Now, I know I had planned to make Lady Mary's Armistice blouse and skirt as my first Sew Cinematic projects; however, Lady Edith had other plans. Like the oft overlooked middle child she is, Lady Edith piped up and demanded the attention that she felt was her due when I brought home this fabric:
When I saw it in the store, it immediately brought to mind Stephanie's beautiful version of Lady Edith's floral blouse. I love that blouse and have wanted to make my own for quite a while. Initially, I struggled with finding the right pattern before choosing View A from Butterick 8477, with a few modifications. I didn't want an exact duplication of the blouse, rather a nod to Lady Edith's style.
Prior to the Sew Colette Sew-Along, I would have definitely have shied away from picking 'difficult' fabrics, such as this poly-rayon blend. Working through the handbook has really boosted my confidence and made me trust myself more than before.
I love the silky feel, the drape, and the floral pattern of this fabric. While it does fray like mad, I found it not nearly as tricky to sew with as I had imagined. I went slowly and carefully and used lots of pins. I definitely plan to sew with this type of fabric again.
I am very happy with how this blouse turned out and really liked working with Butterick 8477. I love middy blouses and only made few modifications to this one: eliminating the hem band, lengthening the sleeves, and adding Jasmine's cuff to the sleeves.
In homage to Lady Edith's style, I paired this blouse with my Meringue skirt, black tights, and Edwardian-inspired shoes. I would happily wear this outfit to work or pair it with capris and ballet flats for a more casual look.
Next up for That's Sew Cinematic: Larita's Easy Trousers.
What are you working on for the sew-along? Who are your cinematic inspirations?
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Franken Pattern Stats:
Butterick 8477: 1 use
Colette Jasmine: 1 combination