love is a many layered thing

i don’t usually sew one-coloured/solid-coloured fabrics. i always go for print because in my mind that’s what makes the end result special: having a one of a kind print in a one of a kind style. but lately i’ve been having a difficult time choosing what to wear for work, because almost everything in my closet has print. ugh.

that’s when i knew it was time for me to open my mind towards one-coloured fabrics. or even colourless fabrics.

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self-made blouse and skirt, H&M necklace.

like i once said here, i still think it would be nice to have a close-to-normal white buttoned up shirt. my last attempt at doing that was nowhere near normal, so here’s another one.

i decided to make it from polyester crepe fabric with a tiny bit of stretch, and all the time thinking what i could do to make it a little bit more “me” even when it’s just a plain white fabric. and then, i got it! i want the blouse to have layers, similar to those on trench coats.

image borrowed from BurdaStyle.com.

first, i began by looking for a basic buttoned up shirt pattern for the base. i used pattern no. 119 from BurdaStyle magazine 06/2013.

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i didn’t make the pockets and also changed the shape of the sleeves which was easier to sew. and then i added the “layers” to both sides of the blouse.

i thought i was so great for coming up with this layered blouse idea, but as i tried it on, i suddenly got reminded of a blouse my sister had some time in the ’90s, with the exact same layers & in the exact same colour, with the exact same sleeves… i have yet to confirm this memory of mine with my sister, but i regret to say that i’m not as original as i thought i was. :p

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i only encountered one problem while sewing this… and it was because of my own laziness (of course, what else?). i knew that normally you should put an interfacing fabric on the collar part, but since i only had a stiff one, ie. not the thin woven kind, i decided to just omit it. and my, what a mistake.

layerblouse5i stupidly thought that the only difference the interfacing would do was make the sewing easier… well, now i know–the hard way–that without the interfacing for this kind of fabric the collar would just be out of shape. snick.

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by then it was too late already to add it afterwards. thankfully i got this fabric only for about 5 € (it was around 1,6 m long, and 1,5 m wide). but anyhow… i still like the overall result. it’s 99% exactly like how i envisioned it (and 99% exactly like the blouse that my sister used to have, as well, maybe). and i think, if i’m careful enough, you can’t really see the faulty on the collar. *crosses fingers*.

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i have to admit, i didn’t think sewing a one-coloured fabric could be interesting, too. all the time, i was only worrying about how every mistake can be seen since there’s no print/pattern to hide the seams. but on the other hand, since there’s no print to distract the eyes, i can play around with the seams & cuts.

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now that i know how to do this kind of blouse, i might just make another one… perhaps in another colour, and why not do more layers and use 2-3 more colours? yes, i think i have become friends now with one-coloured fabrics, in fact, i may just love it as much as printed fabrics! after all, love is a many layered thing.

 

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4 thoughts on “love is a many layered thing

  1. I still think this blouse is a great success, even with the “faulty” collar (which isn’t even that noticeable). Now I am starting to imagine how your next multicoloured layers blouse would look like 😀

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