How are things in your part of the world? I've been looking at the upcoming Autumn fashions that are coming into our major department stores, especially David Jones Autumn Preview because I think it is good to know what is going on in the fashion world, even if all I want to do is take the odd idea here and there to tart up my sewing. To be honest I haven't seen much to get excited about. Fashion direction seems to be all over the place but classic shapes remain prevalent for winter. That's a relief because while I can do 'fashionable' when the need arises, most of the time I'd rather go my own way.
In the meantime, there's still a bit of summer left and six weeks ago in a moment of weakness I bought some blue cotton voile with white doves. I loved the material and wanted to make something with gathered three quarter length sleeves and front fastenings. I found something similar to what I had in mind in the November 2012 issue of Burda. Here's the link
My material changed the nature of this blouse from work-place sleek to almost Oriental Jacket.
All in all I'm happy with my little birdies.
Happy sewing folks.
Edit about the snaps. I didn't do the placket on the right side as shown in the line drawing, but a double cut-on facing type fold on both sides. Buttons just weren't going to look right with this style so I wanted to put medium black snaps and somehow hide the stitching on the outside. I came up with this. I made little squares out of rectangles of leftover neck facing. I had a bias strip left 4cm wide. I cut it into 6 cm pieces. I folded down the long edge by 1 cm and ironed it then folded the pieces in half and stitched narrow seams along the other three sides, ending up with little squares big enough to cover my snap stitching once they were turned the right way out of course. I pinned them into place and sewing them on from the snap side. You may have to bast by hand so figure out where to stitch. Ta Da ..design feature.
Here's a pic. (hidesously hard to photographs details on dark fabric!)
Oh and a hint about sewing on snaps so they stay is to finish off by sewing in a little mini circle of stitching on the wrong side of your fabric once you've done the proper stitching, then finish by burying as long a stitch as you can manage. (i saw my granny doing this when I was a kid, amazing what you absorb..)
Gratuitous close up.
More summer tops to follow... or maybe a dress... hmmm decisions, descisions!