with the pattern. I am intrigued by the button hole chisel too!
Thank you. I meant to plan my Autumn projects a little more carefully, but best laid plans and all that 😉
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