Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Purple Flower Week Top

Walking on the weekend in a nearby park I noticed lots and lots of purple flowering native plants. I came home wanting to make something with purple flowers. Found the floral fabric in my stash. It is a beautiful light gauzy voile.  It was probably originally bought to make a dress.  I have already made a skirt from it but there is still rather a lot left. It was just the kind of thing I had in mind.  I've used it to make sleeves on this blouse.  The rest of the blouse was once a men's business shirt.  You may have noticed that men's business shirts are frequently made from the finest cotton and that they feel beautiful and wear really well. I've been having the best time cutting them up and remaking them into other things.  This shirt has raglan sleeves and an elastic neckline. Also elastic in the cuffs.  The pattern is self drafted but it is a simple one that can be found in lots of Japanese pattern books.  Kwik Sew, New Look and Butterick patterns all have a version as well.  I have kept the original hemline and the front buttons. 

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