I've been a little hive of creativity this past week - I've made two blouses, a skirt, started a Swirl-style wrap dress (although it's not going well - the pattern came without instructions, and I also didn't have quite enough material so had to improvise), and re-sized a bodice pattern ready for making a muslin. Oh, and designed a couple of dresses which I hope to sew by the end of the year.
Anyway, here's my first finished sewing project in months (unless you count my curtains, but that was more of a painting project), the WAAF blouse.
I was so bored of not being able to buy new clothes or fabric that I raided my fabric stash. I had a metre of this fabric (it's got little planes on it!), which I bought in Thailand like two years ago. It was earmarked for the bodice of a shirwaist, but since I didn't have any co-ordinating fabric for the skirt, I decided to use it to try out this blouse pattern - there was just enough. No muslin, no adjustments, I just wanted a quick project so I took the risk and jumped straight in with the pattern, as it's cut to be quite blousy over the bust. And hey presto, perfect!
It took about an afternoon and evening of sewing. Half the time was spent hand-working the buttonholes! My little old sewing machine doesn't do anything but straight stitch, so I have to do either bound buttonholes (which I did for my ballroom belles tea dress) or do 'em by hand. Which I've never done before. So I learnt how. The buttons are vintage, from my collection.
Check out my aeroplane ring - also bought in Thailand, possibly on the same trip as the fabric. (Ignore the chippy nail varnish - the sun was setting fast before we took these so I didn't have the chance to touch it up).
I also took the opportunity to wear my little RAF sweetheart pin (made, so I'm told, from aeroplane windscreen perspex). It's a stick pin, which is why it's ended up at a funny angle.
I was so pleased with this blouse I made another one the next day in cherry print fabric - which I may or may not put up for sale, so watch this space!