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A Summer Blouse for Willow

Willow's BlouseAlign Center
Eventually it will warm up here in upstate New York state, and my 10 yr old niece will be able to wear this sleeveless summer blouse. In the meantime, I think it will layer nicely worn open over a light t-shirt.

This blouse is from an Ottobre Pattern, Issue 02/03, #19...that I modified by adding elastic to the sleeve hems. Here is a close-up of the
"Euro-ruffle" embellishment, an idea shown on the example in the magazine...it was fun and very easy to do--

I cut a 3/4" wide strip of fabric on the bias. The next step was to run a long stitch down the center of the entire length of the strip. After gathering the strip to make a long raw-edge ruffle, I arranged it on the blouse in a random pattern. To secure the ruffle to the shirt, I stitched it down the center with narrow, short, zig-zag stitching. After pulling out the gathering threads, the ruffle embellishment was complete !

SEWING NOTES: Collar and Facings interfaced with PRO-SHEER ELEGANCE FUSIBLE Interfacing from ~Fashion Sewing Supply~ . Cotton Fabric from Fabric.com. Mother-of-Pearl Buttons from my stash.


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Blogger Meg said...

I love that embellishment. Easy, you say?

11:42 AM  
Blogger Erica Bunker said...

How cute! That blouse is adorable!

11:45 AM  
Blogger Nancy K said...

I love the embellishment and the blouse is stylish and cute. How is the embellishment done?

1:05 PM  
Blogger Summerset said...

Another cute one. Yeah, my 10 year old would be wearing this over a turtleneck. Maybe it will get over 60 today!

1:13 PM  
Blogger Shannon said...

That is so super cute - I love the embellishment!

6:54 PM  
Anonymous designdreamer said...

What kind of fabric is the ruffled embellishment? Did you just leave a raw edge?

7:43 PM  
Blogger Pam Erny said...

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7:51 PM  
Blogger Pam Erny said...

So glad you like this little blouse..it was a delight to sew!

The bias strip of fabric is just a lightweight woven cotton, and yes, I did just leave the edges raw.

More information about how I did the embellishment is now on the blog post.

7:53 PM  
Blogger Ann Made Studio said...

Ah this blouse is sweet! I too love the embellishment. It's a nice touch!

7:54 PM  
Blogger JoanneM said...

Truly lovely Pam.

9:08 PM  
Blogger gwensews said...

Love that! Totally awesome embellishment!

9:57 PM  
Blogger Karla said...

How darling is that!

7:31 AM  
Anonymous phyllis said...

So cute! Feminine but not gooey.

8:38 PM  
Blogger Liana said...

So cute, and of course, the perfect embellishment. Love that fabric.

6:02 PM  
Blogger Jean said...

Very pretty blouse --- I love the fabric choice but especially the ruffle embellishment!

9:40 AM  

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