I've been hoarding this piece of Liberty lawn for ages. Since I didn't have a set plan when I purchased it, the ideas of what I could sew with it have run the gamut: pajama bottoms, dirndl skirt, button down shirt... However, browsing through the J. Crew website the other day, I found a blouse in the exact fabric, with a really cute and summery design. Done! Here's the inspiration piece:
Analyzing the garment, I figured the blouse was a simple pull-over with no closures. My recently drafted shift dress had the right general shape, so I shortened that to hip-level and removed the back zip. There are ruffles at the neck and top armholes, and looked to be just gathered rectangles with baby hems. Easy enough!
I faced the neckline and front slit because I didn't want the ruffles to weigh down the super light fabric, but I used matching bias to finish the armholes.
The shape is slightly fitted with French fish eye darts, but plenty roomy to be comfortable and cool.
Even though I'm typically not a "ruffle person", I'm pretty psyched about how this knock-off blouse turned out!
I wore it for my birthday to the Berkeley Botanical Garden and Chez Panisse and loved it! I have to say, I dread washing it for fear of what I'll have to do to get the ruffles looking lovely again, but I've got one more wearing before I have to cross that bridge :)
Very nice! And perfect for summer!ReplyDelete
Thank you! Yes, it's nice and cool for the heat!Delete
It looks exactly like the J.Crew top and great on you! That print is gorgeous!ReplyDelete
I just loved the print and was tickled to see it used in RTW clothing.Delete
fabulous, its a great shape -enough 'fuss' to be interesting without overdoing it!ReplyDelete
The ruffles are definitely on the line of "overdoing it", at least for me. But I kind of like the novelty of it!Delete
Adorable! Please post about the washing experience. I'm really curious.ReplyDelete
I may end up line drying it, but I'll report whatever happens!Delete
I love your Liberty lawn! I just started sewing with this cotton just this year and I'm amazed at how lovely it is - as nice as silk any day :) Love your blouse - the perfect summer top!ReplyDelete
I do love Liberty, too, but it doesn't always come out of the W/D the same, so I'm very curious how it washes!Delete
Perfect for Paris!ReplyDelete
Yes! It's on my list of items to bring :)Delete
So lovely! I'm inspired to try one with some Liberty lawn I've been hoarding! Like you, I've been waiting for the right inspiration.ReplyDelete
J.Crew has several other items made with Liberty prints. I *almost* made a gathered skirt, and still think I would love that for summer!Delete
This is SO cute!! Yours looks so much better handmade! I am impressed.ReplyDelete