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A New Linen Blouse






It doesn't look like much....It isn't designed to be...
I made a blouse!
I wanted a simple pattern for months, for a slipover blouse that I could make...so simple that I could make many...
I didn't want buttons, zippers or collars...I've done that in the past. But I just wanted simple.
So, one day in the mail there was a catalog for Nancy's Notions (no, not mine...it is from Nancy Zimmerman who started the"store" and carried on by her family and friends)...
And there in the catalog was this pattern. It is called the Bondi shirt.
Really, if you can sew on a machine (or by hand) you can make this shirt.
It is three pieces...well, 4 if you count the single fold bias tape.
Three pieces. How perfect is that?
The sleeves are a "dolman" variety...no seams, they are part of the body.
the back has a pleat and a "yoke" (a separate piece attached to the back after you make the pleat).
You sew the front to the back, and roll the hem then roll the sleeves for finish...and all that is left is finishing the neckline.
Now, I have to admit...I was a bit stumped, as it has been years and years since I made clothes and I forgot about bias tape.
I actually tried to use some black bias tape I had, which might have been ok, but it was too contrasty...so I ripped it out and went to the internet.
I found a couple of sites that gave excellent information on bias tape....single fold and double fold.
One site, forgive me because now I forget which one, showed great detail on making your own. It was so good...I did! I made my own.
Now that was a bit of a feat...as I used linen... and linen sometimes has a mind of its own...
But I prevailed...and voila!
I made a blouse, yes, I did!
In fact, I am going to wear it today when we go have lunch in Claremont with friends...
And...we have a busy schedule this weekend...do you?
Well, Hubby is much busier than I...
He has a putting contest for Kiwanis on Saturday...to which I am not going...I take the dog to the vet...
And Sunday..he is taking me out on a date...to see Downton Abbey the movie!
I wonder if I have time to make another blouse or not....hummmm
Maybe...I took about 2 hours...going slow to make it...
In case you are interested...I bought 2 yards of linen fabric (to account for lack of experience and shrinkage...always wash garment fabric before sewing!)...you could get by with less...but I did make bias tape, so I used more making that....
Have a great weekend...
Nancy

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