The first was the tried and true Connie Crawford/Butterick blouse B5365, now OOP. Summer is a coming and there right on the pattern front is a short sleeve version with pin tucks instead of the 3 shoulder darts.
A summer top with a self bound neckline is cooler and lighter and just as practical.
Really I sew because I can have it my way. I think you'll agree, less is more with this one.
The second top is the new fun, fast favorite Indygo Junction Retro Raglan. Why do I like this simple pattern so much? The answer is easy. I have broad shoulders and they have never been something I'm fond of. I usually have to go up a size in RTW clothing just to get the shoulders to fit. But the combination of the two piece raglan sleeve and the large open collar do visual magic in making those shoulders look narrower.
Simply put, it's a flattering style so one I want to play with more. What if I could translate this into a blouse rather than a jacket. Why not? So I did and I had great fun adding in some creative details that the fabric design offered. The fabric is a polished cotton and was a bit pricey. I bought a minimum of what I thought I might need with no real pattern in mind. When I settled on this pattern I did not have enough for sleeve matching, so I grabbed the line of writing down by the selvage edge and used it over the two piece sleeve seams.
The left over bit went onto the right cuff area only. This is a bold print and the pattern offered a bold style to match. With the new Judi Dench haircut, it looks pretty darn good.
The collar lining is some leftover from another sewing project last summer.
I was surprised I had such a good match for this unusual print.
The last bit of sewing was of a simple shrug/poncho thing. Two rectangles, one longer to provide a drapey neck area. The sides are sewn up only 9 inches to provide an arm hole and keep it from moving around.
The fabric dictated something simple. This is a waffle weave silk fabric. It was hard to work with and on its own so beautiful I felt I didn't want to torture it into something.
Best to let it be what it is, soft, springy and with lovely drape. A perfect little neutral cover up for spring and summer. The silk looks it's natural color, a bit towards a soft ivory yellow. Classic and comfy style paired with some loose linen pants. The pictures do this no justice at all!
Parting shot: More from Beaster Day! Thank YOU Valerie for coining that!