Sunday, March 29, 2009

A Tale of Two Blouses

Thank you all for visiting my blog. I'm loving this blogging community. I learn a lot and laugh a lot. I also feel your frustrations, having had many myself. There are so few people who sew, that it's great to be able to share our skills and reach across the miles and oceans to each other. Everyone, regardless of their skill level, has something to bring to the table. We all learn from each other.

Sometimes, you just need some basics. Boring but necessary. I really need some blouses and pants. After my pants shopping experience, I know the only way I'm getting pants that fit will be to make them. Blouses are easier to buy, but I have a lot of blouse weight fabric in my stash that needs to be sewn.




This is my TNT blouse pattern. It's Palmer/Pletsch for McCall, number 3284. Plain blouse, nothing fancy. It is a semi-fitted blouse, darts front and back, roll collar. Easy sew.

I made one in an ivory/brown print. I have brown pants to wear with it. There's another one in the works that is a multi-color animal print. Here's the finished blouse, and a detail of how I
finish the inside of the rolled collar. There's several ways the collar can be finished. I like to bind the edge. It's easy, and makes a nice, clean finish.

When the animal print blouse is sewn, I'll probably work on a jacket. I have a pattern traced and altered, ready for a muslin.


There was no sewing going on here this weekend. I had my two grandsons, age 2 and 8 months for the night on Friday, and all day Saturday. I love having them, and sewing can wait. We delivered them to their parents Saturday evening, and had a Wii bowling party.


After church today, DH and I decided to go shopping, and came home with a Wii. To justify it, we bought Wii fit also, for exercise, you know. It's a health issue!


I wonder if there's a Wii sewing game? Maybe one that would solve all pant fitting problems, for instance. Speaking of that--I've been following the jeans sew-along at PR. There's some interesting problem solving going on over there.


Sewing is priority this week. Famous last words!



















17 Talk to me:

Sew Passionista said...

You sound like a real kindred spirit. I'm the same age as you and have been sewing since I was a kid and have never taken a break ffrom it.God bless you. And thank you for visiting my blog.

knitmachinequeen said...

Making blouses is a necessary evil. I think I'll pick that pattern up. Today I worked on a simple jacket out of a blouse-weight fabric. It turned out really well. Maybe that's something you should consider too. Love the brown and tan.

Kristine said...

Isn't the Wii a blast? We can get pretty competitive, but it's a really fun way to spend an evening with the family. My daughter surprised me with her "tree pose" from the Wii Fit Yoga, I guess we're all learning around here!

Lori said...

I won't tell my twins you bought a Wii, they will be so jealous!

Linda T said...

I hear you! I need to sew a white blouse; I've just been putting it off. I also need a new pair of black slacks, but white and black seem so boring somehow!

Julia said...

I too love this sewing blog community. What a wonderful knowledge to know there are other seamstresses out there. You do such perfect work. I love your creativity. Yes, pants and blouses can be boring, but not the way you approach them. That fabric is great! I really appreciate your comments on my blog.

Faye Lewis said...

Thank you Gwen, perseverance sure did pay off!

knitmachinequeen said...

Gwen where are you in Michigan. I'm in Flint.

Little Hunting Creek said...

Pretty blouse - basics are nice though...how do you bind the inside collar? With a bias strip? I am always looking for a better way...

Lindsay T said...

Keep us posted on the Wii exercise. It sounds like such a good idea, and my kids have a Wii.

sewducky said...

TNT patterns are nice because they go so quick together and it's a great shirt.

I find everything is easier to buy, I just don't like it as well!

Susan said...

Haven't tried the Wii yet, but it looks soooo fun. I think it's more classy than boring. lol. Great job.

Cennetta said...

I with you with regards to the wonderful sewing community online. It's so much fun and a excellent form of teaching and learning.

Very nice work on the blouses. Please tell us more about the finishing on the collar.

I was just thinking the last night that I need some "necessary blouses and bottoms too. Lately, I'll been on this dress "kick". But I am in need of some coordinates as well.

Thanks,
C

Ann's Fashion Studio said...

Your blouse looks great.
Checking in on sewing blogs can be addictive but sew much fun :)

Elaray said...

I love that leaf print on your blouse. That's just the kind of print I like!

Christy Sews said...

You have time to sew with a brand new Wii? Wow! When we got ours, we would stay up until 2:00 a.m. playing and then wake up grumpy and sore for work. That went on for a long time. I'm thinking I need to get a Wii Fit though and I hear Guitar Heros is addictive!

Anonymous said...

Just found your blog and am really enjoying the sewing talk. Also, we just got a wii for my husband's birthday and are loving wii bowling. Of note, my 3 year old granddaughter plays a mean game of what she calls "beautiful day" (wii golf) because of the colorful outdoor scenery so your grandson may be ready to join you in wii competition soon.

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