Chambray Blouse

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).Weekend Getaway Blouse (4 of 5)

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.)

Weekend Getaway Blouse 3 (1 of 1)

BTW I know this picture is a little fuzzy…I was having some photo editing issues but kept it in here because it’s a good view of the shirt…

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!

Fabric: Robert Kaufman Interweave Chambray in Slate. Purchased on clearance at Westwood Acres and no longer in stock, but I found some at Fabric.com if you are interested.

Weekend Getaway Blouse (3 of 5)

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.

Weekend Getaway Blouse (2 of 5)

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.

Weekend Getaway Blouse (5 of 5)

My little photo bomber was too cute not to include. 🙂 We were having a fun little stick fight at the end of our shoot.

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6 thoughts on “Chambray Blouse

  1. What a great shirt! It looks so comfortable and easy to match with everything. I’m partway through my first sewing-for-me item. It’s been a slow go because I keep getting distracted by kid sewing. But thanks for providing motivation to keep going!!

    • It is so comfy and I am happy to have something that will match with everything bc I tend to make things that don’t coordinate! Can’t wait to see your selfish sewing!! Keep it up. It can be a bit discouraging in the beginning but every try gets better and more fun.

  2. It looks great and those pockets look tricky…but look like they are just perfectly sewn! It will definitely transition into fall very well!

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