My sew grateful project is for my mom. Who better to show my appreciation than the woman who sewed my clothes as a kid, let me raid her fabric stash when I decided I wanted to start sewing as a tween, and taught me how to read a pattern and do things right when I finally had the patience to ask for help as a teenager.
I made this pattern for my mom based on a RTW blouse that she loves. I gave her this fabric in a box for Christmas along with several sketches of possible blouses it could become and promised her that I would make it into whatever she wanted.
I put a row of different mother-of-pearl buttons down the front of the blouse and one on the vent in the back. The top button and back button are vintage (1930’s I think) that my mom had and wanted featured on the blouse.
The back has a center seam so that there could be a placket for drape and comfort. Most of the pieces are rectangles, so it was pretty simple construction. I serged all the seams inside and topstitched them down with light gray thread.
The sides also have plackets.
I added an interior yoke facing and both front facings to the blouse to give it strength and a little bit of structure.
I’m very proud of the construction on this blouse and I think it meets my 2013 goal of perfection. Oh, and to make it even better, this is a stashbusting project! The fabric was a gift from a friend, for which I am also sew grateful. When I was given this fabric I immediately knew it needed to be something for my mom because she loves batiks and this is the exact range of colors that makes her eyes sparkle!