Thursday, 31 May 2012

Taffy blouse

I saw this cheery fabric in the remnants bin in the local fabric shop. A fairly old fashioned place so not always reliable for fabric but I often come away with some trim or other haberdashery that I just had to have. I was looking for some cheap fine fabric to make a muslin for this pattern, maybe green, and then I saw this.

The pattern is the Taffy blouse from the Colette sewing handbook. It suggests chiffon, georgette or lawn type fabric and this cotton did feel so fine. Until I washed and ironed it. Strange. But I carried on to make

It actually looks better off than on. The fabric is just too stiff. Rather than use the many meters of self made bias tape the pattern called for I used some ready made blue found in my pile for around the neckline (again, too stiff) and simply hemmed the sleeves. Those sleeves are larger than our largest dinner plates when spread out which makes wearing a cardy over the top rather bulky.

And yet I still like this top and have already worn it most days. Next time I shall heed those fabric suggestions...

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  1. I think it's incredibly beautiful! Looks just like the Taffy should. Funny -- it doesn't look stiff at all - it looks so floaty.

    1. Thank you so for your kind words... am wearing it again today, even with a cardy!