Monday, August 24, 2015

Josephine in Lawn

Here's a Made by Rae Josephine blouse I made for my Mom. I've made Josephine for myself several times in the past. I love the pleats (pintucks?) and the wide (but not too wide) neckline and thought my mom would like it, too.



The fabric is floral cotton lawn from Belleboo, which hides the pleats a little bit, but is nice and floaty and light. It's a different colorway of the fabric I used for my mom's Painted Portrait tunic.

For the neckline, I used bias facing rather than bias binding. I didn't use the main fabric for the bias tape, but instead rocked some pretty floral contrast bias tape from Daiso:


I left the elastic casing out and sewed up the side seams except for the area where the elastic casing went, because my mom wanted to pick the right spot for the elastic herself. I think she ended up placing it where I had marked anyway.

I made a rookie mistake and accidentally sewed the whole blouse with 5/8" seam allowance when it only called for a 1/2"... but it didn't make too much of a difference in the fit, which is great. She's getting a lot of wear out of it and loves it!


12 comments:

  1. such a lovely blouse!
    i have to tell you that your link to your other makes lead me to your other blog, where i've just spent ages gasping at your pics of nz! it sounds like we were there, on the south island, around the same time, though we were traveling with our 8 month old daughter, so were precluded from doing some of the more daring activities that you've documented so well. it's a lovely small-worldish feeling to know that we may have crossed paths on one of those wildly narrow, twisting roads :) . seeing your photos has reminded me of what an amazing time we had there - thank you!

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    1. Thanks!! Ha ha- isn't NZ amazing?! I got busy and never finished posting my photos from my trip there (of which there were so, so many).

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  2. Looks great! You have a lucky mom!

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    1. Thanks, Heather! Ha, I am lucky she taught me how to sew so I could make her a blouse like this!

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  3. It's lovely and looks fab on your mum! Jen

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  4. Such a great blouse! You are reminding me that I love this pattern - so light and work appropriate.

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    1. It's perfect for work- I am wearing one of my Josephine blouses at work right now!!

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  5. What a great print! It looks so airy and fresh, and the bias tape is gorgeous!

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    1. Thanks, Elizabeth! Voile is definitely one of my favorites...

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  6. I like how you describe your rookie mistake! I would make that mistake since I usually ditch the instructions (I only refer to them if there is something different or complicated.). The shirt is very pretty and your mother looks happy!

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    1. I'm relieved it still fits her despite my seam allowance snafu! I'm not a slave to instructions, typically, but I usually remember to check the seam allowance!

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