Weekend Sewing – summer blouse take 2

Didn’t I say I’d be making another of these?! I think I was just so psyched to finally make something with sleeves that I actually set to work on this second one right after completing the first (packing had to wait, I had a shirt to make!).

After making the first shirt, I knew there were a few things I’d want to do differently. I told you I’m not much for patterns! So for this one I kind of just winged it – cutting a similar shape, but without the exact pattern pieces (the true pattern for the summer blouse can be found in Heather Ross’s new book, Weekend Sewing). I extended the length and cut it a bit smaller. I also opted for a v neck and 3/4 length sleeves.

Somehow, and I really mean somehow (I was shocked myself!) it all came together almost exactly as I wanted. I used the oh so lovely older Anna Maria Horner print from her Bohemian collection, and I think this fabric is perfect for this shirt – lightweight and summery (perfect for Florida!) and in a print that I don’t mind wearing out in public!

You may be wondering what’s going on with the sleeves, but let me assure you that that was intentional. I actually have a shirt with similar sleeves. (though granted it’s in a material that’s better suited for that type of thing…). I guessed at how to achieve that look, and I came close, though if I were to try it again, I know of a few changes I’d make…

All in all, I have to say I’m in love. Everyone might get tired of seeing me in this one!

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