Velour Blouse in voile and rayon

Velour Blouse version 1 - finished

I’m back with another project from She Wears the Pants, this time the Velour Blouse, No 5.  Now, let me get something off my chest right away: this blouse is a total FAIL.  I’ve seen too many sewists blame themselves for failed projects when there was clearly something wrong with the pattern, but this time it was really all my fault.  I didn’t make a muslin (the horror!), I used a woven when the pattern is specifically designed for knits, I used a lining that was too stiff, and I chose a design feature (cap sleeves) that never, ever works for me.  WHY did I do this, you ask?  It was a little sewing experiment, throwing caution to the wind and ignoring the little voice inside my head.  Lesson learned – that voice is there for a reason.  🙂

With that said, I actually enjoyed sewing this blouse, and I continue to be impressed with the professional finishing techniques in this pattern book.  I already have plans to fix this top and may even make a knit version.  The pattern is good; I was just a little reckless with my choices on this project!

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Chambray racerback peplum tank (almost done)

Chambray racerback peplum tank - front

There’s something about a quick sewing project that’s really uplifting.  My life outside of sewing has been extremely stressful lately, and I find that diving head first into a satisfying sewing project can be a very healing, restorative process.  I’m sure you can relate.  I whipped up this tank during a day off from work today (a mental health day in the truest form), and I’m quite delighted with the result.  I’d say it’s *almost* done at this point, just lacking a little piece of flair.

This top is self-drafted from my bodice sloper, and I used the modifications I had made for my self-drafted maxi dress that I never got around to sewing in real fabric.  Essentially I took the sloper and added a racerback, deepened the armholes, and added a deep V-neckline.  For the peplum, I simply chopped off the maxi skirt and left the top ~8 inches, adding a slight shirttail hem.

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