I made my first Colette Violet blouse last year and was reasonably pleased with it - it was a bit wide, but I only wore it tucked in so it didn't matter - or so I thought. Then I saw Lauren's fitted version, then Joanne's, then Winnie's and I suddenly had an urgent need to wear mine untucked too. Enter two pairs of giant darts: two at the front and two at the back. Thanks Lauren for that tip, I can now wear it untucked without looking six months pregnant.
With my next Violet, I worked out how much I'd taken in the first one by and transferred the measurements to the pattern, cutting out a size smaller for good measure. The result? Well, I'm about 90% pleased with it.
There was still too much fullness in the back, but nothing a giant vertical pleat couldn't sort out (ahem). There's not much more to say about it really except that it's a sweet looking blouse which will work with lots of my bottom halves. And it looks fine untucked...
|I couldn't resist adding one with a loony face|
.... and tucked in.
So, on to the fabric. It's almost a year since I bought this Liberty cotton lawn, designed by author Lauren Child (of Charlie and Lola fame).
I love the colour combination and the yellow centres of the flowers gave me an opportunity to experiment with my new colour obsession. I've been hankering after making something yellow for a while now, and I'm slowly building up an Pinterest board of yellow-inspired things. But I'm still pretty nervous about wearing it. It's probably to do with my colouring and hair - I'm worried I'll look like a bowl of custard. A pop of yellow in the fabric and buttons is my first baby step towards a full on yellow-fest and I quite like it.
I'm curious to know what you all think? Please don't feel you have to be polite - if you really think yellow would be a no-no for me, declare it now! I'm too long in the tooth to take offence, and I'd much rather know if it's a tragic mistake before I shell out on yellow fabric. I can always play with yellow accessories if it's never to be.
In other news, I had the pleasure of taking both boys for a dental check-up today. As with all these things, the reality was far less stressful than I was anticipating (although an autistic child with a particular aversion to drills isn't the best starting point). They've both had their rewards for being good and brave, so I'm going to get mine on Saturday. I'm off to Walthamstow market for a blogger meet up and fabric swap organised by Claire of Sew Incidentally. I've never been to Walthamstow market before and I can't wait! There's some serious fabric spending money burning a hole in my pocket…
Happy Easter. x