Pattern collecting: the blouse edition

March 11, 2010

I love sleeveless blouses. I wear them year-round, regardless of their seasonal appropriateness (and I do live in Boston, so they really aren’t appropriate). Usually, I try to find them deeply discounted at J. Crew and such, but it’s difficult because their discounts are still quite expensive, and they don’t wear well. I’ve worn many of them out, and I worry that it’s starting to show :(.

Unfortunately, the blouses at major pattern companies don’t feel quite right for me, either. Vogue does not have a single blouse pattern I like. Not one. So I began scouring Etsy and eBay for vintage patterns, but these too are hard to find. Luckily, I wear a common (in vintage patterns) size. This morning, I bought three gorgeous patterns:

1. Advance 6710:

2. McCall’s 8929

3. Simplicity 3358

I love the scalloped neckline on McCall’s 8929! It might be a little above my level for now, but I am armed with a library full of Adele Margolis and Claire Schaeffer books, so we’ll see.

I am in the process of designing a quilt (in my mind) for a charity called Wrapped in Hope (we are also doing one as a guild; it is a truly wonderful and worthy cause). Maia, the child for whom I am quilting, likes “pink, purple, and flowers.” Happy to know my tastes run like that of a nine-year-old. I think I am going to use a lot of Heather Ross fabrics, and I picked up a yard of this discontinued fabric from the Westhill Wildflowers collection:

Also…drum roll, please…I bought some Flea Market Fancy. I really want to know what the fuss is about, and it was reasonably priced ($4 for a half-yard). I wouldn’t have bought it if it was going for, say, $45 like some FMF fat quarters on Etsy (go look if you don’t believe me). It will blend well with my stash, which is increasingly pink.

I have another finished quilt to show you (and a new improv design project), but they’ll have to wait for another day.


One Response to “Pattern collecting: the blouse edition”

  1. sarah Says:

    Great finds!! Have you thought of trying the Colette pattern Sencha blouse? Although, I admit I haven’t bought it because I can get a couple vintage ones for the same price….still, it’s very cute!

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