Thursday, September 2, 2010

Sailing on the Lake Blouse

A couple of weeks ago, I discovered the Sewing Princess  (what a great name for a blog and many thanks to Craft Gossip. for pointing me in her direction). I could not get the Princess' Sailing on the Lake blouse out of my head.  I kept thinking about the blouse, it just nagged at me.  It was sort of surprising, because my wardrobe is generally more tailored. I wear suits, blazers, skirts and cardis, yeah it's a little on the boring conservative side.  I made the blouse.

I found the chiffon - which is a sort of Pucci meets Mrs. Roper - in the Toronto fashion district for less than $2/metre and yes, I love it although it was a little slippery to sew.
Stanley Roper: What's the cake for?
Helen Roper: We're celebrating.
Stanley Roper: Celebrating what?
Helen Roper: The tenth anniversary of my spring outfit.

I used one of the Sewing Princess' variations and omitted the elastic waistband for a roomier feel.

Disclaimer: these photos were taken after the day job, with a tripod, and a two year old (who also makes me smile), but you should get the idea.
For less than $4, and a whole lot less than I would pay for that bellini on the lido deck, I love it.

As always, thanks for stopping by and have a marvellous day! (you can see a couple of meandering stitches in the photo above).

Chrissy: Eat your salad before it gets cold.
This post is part of my September sewing challenge

and linked to these three great parties:make it wear it


  1. WoW! It turned out great!! I love the fabric you used - it's fabulous!
    I have a similar tutorial for a tunic on my side bar with lots less math involved ;)- and I was just thinking of redoing it with more beautiful fabric. After seeing yours I will certainly do it!!

  2. Beautiful! Look at you sewing clothes for yourself. I feel like it has been a decade since I've done that!

  3. I love how it turned out. Your fabric is beautiful!
    Sewing Princess

  4. Lovely! I bet it feels nice to wear!

  5. I'm loving the Helen and Stanley Roper interlude! So funny. Great work on the top! It looks great!

  6. Yummy fabric. Great colors!

    ~Emily N. from "too Blessed to Stress"

  7. Your fabric is beautiful. It turned out great. Thanks for sharing. And thank you for stopping by my blog and leaving a comment. Hope to see you again. Karie @

  8. Anyone channeling Three's Company is great in my book!:) That fabric is fantastic and the top looks great on you! Great job!

  9. Beautiful blouse, you look radiant KJ. And I can hear Mrs. Roper's deadpans as if those Three's Company reruns were on just yesterday.

  10. I love it! You did a fabulous job. It would be cute as a dress too if you added length.

  11. What a gorgeous blouse, and equally gorgeous photo! Nice job mama!

  12. That's so pretty! I LOVE the fabric - the gold and black is really sharp! Thanks for participating!


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