Taffy Blouse

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It seems like all of my clothing projects start out the same way.  I haven’t yet decided if this makes it boring, or if it means I’m starting to see the method to creating clothing.  Either way, the first thing I did was pick out some excellent fabric for my blouse.  On the recommendation of the book, I went with a silk charmeuse.  It’s a soft, shiny fabric with a lot of drape.  While the example top was done with a see through fabric, I decided that it might be important to use an opaque fabric for my first attempt at french seams.


I really loved the look of the contrasting bias tape that they had used as well… but did I want to use a contrasting bias tape in my project?  I picked out that gorgeous fabric…. would it be hard to match? I had to make a trip to Evansville anyway, so I decided to stop by Let’s Sew (one of my favorite LQS) and look around.  I found a great coordinating bias tape and a lace the matched – I had some detailing in mind.

fabric cut out

That meant it was time to get started with actually making my top.  As always, I prewashed my fabric.  This time I did it on the delicate setting, since this was a much different type of fabric.  I also got my pattern cut out of the tissue paper, and read over the instructions for making the top.  This top is made with the fabric on the bias.  That meant a whole new way of laying out my fabric than I was used to, but I managed to get it figured out anyway.

detail of hemline

I couldn’t believe how quickly and easily this top went together.  I LOVE french seams.  I did decide to leave off the ties for a more simply boxy look and added some lace trim to the bottom.  What do you think?

neck detail on blouse

hem detail on blouse



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