Chambray bruyere has a nice lilt to it. And I think it makes for a pretty nice blouse. I adored this pattern the moment Deer & Doe released it and, given that I need to make myself some winter clothes, it seemed logical for it to jump to the top of the queue when I finally got my hands on a copy. I struggled to decide on the fabric for this blouse and had considered trying it in a nice plaid flannel (since I’m obsessed with plaid flannel right now), but I was worried that with a bulky flannel the bottom of the blouse wouldn’t have had the right kind of drape for the volume.
I happened to have some chambray in my stash that was almost enough for this blouse, so rather than continue to search for the absolute perfect fabric, I went stashbusting. I didn’t have quite enough, so I cut the undercollar, facing, and cuff linings out of a ditsy quilting cotton that was my grandmother’s. I barely eeked the blouse out of what I did have, and had to cut a few pieces on the cross grain to make everything fit.
I made a total bonehead move when sewing the collar and sewed the wrong side of the collar and then trimmed the seam. I didn’t have enough fabric to cut another collar, so I had to do what I could to salvage it. My bonehead move continued into re-transferring notches to the re-sewn collar, so when I sewed the collar onto the blouse, I aligned it improperly so I can’t button it all the way up without it looking silly. I don’t think it’s very noticeable when it not buttoned all the way up, so just don’t look too closely.
I thought that I would like the blouse best as simple as possible so I left off any topstitching. But now I find it a little overly simple, so I’m thinking about going back and topstitching it all in gold thread to match the sparkly gold buttons I added. What do you think?
I’m not really sure how to style the blouse, unfortunately. I find chambray blouses to be a little stymying. The only other chambray blouse I own is my Guatemalan Cowgirl blouse, which I adore, I only wear it with my fuchsia jeans. I don’t feel like I can wear chambray with blue jeans, because then it becomes a Canadian tuxedo, but this blouse seems just a little bit short to wear with leggings. I have been wearing it with a beautiful aran style sweater that my great grandmother knit for my great grandfather and I think they make a great match, so at least I have my top half looking good!