Wednesday, July 26, 2017

The Buying a House Blouse

Hello, everyone!  It’s been quite a while since I have posted anything.

The main reason for my online disappearance is the fact that I am now a homeowner!  That process has kept me rather busy, and the move, etc., has not left much time for sewing, let alone blogging.  I was actually without internet for a couple of weeks which was rather refreshing.

Of course, I wanted to make a new outfit for the occasion, but there was not a lot of free time prior to closing.  But I was determined!  

I have been wanting to make this blouse for years.  I often pull out scraps of fabric along with the pattern, hoping that I can squeeze out an entire garment, but it never has worked for me.  Until now!

The leftovers from this skirt and this dress were tucked away in a drawer, and while the dye lots do not match, I think I managed to make it work.  The neck tie was made with the leftovers from the skirt, and the rest of the blouse (which is a slightly more pigmented and heavier weight cotton) was cut from the remains of the dress.  There were quite a few people who thought that the look was actually a dress, so I guess the difference is not terribly obvious.

These photos were taken about an hour after signing all of the paperwork (in my old neighborhood).  I was exhausted, but very happy.

I really began looking in earnest over a year ago, so it was a huge relief to finally be done.

It has been quite an adventure, and my new living space is still not "finished," but Valentino and I are definitely settling in, and I am finally getting back into a routine - one that will definitely include many more sewing adventures!

Blouse:  Made by me, Butterick 4985
Skirt:  Made by me, Butterick 4792
Shoes:  Born "Kharen"


  1. It seems like it is a lot rarer to find the same print in different colorways (or maybe it's just shopping at Joann's) and even rarer to find the same print in different fabric weights. Frankly, I cannot see a difference here (but I do deeply understand how you could get so much of this fabric. It's dreamy!)
    Congratulations on your entry into home ownership. May your roof never leak, your siding never pop, and you never need to hire anyone to run a camera through any length of pipe anywhere near you. (I guess that's our version of the old Irish blessing)

  2. Congratulations on some serious adulting! And the ensemble looks great.

  3. Congratulations! I hope you have many years of fabulous sewing in your new home!

  4. Laura Mae,

    Anyone who can sew a blouse, from scraps, while packing, moving, and closing has super-human organization skills.

    You were sincerely missed (I'll fess up to concern, but not worry).

    Undoubtedly you have more space, and fashions from "The House Of Laura Mae" will begin to proliferate.

    Perhaps your "house into a home" projects will be shared with your readership?

    Enjoy chez Laura Mae!

  5. I have missed reading your blog as you are an amazing seamstress. I hope you have many happy hours knitting and sewing in your new home.

  6. Congratulations on your new home. Looking forward to your new posts. Would love to see your new home as you settle in.

  7. How wonderful! Congrats on owning your new home. :D Can't wait to see more pics.

  8. great outfit, love photos in front of the roses, and a win, both on the new house and using up a stash fabric :)

  9. Congratulations!! Can we get a house tour? :) I love that you made a blouse for the occasion, and the colorways coordinate pretty well.

  10. Congratulations on buying a home! Will you be sewing soft furnishings for your new abode,and--more to the point--will you share the results with your readers? I hope so!

  11. Ooh,congratulations on owning your first home!! Here's to hoping you having lots of time for Tino, sewing and knitting. Your blouse is so beautiful. What is your key to finding the most perfect fabrics for vintage styles?

  12. A pretty outfit befitting the occasion. Wishing you years of happiness in your new home. Abbey

  13. Congratulations! It is getting harder and harder in California to be a homeowner nowadays. Especially in Marin County; I live just north of you. I wish you many happy years in your new home.

  14. Beautiful. It looks French; very Leslie Caron.