I needed a simple long sleeved blouse as a part of my Mini Swap. I looked through my BWOF index and even looked through McButterVogue catalogs. Nothing was exactly what I wanted. But wait! I'm sewing this top, right? I can do anything I want with it! Isn't that the reason why I sew? Doh! Huge head slap!
BWOF 05-2006-130 had the bones I wanted: long sleeves and no collar. All I had to do was shorten it and move the front opening to the back. The process for making a slit opening in the neckline was in Easy Guide to Sewing Tops and T-Shirts (Tilton, 1998) but since there was a slit opening already in the front of the top, I really didn't need to consult the book. But, I read it anyway to bolster my confidence.
There is a real possibility this wardrobe won't be finished in time to wear this season. This blouse is only the first piece in the wardrobe. I still have another blouse, pants, a skirt and a jacket to sew. The fabric for the skirt, pants and jacket is a light weight wool and would certainly qualify as a transition garment and that provides some motivation to keep working on this project. I've always suspected I didn't have the patience to finish a SWAP. Life has stolen a big chunk of my sewing time and I've almost lost interest in this project. So, I'm changing the purpose of this wardrobe. It has become a segue project until I can begin warm weather sewing. At the rate I'm sewing now, by the time I finish the four other pieces, it will be May!