Done and done: The yellow ruffle blouse

20160828_125528This is take two on this Burda PDF pattern. I wasn’t 100 per cent happy with my first, gingham version of this blouse, so I decided to make it again in this fun, drapey black and yellow print, which I stabilized the heck out of.

20160828_125602I’m particularly excited about this blouse for several reasons: The sheerness means it can be fun for a night out with a bandeau bra, or breezy for work layered over a cami. This fabric also matches the Hong Kong binding in my beautiful yellow jacket.

I also altered the pattern to make the fit breezier as the fabric is very  flowey and light. I decided to take out the vertical darts at the waist to make the front boxier and generally roomier. I also decided to round the hem and make the back much longer than the front in order to cover my bum. (Hello, leggings!)

20160828_125613The last little tweak I added was using matching covered buttons and using a lot of them. I wanted to make the ruffle-front look very victorian and I think I succeeded. I think I love this pattern so much now, I may make this top again in plaid for fall! We shall see…

3 thoughts on “Done and done: The yellow ruffle blouse

  1. […] The black and yellow ruffle blouse. This should have been in the “best” category. Actually, it would have been the very best of 2016 if not for several flaws, all of which have to do with the crappy fabric I decided to make it with. I should have known that anything on sale for $3 a metre could not be any good. I fell for the little yellow rosettes, however and laboured over the shifty, fray-ey fabric. It was awful to work with. Even after stabilizing it with gelatine, it was a pain to cut. Even after serging all of the raw edges, it frayed. The self-covered buttons not only frayed, but popped off. More than once. Finishing the ruffles with the rolled hem foot was nearly impossible on the curves. But it was light, and easy to wear and so comfy and I loved it for those hot end-of-summer days. I wore this top at least once a week all through September gingerly airing it as I knew even hand washing it would be the end of it.  So now, this poor blouse sits in my closet. […]

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