Laurel in Feathers

30 April

In the nick of time, I made a blouse for the Laurel Sewing Contest.  Actually, I made it for me – the contest was just a kick in the arse so I’d get it done.

Laurel Front Smile

Isn’t the back cute?

Laurel Back

The Laurel is a basic shift dress/blouse pattern by Colette Patterns.  Although you can get the pattern electronically, I opted for the hardcopy, and I’m so glad I did.  What beautiful packaging and crystal clear instructions.  Well done, Sarai!

The fabric is a silky polyester I got at Jo-Ann Fabrics called Neutral Feather Peachskin.  I like the drape, silkiness, and that it’s a light summery color without being see-through.  The peach bias tape is from my grandma’s sewing supply stash 🙂

Laurel Pattern

I tweaked the blouse pattern a bit by adding 3 inches to the length and a couple ties to the back darts.  I made it in a size 14 for the bust, but rather than taking in the other measurements to fit right, I just added ties to the back.  That way, it’s adjustable to the kind of fit I want: flowy or more fitted.

Laurel Back Tie

To make the ties: cut a rectangle 2″ x 18″, fold in half lengthwise, stitch all sides, cut in half crosswise, turn right side out, press, inset into the back dart at the corner before pinning, then stitch as normal.

Laurel Darts

I started making this blouse on 4/29 and finished it the next day, amidst all the normal day-to-day happenings of being a wife and mom.  With just 4 pattern pieces and minimal seams, it comes together pretty fast.  I stitched the bias tape to the sleeves via sewing machine, rather than by hand as the pattern indicates.  If you don’t mind seeing stitching on the bias tape, it’s a good way to go if you’re in a hurry.  But for the neckline, I opted to slipstitch it on by hand.  Of course it took a little bit more time, but it’s just such a nice touch.  And a good way to slow down and enjoy the process.

Laurel Blouse

What a comfortable blouse this is!  And I like the added length – it makes me feel more comfortable wearing leggings or skinny jeans.

And, per my sewing journal entry on this project, if I make this blouse again, I’d go with a more casual cotton lawn or voile.  And maybe shorten the sleeves just a tiny bit.

2 Responses to “Laurel in Feathers”

  1. Linda 05/18/2013 at 6:14 am #

    Hi, great job. I love the silky fabric as it drapes so beautifully. The ties are a brilliant idea.

    • Angela 05/20/2013 at 5:27 pm #

      Thanks Linda!

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