Thursday, March 3, 2011

A Bevy of Blouses

I'm lacking in tops to wear to work under jackets and cardis, so I'm going to make a slew of them for spring, and have made a few blouse fabric purchses recently:

WinMil Fabrics in Boston had a rainbow of colors of silk charmeuse: I picked up a cream (goes with everything!) and a super-happy bright yellow.

L - cream silk charmeuse, M - Milly silk, R - yellow silk charmeuse

I've never worked with silk charmeuse, and may have to underline so they're not too slick to work with.  Though it'd be such a luxury to have these against my skin...

The middle fabric is a 100% silk by the designer Milly from Metro Textiles in New York.  I just love the equestrian-esque print, and in my favorite colors - neutrals.

I've finally decided to become a big girl sewer and begin using "real" (i.e. non-JoAnn Fabrics) interfacing.  I purchased a few yards from Emma One Sock - Linda advised that this is interfacing that designers work with.  I'm excited to use it.  While at the (online) store, I couldn't resist throwing a few bolts into my (online) cart.  The fabric on the left is a crosshatch print silk/cotton in lovely olivey-tones (now sold out, but looks like new colors in this print were added yesterday).  I thought the colors were rather unusual and not often seen in RTW.  The fabric on the right is a sheer rose print silk by designer Thakoon.

L - silk/cotton print, R- silk Thakoon rose print, both from Emma One Sock

Both of these will need to be underlined because they are rather sheer, especially the Thakoon silk.

I have a few shell patterns in my stash: Simplicity 2599, McCall 5977, and McCall 5661

Simplicity 2599
McCalls 5661
McCalls 5977

I planned to use all 3, but Joanne recently indicated that M5977 had to be taken in significantly for it to have shape.  Interestingly, I compared both patterns, and S2599 is much wider!  Perhaps I'll use the details of M5977 on S2599, which I know fits well since I made it last spring.  This is by far my most-worn sewn wardrobe piece - I wear it constantly. It's made from a cheap cut of silk dupioni from JoAnn's: I don't think the top cost more than $10 to make.  Cost per wear is into the pennies at this point.

24 comments:

Tasia said...

Love the chain-print fabric and the silk-cotton print. Great choices! Happy blouse-sewing! :)

Carolyn (cmarie12) said...

I love the pieces you picked especially the Milly chain link piece! These should make amazing blouses/tops.

Rebecca said...

I loove the Thakoon print!

Sophia said...

We must be on the same page because I just sewed charmeuse for the first time. Definitely, research french seams vs. mock french seams and sew the hem carefully... that's my advice..not that you asked for it :)

I need to head on over to WinMil for some silk! Thanks for the tip!

Have fun sewing blouses.

Faye Lewis said...

Beautiful plan to me. Love your fabric too.

bobindsayboutique said...

I think that lime green pleated-neck shell is what I'll end up doing with my crepe-backed satin. Plays up the shininess!

I love that cream fabric too-- I'm trying to use more color, but still so glad someone else considers neutrals their favorite colors!

Debra Martin said...

I also love the Milly Silk - can't wait to see it all stitched up!

MushyWear said...

Looks like you have some fabulous fabrics to work with. I really want to try the McCall's pattern this year. I love the ruffle pictured in the yellow. I must get this pattern.

Karin said...

All your fabrics are drool-worthy! I am definitely envious. If you come up with any tips for working with slippery fabric, I'll be interested to learn them. Investing in a bulk quantity of decent interfacing seems like a very good idea. I may follow your lead:-)

JoanneM said...

You will love these classy basics.
I think the charmeuse does a really nice job of making them very RTW looking.
Adore your fabric choices.
Go crazy with the ruffles. There are no rules!!!!

JoanneM said...

I forgot to add- I did not underline the charmeuse tops-it would affect the drape and the weight is very fine. I agree your chiffons will need it.

Do NOT make armhole facings. If you want to be bald by the sewing project end, go ahead and make facings. :) They never sit right, poke around your underarm and drive one mental.

Cut bias strips, iron them up , fiddly and all, and they are so clean and slick they will match your neck bias trim.

Good Luck you will love them!

The Slapdash Sewist said...

Oooh silk prints! I always love them and never buy them because I can't think of any patterns for them. But you've got three right here!

Sheila said...

Nice line-up of patterns and pretty fabrics too and also love wearing shells under my suits and cardigans.

Clio said...

Great line up of fabrics and patterns. Silk is SO nice...

Rachel said...

I am looking forward to seeing your blouses. I have all three of those patterns. I really love that chain link print silk.

meli88a said...

What pretty fabrics. You have posted several wins from Winmil (ha, a pun, get it?) and I still have yet to actually go in that store. Every time I am in Chinatown, it's closed!

Sherry said...

What gorgeous fabrics, I love them all, and I bet you can't wait to get started!

Carolyn said...

Those silk charmeuse at the top of your post are Fab. U. Lous. Just beautiful. I think I need some blouses of silk charmeuse too!

Eugenia said...

Lovely fabrics! I particularly like the Thakoon rose print.

Katie said...

I love your fabric choices and am looking forward to seeing them all made up! I used to go to Winmill Fabric in Boston all the time when I worked near it. I had forgotten that it was there - thanks for the reminder, I'll have to make a trip into town! Happy Sewing!

toboldlysew said...

Ooh I love the chain print and the roses - just gorgeous! Looking forward to seeing what you do with them!

Rosy said...

Oh, fine fabrics, fabric love horses, it's my favorite, I can not wait to see what comes of these fabrics and your imagination.

amber said...

So pretty! Those prints are going to make some beautiful blouses.

Gypsy Love said...

i love the chain print so much... i wish they sold it online :(