This was a bargain make. The pattern is the Lottie blouse which came free with Simple Sew magazine (this is a new mag which I am enjoying). Sorry I did mean to blog about this blouse while the magazine was still available but I think it disappeared last week!
I liked the look of the blouse and then at the Minerva meet-up Lisa (the designer) was demonstrating making the blouse. Lisa's red version was gorgeous and it looked really easy.
So I bought the fabric at the Minerva craft meet-up. It is 100% viscose but it has a lovely drape for this blouse and feels really comfy. At £5.95 a metre I needed 1.2 metres, so again a bargain (you can buy it on-line here) . It definitely has a 60s vibe in the bright paisley pattern and the jade colour goes really well with other items in my wardrobe. I'm getting a bit fonder of 60s fashions (the problem is I was there for the first time - and I'm enjoying This Old Thing on a Wed evening which is looking at Vintage (mostly 60s) clothes. I really like the finished blouse, not my usual style as it is not really fitted, but I do like a bow-neck!
The neck was the fiddly bit. You have to cover the key hole shape with bias binding (I made my own; first time for this, and with this really soft fabric it was a bit difficult).
So the bias round the neck was a bit tricky but otherwise construction was straightforward. You fit the sleeves in flat and then just sew right from the cuff to the hem.
We are having a lovely heatwave here in Cumbria and I'm enjoying the sunshine as well as lovely bunches of stocks and roses! Thanks so much for your comments which I love reading. Enjoy the rest of the wekk.