Monday, March 24, 2008

Next: BWOF 06/07 #129, 09/07 #131 and McCalls 4450

I have loved this blouse from the first time I saw it. But, it has 17 (count 'em - 17) buttons and buttonholes and I was intimidated! Cidell just completed blouse (01-08 #105) with more than 20 buttons and buttonholes. Ann Rowley (Stitcher's Guild and BurdaEnglish Yahoo group) made a modified version of #105, also with a staggering number of buttons. Scores of buttons and buttonholes are not new within the Online Sewing Community. So, based on my OSB's (Online Sewing Buddies) experiences, I feel empowered. Plus, my Bernina Aurora really does memorize buttonholes exactly. I should have no problem (famous last words).

The fabric is pretty ordinary. The bottomweight is a dark eggplant and the shirting is a coordinating chambray-type weave with black and purple warp and weft (I have no idea which is warp and which is weft). The photo doesn't do the fabrics justice. The colors are much richer than they appear and they coordinate perfectly. I'm going to practice the sleeve placket on muslin before I attempt the blouse. I'm much better at deciphering BWOF instructions these days, but they don't make details like plackets easy. Well, maybe I am still a little intimidated.

On another topic … here is the dress my daughter has chosen for Senior Prom.

(Did I say Senior Prom! I can't believe it's that time of year already!)

I've been lucky. Lindsey, like me, has boring simple tastes, and has always chosen simple designs for her formal dresses. This will be my third formal dress and I feel confident about making it. We haven't picked out fabric yet. Getting her to shop for fabric and stand still for fittings is more difficult than sewing the dress. Shopping for shoes is another ordeal! Eighteen year olds are soooo busy these days! I keep telling myself, "She'll be off to college soon and I'll miss these arguments over shoes and shopping." (Let me stop before I get all emotional and weepy!)

I'll be spending a lot of time in the sewing room over the next few weeks. After these projects are finished, I'll be ready for Spring and Summer sewing projects. Yay!


  1. that is a beautiful pattern for the prom and I can't wait to see your new separates.

  2. Hi! Thanks for stopping by my blog this morning! I'm impressed by all of the clothes that you sew - some day I'll get there :) Have a great day! ~ Kris

  3. I love bloggers with a sense of humor and, as an added bonus, have kids close in age to mine. Looks like that's you. I've subscribed to your site via Bloglines. Thanks for commenting on my blog so I could find you.

  4. Thank you for the marking suggestion. We don't have a Joann's here, but the next time I get to one I'll look for the tracing paper you suggested. The tailor's tacks take too much time for me, but I guess if I do them often enough I'll get use to them.