Saturday, August 17, 2013

Successful Separates

Every once in a while, I need a quick project – instant gratification, if you will - and Simplicity 1692 seemed like the perfect pattern.  I have been curious about this one for a while now, and just needed a suitable fabric.

My rayon challis remnants were intended to make up Vogue 1207 - there was just no way to squeeze all the pieces in.  But I did not put it away – probably to torture myself.  It has been sitting in the sewing room, mocking me.  I love the dress that I made with this print, and was determined to get one more garment out of the leftovers.

The back bodice had to be cut in two to make everything fit, but I did it!  This eliminates the need for the facing, which I rather like.  Because I was feeling lazy, I skipped the shoulder pads - the blouse works without them, although I will probably add them to the next one.

The only other alteration I made was swapping out machine buttonholes for fabric loops on the cuffs.

There are so many remnant projects where I expect to find everything I need in my sewing room.  This RARELY happens, even with drawers full of notions.  There is always a zipper, or matching thread that needs to be purchased.    

But not this time!  So I am going to pretend this blouse was free - whoo-hoo!

This pattern is sure to get lots of love in the future.  There may even be another version made from remnants of this dress – I think I need a red blouse in my closet!

Blouse:  Made by me, Simplicity 1692
Skirt:  Made by me, Beignet
Shoes:  Nine West
Earrings:  Kate Spade


  1. Lovely blouse!! It has such a soft summery feel. Good that you were able to squeeze it out of the beautiful fabric you had left.

  2. Beautiful!!! It looks great with your yellow skirt!!

  3. Love it -- drapes so beautifully. I wouldn't have noticed the lack of shoulder pads if you hadn't mentioned it. It really looks great.

  4. This is such a pretty blouse! Beautiful fabric.

  5. Very, very pretty. The little button loop detail is very Laura Mae! I've shied away from that style because I'm used to lower necklines and feel uncomfortable with things that close around my neck. Too bad that eliminates a good percentage of vintage styles!

  6. You're right. It's not often that you find all your notions in your stash but I'm so glad you did for this blouse. I love the button loop detail. This makes your blouse more lady-like, from my perspective.

  7. I just bought this pattern, it looks great here especially the blouse-y sleeve. I can't wait to get started on mine, thanks for the inspiration. :)

  8. Really lovely, splendidly coloured outfit. I have a 1950s pencil skirt in a nearly identical shade of soft yellow that I love to partner with (in particular) rusty orange and peachy-pink.

    ♥ Jessica

  9. What a pretty new blouse! You really do need to make this again.