Due to unforeseen events we are going to postpone our regular scheduled Classy on Sunday until next week. In the meanwhile please enjoy the following post.*
Yay! Another Historical Sew Fortnightly project complete! For this fortnight our challenge was to make a bodice. We could abide by the strictest historical sense (as you can see in The Dreamstress’ blog post here) or we could interpret it in a more general sense. I chose to go way out, almost on the edge of qualifying, I think, and made a blouse.
I copied a vintage pattern, using a kimono sleeved blouse pattern that I already had and altering it to add the shoulder pleats. It was rough going on this blouse. There were several times where I wasn’t even sure if I would finish it. First there was the issue of the pleats creating too much fullness on one side, but I got over that by eliminating one pleat and tacking the rest down a few inches from the shoulder seam. THEN, after I thought the blouse was all finished, the armholes were too, um, airy. So I had to add some modesty panels, which in the end turned out fine.
In the end I am SO, SOOO glad that I persevered, because I LOVE this blouse. As I was making it I thought, “What on earth will I wear this with?” Then as I was pulling pieces together for this photo-shoot, this red skirt, which has been sitting rather lonely-ish by itself in my closet, jumped out at me saying, “Pick me! Pick me! I’m the perfect skirt for this blouse!” And it was right! Even the earrings that I am wearing didn’t go with anything else in my wardrobe, so it was as if they too had been waiting for this oddball blouse to come along.
On to the ever necessary details.
*The “unforeseen event” is the fact that we used our Classy on Sunday photos for the giveaway this past week, which, by the way, is still open, so do stop by and enter!!!