Tuesday, March 20, 2012

That's Sew Cinematic: Lady Edith's Blouse


Source: tv.yahoo.com via Sarah on Pinterest



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

23 comments:

Melizza said...

What a gorgeous take on Lady Edith's blouse. The floral print works really well against the denim Meringue.

Annabelle said...

I think you have a great representation of Lady Edith's blouse! And it goes so well with your meringue skirt.

Stephanie Lynn said...

Love your version!!!!! I so need a middy blouse now! :)

Lisette said...

That blouse is so lovely! And the prints are so similar. I can't wait to see your version of Larita's trousers, I adore that movie!

Liz said...

That is gorgeous!

oonaballoona said...

gorgeous!!! i swear you can feel the drape of it on the screen.

Lavender said...

Lovely! That is THE perfect pattern for the Lady Mary b&w striped blouse I plan on making, from the scandalous episode :) I was considering self-drafting, but will scour my stash first.

kristenmakes said...

GIRL! How do you do it? You are so prolific!

Rachel W. said...

I think you nailed Lady Edith! The self-fabric sailor collar is a subtle, fun detail. This looks great on you!

I'm curious to re-watch seasons 1 and 2 now: I feel like Edith always gets dressed in prints, while Mary and Sybil are more often columns of solid color. I wonder, from a costuming perspective, what that's supposed to say about Edith and her relationships to the other characters?

Stacy @ Stacyverb said...

You did a great job! And the blouse looks fantastic with that skirt.

Miss Crayola Creepy said...

Gorgeous!!!! I love it paired with the Meringue!

Meg the Grand said...

I love it! It is a fabulous version of her blouse, and the fabric is just perfect. Bravo!! I'm excited about your trousers next!

puu said...

great use of the fabric, and brilliant pairing with that meringue. the whole thing makes for a lovely combo.

Rochelle New said...

It looks great!! Very comfortable and perfect for spring I might add ;)

Tors said...

Oooh, pretty florals for a pretty lady! It looks great on you!

Carol said...

This is such pretty fabric. I really like this blouse.

Nettie said...

So cute!! I love the whole look!

Alessa said...

Great blouse, the fabric is fabulous and I love the neckline! :)

Ali said...

Very pretty! I love the floral fabric and it fits you perfectly, so flattering. :)

prttynpnk said...

I love this! The floral is so crisp, you do the Granthams proud!

StephC said...

I love this! It looks fantastic! :)

Idoia Bilbao Parisse said...

That tuna blog! I like your looks, the shirt is precious! Greetings from Spain!
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sweet jane. said...

Your blouse is fantastic! (I love everything you've selected for Sew Cinematic, really.) I would not have guessed that a middy blouse could be so wearable, but it looks great and totally suited to a modern outfit. Lovely work!