I have knocked off another item off my selfish sewing wish list. Woot for me! I tell ya, putting this list on the internet was a great way to keep me motivated to finish it! Plus I’m on a huge selfish sewing kick right now and want to just keep sewing, just keep sewing (said in my best Dori impression).
True to my word, I totally copied Kristin’s idea for a chambray blouse.
She used a chambray shirting, but I just used what I had on hand which was an interweave chambray. It’s a little heavier than the shirting weight that I used for my Tiny Pocket Tank, but it still worked. I love how using a different type of fabric makes this blouse look totally different. (you can see my other version here.)
Pattern: Weekend Getaway Blouse by Liesl + Co.- size 6. For those of you familiar with Oliver+S patterns, this offshoot into women’s patterns is true to the tradition of the great writing of the children’s patterns. I love how Liesl talks you through the construction and you end up with a really professional looking piece. I feel you also learn a bit about garment construction throughout the process. It’s also a fairly easy pattern (no sleeves to inset!) so if you are considering women’s garments but afraid to make the plunge, this is a good one to start out with!
Mods: I added about .5″ to the length of the shirt. Originally I added about 1.5″ but I ended up not liking that length so I chopped it off and just made it a little longer than the pattern specifies. Other than that, I sewed up the pattern as is.
Final thoughts: The chambray is going to be a little heavy to wear in the middle of this hot southern summer, but it will be great to pull out for summer evenings. And I think it will also transition well into last summer/early fall when you need a little something more than a tank top, but it’s not cold enough for longer sleeves. I hope all my selfish sewing posts are getting others motivated to sew more for themselves! It really is so rewarding.