Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Simplicity 2501 pt 1

As per my usual, I did not work on what I said I was going to. Nor did I work on any previously planned project or UFO. Because that would be too predictable.

Instead, I started on this one, Simplicity 2501:

And I entirely blame Shannon for her Emma Pillsbury postings. Damn her. She misdirected my mojo again. (She has a way of doing that.) I watched my Glee DVD's all weekend and pulled out all my Gleerific patterns to boot.

Emma loves bows. So do I!

But Emma doesn't have my, erm, bustification. Hee. So I didn't want to start off (in my blatant copying of Shannon copying Emma) with a pattern that I wouldn't love (i.e. one that closed me up to the neck and made me look like one big, bow-tied uniboob.) So I chose View C, the bow-collar view (but sans peplum).

I used a stretch cotton from Fashion Fabrics Club. It's a lovely red & cobalt print. If you look closely, you'll see little birds in the floral. Here's as far as I got yesterday, the basic top is together and the collar and facings attached. I still need to finish sleeves and decide about vertical darts in the back (and possibly front).

And here is a closer view of the collar. Gertie made this top last week too, in the peplum view, and her's was in an adorable navy gingham. She changed the collar (I think she'll be doing a tutorial shortly for her collar).

This view, the bow collar, wasn't as popular with Gertie & her readers, but I think mine is turning out quite cute! But that's the great thing about sewing blogs. You get to see a wide variety of garments and variations! Everyone's taste and preferences are different and that's OK.

I've been digging through my smallish stash of vintage buttons for the perfect final touch (well, after sleeves I mean). I have narrowed it down to these two, both 1940s-1950s era. At first I was sure I was using the blue (I actually bought the blue from an Etsy seller to use with this fabric). But the green look pretty fetching too.

Ok, no more blogging until I finish something and photograph it! (ps...I have a skirt to make to go with this too. I promise to try and not get distracted until the entire outfit comes together!)


  1. Beautiful fabric. Use the blue, it is so patriotic, festive, retro, you name it. I have never seen that pattern. Hmmm, maybe need to check it out!

  2. Anonymous1:01 PM

    I really love the collar! I saw the comments on Gertie's blog too, and so happy to see you made the bow collar view to prove them wrong! Love everything about the blouse!

  3. I have this pattern too, and I have to admit that based on the illustration, I was very anti-bows. But yours look fantastic! Can't wait to see the finished product.
    What would we do without the internet and sewing blogs?!?! I would have just walked around with my bow prejudice forever. So refreshing to see it made up so many different ways.

  4. I just love your fabric! Anything with birdies.... I kinda liked the collar you're using, too. When I read Gertie's comment I was a little surprised since she seems fond of bows. Oh well! It looks super cute to me!

  5. Lovely! Also, I like any print w/ birds on it... I think the blue buttons would look really pretty with it...

  6. Anonymous3:18 PM

    I actually love that collar. It's so unusual without being too out-there.

    Your blouse is gorgeous! I have no idea which buttons I'd vote for, because I'd have to see them against the fabric, though.

    I'm sure you'll make the right decision, and I can't wait to see the whole outfit come together!


  7. Great combination of pattern and fabric.

  8. Very pretty fabric, love it! I too have this pattern and just love the style. Yours looks wonderful so far.

  9. Oh I do love your blog and the new top you just made. Don't tell me I'm going to have to pull that pattern out!

  10. Ohhh that's a really cute top. I am adding this pattern to my must sew list. I love the fabric.

  11. I vote for green. And while I hate bows for my own personal use, I think this is going to be a great blouse.

    Word verification: "banerr"... like, "You are the banerr of my existance, darrling Marsharrrr."

  12. Aw man, the next one was so much better!


    "Ptudel! I spit in your general direction!" Awesome.

  13. I vote for green, those buttons are such a vintage shape. I also adore the bows, both versions.

  14. What a sweet top, I love it! Looking forward to seeing the finished product!

  15. Loving this blouse - so cute! The fabric is a perfect match to the pattern.

  16. I'm with the bow people. I love a good bow, judiciously bestowed. This looks like it's going to be super cute.

  17. I really like your top. Love the fabric and your bows. I just recently bought this pattern, and what really attracted me to it was the peplum. This pattern just really has alot of options and I love what you did with it. I'm also looking forward to seeing what skirt you make to wear with it.


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