Still Sewing For Me

I admit I’m starting to get burnt out on personal sewing.  Not so much because there’s nothing else I want to make.  There is!  It’s just…  I’m trying to reduce my stash so no buying. That seriously limits what I can make.  I have no fabric I love in dress or pants quantities.  In fact, I’m working on a dress in a fabric I’m not quite sure of right now.  In a pattern I’m not quite sure about either.  I figure if I hate it, it’s a muslin.  And if I like it, I get a dress.

In the meantime, I made a blouse. Well, two of them but I don’t have good pictures of the second one.

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This one is New Look 6104. I made view A in size 16, skipping the ruffle.  I just don’t get along with ruffles.  Hate sewing them and always feel silly in them.  It’s just a straight size 16, no adjustments whatsoever.  Can you see in the picture that the fabric is a little sheer?  I’m wearing a camisole underneath to help with that.  I did french seams everywhere, even when I set in the sleeves.  So the inside of the blouse looks great too.  Why do I always forget to get pictures of the inside?

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No gaping at the back!

And look at this fabric.

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Isn’t it pretty?  I’m not the only one who sees a bit of reddish cast, am I? It’s so odd.  I can’t see it when there’s only one layer of fabric but when it’s all folded up, definitely there.  At first, I thought some other fabric had run during prewashing. I washed it with two red and white printed fabrics.  But it’s too uniform for that.  I just hadn’t noticed before, I guess.  Anyway, that meant that using plain white cotton for the buttons bands might make that reddish cast more apparent.  I cut them out on the selvage where there was no embroidery instead.  I wasn’t able to get my bias strip for the neck binding there though so plain old white cotton there.  The color difference doesn’t really show, does it?  Or it can be attributed to my skin at least.

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I love this blouse so much!  And I have plenty of this fabric left over.  Since it’s cotton, I’m thinking I might dye it another color and make another blouse (in another pattern).  The girls might even get a little something out of it!  Yes, I bought a little too much…

Creative mommy at home to two wonderful little girls, trying to juggle family, sewing, exercise, family, knitting, photography, and did I mention family?

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11 comments on “Still Sewing For Me
  1. Charity says:

    That is really cute. I love the fabric, and I love the idea to dye some! I have some fabric with a slight color tinge to it like that too… nothing seems to quite match. But now I know that just using plain white probably won’t be noticeable. =)

    • Thank you! I really wanted a completely white blouse so I would have used white regardless of whether you could see a difference or not. Otherwise, I might have used red to match the cast? I don’t know. The dyeing bug has bitten me though. I have to go check what I have and pick a pattern…

  2. Masha says:

    It is so pretty! I do see the reddish cast in the folded fabric picture but not in the photos of blouse. Weird!

  3. Sonya says:

    I love that fabric, so pretty. The blouse looks so comfortable and wearable too.

    • Thank you! It’s a bit hard to sew at times (like when the needle is trying to over two layers of embroidery) but so worth it. I wore the blouse all day when I took those pictures and I can confirm that it is comfortable. Just enough ease to move around without looking sloppy.

  4. cecillia says:

    That is so pretty!

  5. […] up, white fabric got dyed. It’s this gorgeous cotton that I used to make a blouse. I used violet reactive dye in 3% concentration.  The color is beautiful but I screwed up a […]

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