Tuesday, January 13, 2009

BWOF 10-2008 #118, Dolman Sleeve Blouse

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This pattern didn't look like much in the magazine, partly because they didn't show much of it, but when I looked at the line drawing I really liked the simplicity of it. It has enough interest with the gathered neck and dolman sleeves, but with the plain lines They had the right idea to use the pattern to showcase a beautiful print.




And I had just the print in my stash, the leftovers from Vogue 2858. I got this gorgeous silk print from Fabric Mart at least a year and half ago (reviewed the Vogue dress in May 2007). I didn't have a lot left after the dress--which I took with me to Vietnam and wore the night my hosts took me to dinner--but I had enough for a parsimonious project. Since I am perpetually in a quest for winter work tops the pattern and the fabric zinged together in my mind as the perfect match.

As I said, I had very limited fabric left. I mocked out the layout, but obviously I should have taken more care over it because after I had actually cut out the front I realized that there was no way, no how to fit the back onto the fabric. Dangit! I was pretty annoyed with myself for wasting the fabric and had to take a break from the project. The next morning I woke up and had my solution. I was always intending to wear the blouse with some sort of cinching belt; I just can't get the hang of wearing a sack. So I turned my miscalculation into a design feature. I cut the back as long as I could, which was to above the waist. Then I cut a strip of coordinating silk from the Carol Collection to make a tie casing, then I cut the lower back out of scraps. I also cut the inner band collar, sleeve bindings, and tie out of the same silk. To wear, I thread the tie through the casing and knot in front. Here's the back in action.

I have a bit of buyer's remorse about the contrast color I chose. I meant for this to be part of a 4 piece mini wardrobe with the Exquisite Fabrics wool skirt of Simplicity 5914, my BWOF velvet skirt disaster, and my Butterick 4985 off-white pinstripe silk blouse. However, (1) I didn't get around to photographing and reviewing all the pieces in time for the contest although I did finish them all with time to spare, (2) the velvet skirt was a disaster, and (3) the two different colors of teal/turquoise of the blouse accents and the wool skirt clash. The best laid plans.... I was also considering hot pink for the accents and I kind of wish I had gone with it; I was totally not thinking about the clash with the skirt. I suppose I could theoretically go in and re-do it with pink, but let's face it--that's highly unlikely.

Mini-wardrobe deficiencies notwithstanding, I really like this blouse and think I found the right use for that last bit of Fabric Mart Anna Sui silk. I ended up liking this pattern quite a bit, and as far as blouses go it's a quickie, what with the dolman sleeves, band collar, and self-front placket. If you have a precious silk print in your stash take a look at this pattern.

All photos are here and the pattern review is here. The booties I'm wearing are a new purchase; I've been wanting booties like that forever and I found these Clarks, which are *highly* comfortable, at Macy's on clearance and my friend had an additional 15% coupon. They were still too much (though a good chunk less than at Zappo's, I'm pleased to see), but I neeeeeded them. Cute, no? I felt validated when I was at the register and the woman in front of me said that she would never have considered this style but she saw me try them on and had to get some!

10 comments:

Myra said...

Great solution to being short on fabric. I got a back issue yesterday of this issue and liked that pattern.

-E said...

brilliant!

and don't you love it when strangers share stuff like that?! I walk around all smiley after :)

Vicki said...

Good save with the fabric. Pretty cute blouse.

Little Hunting Creek said...

genius save with the "not enough fabric omg what have I done ruined everything" moment. That blouse is too cute. I like the blue and like you I know I would never get around to swapping it out for the hot pink.

Katharine in Brussels said...

Good save, and that blue looks better with your colouring than hot pink.

Heather Dee said...

I really love the top. Is it just me or are dolman sleeves the easiest way to look stylish and have a flattering top? Love it.

AllisonC said...

Looks good!! I was wondering how that blouse would look in real life since the magazine photo is not very helpful. The silk print really is gorgeous, it's great you squeezed 2 items out of it.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for a timely review - the 10-2008 issue just hit the Australian newstands and I'm looking for inspiration. I didn't even stop for a second at this one in the magazine, but you have shown it to be a perfect "great fabric" blouse (and what great fabric!!!). I'm on the look out for easy patterns to practice with slippery fabrics, so this one is good to see. Just thought your parsimonious comment was hysterical - my Dad used this word for years and I used to think he made it up. He told me when I was a kid that it was derived from the Parson's Nose on a chicken (which was also small). Took me years before I realised. Natasha

Cindy Lou said...

Love the bright blue with the A.S.print. Don't have buyer's remorse-- it looks great! The cuff detail makes it.

Lisette M said...

I really like your new blouse and how you made up for being short on fabric. This is one that I hope to make, I already have the fabric in my stash.