Rhapsody Blouse in Liberty Silk Cotton
When I visited New York two years ago, I was fortunate enough to have time for a shopping trip to Mood Fabrics. My travel friend was good enough to accompany me while my husband stayed at the hotel. She was a great enabler because although, I was pretty much a rabbit in the head lights at the time and totally overwhelmed by the experience of Mood Fabrics, she wandered around and enthusiastically pulled out rolls of fabric that she thought I might like. Fortunately, I did go in there with a bit of a shopping list or else I may have walked out with nothing. This piece of Liberty silk/cotton was not on my shopping list but I am always a sucker for silk cotton so even though this was exorbitantly expensive taking into account the exchange rate at the time I bought it anyway. I only had one shot at this so cost was not going to be a barrier.
This fabric has always been at the back of my mind but I have since not found a suitable pattern to make it in. I had two yards so could have made a dress, but I have come to the conclusion that I really don't wear pretty dresses enough to justify making such an expensive piece of fabric into it. I have however thrashed my two recently made Love Notions Rhapsody blouses so this pattern was the obvious choice.
Because the fabric is slightly sheer I opted to use a plain white cotton for the yoke lining. This may also have been a poor choice on a light weight fabric because I feel it gives it just slightly too much heft in the yoke. Hmm I am hoping this will grow on me as I wear it. I do know that it will give the blouse a little more strength so may not in hindsight have been a disastrous decision.
I feel given the origins of the fabric, I may have just put too much pressure on myself to produce the perfect garment and although I have ended up with something that is perfectly wearable and I would like in any other situation my expectations are overshadowing my results in a more negative way than is realistic. Time will tell on that one! If all is in fact lost, I do have quite a bit of this fabric left so can remake this and the leftover into another garment if time doesn't heal.