In my last post, I forgot to tell you that my Beignet skirt was made from cotton piqué. My green blouse here, on the other hand, is definitely not as breathable as cotton piqué. It's made of American crêpe purchased on Goldhawk Road, London, for £3.5 per yard. In my excitement over the colour and price, I forgot to ask about the actual composition. Turns out it's polyester. Womp, womp, womp... don't light a match near me!
I'd like to point out that the first five photos bellow were taken by Alessandra Mondin. I promised in my last post to tell you the story of the photo-shoot. I've been wanting to collaborate with Alessandra for a while now, ever since I realised what a talented photographer she was. So, I was very happy when she accepted to shoot the Beignet Skirt.
When she inquired about what I was going to wear, I said something like "A new blouse I made! It's bright green!"
Only problem was, this "bright green blouse" did not exist yet. And the shoot was in two days. And postponing was not an option since I was leaving Hull the next day.
***Warning -- The picture below is unsuitable for young children.***
In spite of that, I'm very pleased with how it turned out. It was a big hit with my aunts, who were visiting this weekend. My sister wants me to make her one. I was surprised to find out that the pattern actually fits her. Actually, I think it looks better on her than on me!
This is me having fun with my new labels. Maybe this is a bit cheesy, but it adds colour! Plus, this is a great way to reuse your fabric scraps.
I drafted the pattern from my bodice block. It wasn't too difficult. I used the same sleeve pattern as for the Lobster Dress and the other modifications were fairly simple. The ruffles are simply rectangles of 3.5" x 11", which I gathered. Lucky for me, my first muslin worked.
- Putting together this blouse is fairly labour-intensive because of the ruffles, the buttonholes and the collar. Next time, I will definitely pick a higher-quality fabric to get more bang for my time. I'm picturing sand-washed silk, which is very trendy right now.
- Don't start planning your photo-shoot until after the actual garment is completed (!).
- Needles matter. They didn't invent different needle sizes just for the fun of it. It's not a marketing gimmick. The right needle really does make a difference. In my case here, my American crêpe was very thin and delicate, but at the same time pretty resistant (if that makes sense), so my machine had a hard time piercing the fabric, especially at lower speed. So I ended up with the irregular, awful stitch bellow. At first I thought my machine was broken, but then I realised the problem was actually my needle. The moment I installed an extra-fine needle, it made a world of a difference.
And look, I found my match! Farewell, Hull!