Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Felix and Isabelle Liberty Blouse


Initially I was going to call this top a Sewaholic Oakridge but on
reflection it has been altered somewhat from the original pattern  hence the rather boring title.  The title may be boring but the blouse is anything but!  This particular Liberty fabric is loud in the extreme.  It came in two colourways. The second is more muted greens and oranges but I liked this one best.  The fabric is Liberty Tana Lawn, Felix and Isabelle.  I had been admiring it from a safe distance every time I visited Fabric Vision all summer.  When they had a 25% off storewide sale recently, I could look no longer.  I bought 1.5m and wasn't sure what pattern I wanted to use but new what I really wanted to achieve.  It had to be simple and have a boho vibe but still look modern.  This particular print lends itself to modern styling unlike a lot of Liberty fabrics.


For the most part, my pattern is Sewaholic Oakridge.  The sleeves have however been modified.  I added width to the sleeves and lowered the arm scythe.  I then straightened the sleeve underarm seam so I could gather it into a band below the elbow.




I had intended to have a tunic style straight hem but once I had the blouse to try on stage I changed my mind.  For some reason it just looked odd. I found the perfect purply pink buttons in my stash to finish it off.


I love my new blouse.  The fabric is lovely to wear.  As luxurious as silk is, I really prefer cotton and this fabric is a good balance of luxury and practicality.

Please note, the crease in the photo above is not a reflection of the fit of the top.  I wore a cotton knit camisole underneath when I took this photo to make changing in public a little more decent and the blouse managed to snag on it for some reason.


These photos were taken at Akaroa over the last weekend (Easter).  The artist statue above is a sculpture of Charles Meryon (1821-1868), Lieutenant and artist on French naval ship Le Rhin.

 
 

11 comments:

  1. Very pretty fabric and you have chosen the perfect pattern. Gorgeous blouse!

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    1. Thank you! I actually wish I had bought it in the other colour as well.

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  2. Love it, It looks great on you and the colours are really flattering!

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    1. Thank you! The colours are really pretty and it should go with lots of different items in my wardrobe.

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  3. Very pretty & love the rounded hemline. Love the background scenery!

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    1. Thank you Beverly! It is nice to have a fresh backdrop. I get a little tired of my garden shots.

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  4. Love all the changes to the sewing pattern - doesnt look like the original at all. I agree every sewer should have the luxury of a liberty garment - it feels divine. Your chosen print looks pretty and vibrant.

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    1. Thank you! I really didn't know what I was missing which was probably a good thing!

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  5. It is very pretty, I would love to see a close up of the print.
    (Or I can just google it)
    xx N

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    1. Sorry, I should have thought of a close up!

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  6. I love your new blouse. I was really excited to see the design, exactly the pattern I'd been looking for a piece of cloth I have. Sadly I'll have to improvise too.

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