Recycling #2

Remember the Belladone dress? Yeah, I know, I showed it as a failed project. But guess what? I turned it into something better. Much much better! 🙂

I really love the light cotton fabric I used, a beautiful blue lawn from Lisette fabric. So I felt bad when I realized I screwed my Belladone dress. Since I had extra fabric, I thought I could do a Sorbetto top, but I changed my mind (as usually) and decided to go for a blouse, using New Look 6808 pattern (yes, this one again!). To tell you the truth, I changed my mind when I saw the aeroplane-free top of Florence from Flossie Teacakes. The yoke is so delightful I wanted something similar, but contrasting!
So I used the extra of the lining of the Belladone dress! I think I can call it the Belladone blouse! 😉

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There are just a few minor modifications. First, I skipped the zipper! Last time I sewed that pattern, I realized I didn’t need it, so no more zipper! No inside yoke to stabilize the neckline, just homemade bias. And now, the biggest challenge: while recycling the fabric, I realized I didn’t have enough fabric! The pattern is designed for a very long torso (for once! That’s nice), but even when making it shorter by 2″, I didn’t have enough for the front piece. This is the moment when creativity and fantasy meet: I added a contrasting band in the front to have the blouse long enough. Problem solved, no more bellybutton showing!

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The yoke was pretty fun to design and this is something quite new for me. Not in terms of technics. But I never had this kind of feature in my wardrobe. Seriously. And guess what, I like it! A pleated yoke with a constrating piping, lovely. And the contrasting band at the bottom just looks nice. I am pretty happy with that new blouse, I had some nice comments from my friends, so I guess it’s a success! 🙂 I need more pieces like this one in my wardrobe.

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Hop, yoke details!

Love love that blouse! Much better than my initial project! 😉

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