Friday, March 23, 2012

The Honey Blouse

The Honey Blouse in Amy Butler Martini

Earlier this week, I finished sewing The Honey Blouse, a pattern by Make It Perfect. I won this pattern as part of Celebrate Color last fall!

As part of my prize, I got to pick out two patterns, so you might remember when I made Make It Perfect's Shearwater Kaftan back in January. Between the two patterns, I'm really loving the shape of the Honey Blouse a bit more. It is so easy to wear, and as the pattern says, you really could dress it up or down depending on the occasion.

The Honey Blouse in Amy Butler Martini

For my fabric, I used Amy Butler's Martini in Grey. I love to quilt with brights, but tend to stick with neutral clothing, so this print has the perfect level of wearability for me. The rust colored dots pop just enough to add some fun, and I love the grey!

The Honey Blouse in Amy Butler Martini

I really like Make It Perfect patterns, once I got used to the format. Basically, these patterns work best if you trace the design onto freezer paper, then iron directly onto your fabric. I did not follow the cutting directions for fabric, but instead arranged my pieces in order to save yardage. There are a few strips of fabric you'll cut from measurements instead of pattern pieces (the neckline, sleeve linings, waistband and shirt ties).

The Honey Blouse in Amy Butler Martini

The tricky part about this pattern is the twisted neckline, which really isn't so bad once you get the hang of it. But I did rip out my stitching once and reattempt the neck lining. So much better the second time around! You'll have plenty of practice attaching this style of band, because the sleeves are attached the same way.

The Honey Blouse in Amy Butler Martini

For my next version of this shirt (yes, I will definitely sew this pattern again!), I'm going with shorter sleeves and will probably do without the waist tie. As a happy accident,  I also timed this project perfectly with the Made By Rae Spring Top Sewalong. It runs through April 22 if you're game!

Also linking up to Sew & Tell and Sew Modern Monday.






23 comments:

  1. Really cute! Great fabric choice too. I always struggle with fabric choices for clothing for me.

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  2. Love it! I am so tempted to start trying to sew some clothes...I just need to get brave. Did you serge the inside?

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  3. I was wondering if you were going to enter this into the Spring Top Sewalong!

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  4. Awesome- really nice fabric for this patters, and it's so cute on you :)

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  5. Check out your sassy self! Very cute.

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  6. what a great pattern! Awesome job!

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  7. Pretty top and beautiful lady!!!!!

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  8. Love the top it looks great!! The fabric choice was spot on =D

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  9. Lindsay, this is so cute! And you're such a fun model! I totally agree...I'm always quilting with brights but I tend to stick to safer colors in my wardrobe. That is a great print for a top!

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  10. Super cute top! I love the colors and it looks adorable on you!

    xo -E

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  11. Super cute! And it looks great on you! Love your choice of fabric. :o)

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  12. I popped over from the Spring Shirt Sew along...and am so happy to find your blog...lovely sewing....lovely shirt....and lovely blog!

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  13. Adorable top especially the twisted neckline.

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  14. Ummm, this rocks! And you are adorable! :) Thanks for linking up to {Sew} Modern Monday and have a great week!

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  15. I like it girl! I think it's cute.

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  16. I love it -it's gorgeous and flattering! You are beautiful regardless but a pretty top never hurts. ;-)

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  17. Nice! I have yet to have the bravery to sew a top, but when I do the first one will be a Make it Perfect.

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  18. The top is beautiful. Love the fabric choice and the style is very flattering on you.

    Found you via Sewing Summit! Looking forward to following your blog.

    ~Courtenay

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  19. I love it, Lindsay! It looks great on you and the fabric is definitely a good choice. I'm headed over to check this pattern out because as the weather warms up, I get more and more in the mood to sew clothing instead of quilts (and it's already in the 80s here every day!)

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  20. I love seeing people get into sewing more clothes! You know, if you come to Portland, I can think of quite a few places to take you for garment fabric shopping sprees! ;)

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