I’ve been thinking of sewing this blouse for about a year. Paola, an ex-colleague and friend of my mom, gave me some fabrics her mother had hoarded over years, mainly over 70’s-80’s-90’s (I already sewed a dress with one of these vintage fabrics, see my Leini Dress).
It was love at first sight with this silk fabric, probably from 70’s!
I had got about 70 cm (black edge included), so I had to make something very simple, with very few cuts.
Hence I got the idea for a blouse made by two pieces only, front and back bodice, with drop shoulder sleeves and V-neckline. Drop shoulder sleeves and V-neckline bring me back to a white t-shirt my mom was used to wear over 70’s and ’80 and that she gave me afterwards…I loved it so much that I completely wore it out!
I designed the pattern on my own starting from a basic bodice without bust dart and adding 1 cm ease allowance. Then I drafted sleeves and neckline.
Before cutting the silk fabric I made a test garment in a polyester fabric I had in my stash that had the same drape. So I have two brand new blouses to wear this summer! :)
The sleeves are finished sewing a rolled hem up with serger and I used french seams for the inside. I finished the neckline with bias tape and topstitched it. I turned the hem up twice and topstitched it.
I tried to line the stripes up as better as I could, pinning a lot in some strategic points (practically I pinned all the stripes).
I’m very satisfied with this blouse! I’m more and more convinced that the right fabric choice is essential in making a beautiful garment and even the simpler garment can be unique and peculiar with the right mix of model and fabric.
And I’ve learned that if you have a printed silk (above all if vintage), you have to soak it in water plus white vinegar for some hours, otherwise the colours lose their brilliance and the fabric risk to stain (as it happened in this case, even if slightly thankfully). Water and white vinegar fix colours and makes them brighter.
We took these pictures in Como, in a beautiful May evening, during a stroll and before a happy hour by the lakeside at sunset.