Sunday, May 6, 2012

The Taffy Blouse & Lady Mary's Walking Skirt


I have finally finished my Taffy Blouse!  This was a great skill-building project, as I used a slippery poly-chiffon, which I also lined with an equally slippery rayon. I like the simplicity of the pattern; only three pieces are needed. 

Despite being a great learning experience, I do not like the blouse.   I love the fabric I used, but the full sleeves are not flattering on my wide shoulders.  I feel a bit like I should be doing the bogo pogo in Strictly Ballroom when I'd rather be dancing Fran and Scott's fantastic Paso Doble





I am, however, quite pleased with my version of Lady Mary's Walking Skirt. I picked up a few yards of green suiting for a steal and used  Butterick 5763 from my stash.  I love the ease of wrap skirts and the combination of the fabric and the bias cut has given it a beautiful drape.


I chose to make the skirt reversible and lined it in a complimentary green cotton pin dot.  I have always liked those cute reversible wrap skirts by Libby Dibby and it was high time I had my own.  The  just below the knee length is ideal for daily wear and the neutral green goes with several of my tops and blouses.


While my Taffy will not be worn again, my walking skirt certainly will.  I love the style and fit and plan on making a few more for my me-made wardrobe.

16 comments:

Stephanie Lynn said...

Any chance you could convert your taffy into a sleeveless top? The fabric is lovely.

And yay for Downton Abbey sewing! :)

Darling Petunia said...

Yeah, that is not my favorite blouse, either. That's too bad. Your skirt looks like something you'll wear a lot, though, nice job! I am determined to get back to my sewing, and I have a few slippery things I want to try. Eeek!

forwardmartha said...

I agree that the Taffy was a skill builder. After making my blouse I feel like I can conquer the world. Well, my corner anyway. It's not a shirt I would make again. I love your walking skirt. The color is a good choice, it's a two-for-one and it's very flattering on you.

Meg the Grand said...

I ADORE your skirt, and I love that it's reversible! I'm sorry the Taffy didn't work out like you had hoped, but like Stephanie mentioned above, maybe a sleeveless blouse instead? The fabric is very lovely and perfect for summer :)

Becky said...

That's a shame about the Taffy! Would it work to maybe shorten the sleeves, or make it sleeveless like Stephanie suggested?

That skirt is great, though. I love that you made it reversible!

Lindsey H said...

I love the skirt!

It's a shame about the top...the fabric is very pretty. Do you think you'll edit into something else or just call it a loss? I think that was the pattern I was the least excited about in the book. It might be something I'd make for a friend (and still learn from), but I think I'd have the same problem with the sleeves.

Sarah said...

Thank you so much, everyone, for all of your lovely comments. :) I think this Taffy blouse is a loss, though I am thinking it will look lovely on one of my friends.

I do have more of the gorgeous fabric, though, and plan on making a Truffle dress from it. :)

quietandsmalladventures said...

what about cutting the sleeves so they're more fluttery cap than fluttery long? that might rescue that gorgeous print.... the skirt is divine, btw....love the drape and it's reversible!! too cool!!

Johanna said...

You lined the Taffy? Ooh that's interesting, wonder how?
And I do love your skirt, it looks really good.
Sorry you didn't love the finished Taffy but it's great to learn anyway! :)

Yizz said...

Finally, someone has come out and said what I have thought all along. I haven't really seen one version of the Taffy that I have thought would look flattering on me, I don't like the fluttery sleeves of the over-sized neckline.
I used the tutorial in the book to make a Sorbetta top in a floaty sheer material and learnt lots. I loved the result but unfortunately the first time I wore it the cat managed to get three lovely pulls across the front with his claws, simply by sitting on my lap¬ Floaty material (and yours is gorgeous) is just not practical in my world :(

Heather Lou said...

I think your Taffy looks great on you but we are our own harshest critics.... I have so many projects languishing in my closet since they fall short in strange, nitpicky ways.

Miss Crayola Creepy said...

I think it looks so cute on you!!! You are zooming through all these sewing projects!!!!

Colleen said...

I have made three Taffys. I'm wearing one today, and I'm okay about it. I made one out of amazing fabric and I got so many compliments on it. One of my friends said that of all the things I've made for myself, she likes it best.

Here's the thing. The Taffy makes me feel weird when I wear it. I have pretty small shoulders so it's probably flattering for my body. But the way the sleeves move? It's just creepy.

Jessica said...

I think it looks great on you but feel I suffer from the same problem. My husband told me I looked like a football player in my Taffy blouse!

Rochelle New said...

I have to agree with the taffy. It's such a fun project to put together, but not practical for me. There's no chance of wearing a cardigan with it! I wear a cardigan almost every day. Yours turned out beautifully though! Shame it wont see much sun light.

p.s. I love your newly red hair! :)

Cation Designs said...

Can I just say that I love that you made a bogo pogo reference?! That is one of my favorite movies ever!

I just made my own Taffy-ish blouse and wasn't thrilled with the sleeves, as I also have wide shoulders. Googling turned up your blouse, and I think I'm beginning to agree that it looks good in theory, but in real life it depends on one's build.