Monday, November 22, 2010

Celebration Blouse

Last Friday I handed in the first draft of my thesis. Sixty pages on early Soviet Constructivist architecture, communal housing and socialist utopianism, in case you were wondering.

To celebrate my freedom from the prison that is MS Word, I started flipping through the Stylish Dress Book to service my need for some decompression sewing. Using style J as a guide, this baby sort of just came together. Not a bad way to spend a Saturday afternoon, if you ask me.
Not much to say, so I'll just show you:

The fabric was not especially fun to work with. A synthetic chiffon I used for my (vegan) sister's performance dress, it was quite prone to fraying, and difficult to mark and press for pintucks. Let's just stay there was much basting and stay-stitching involved.

But, man, was all that extra prep worth it. I am in love with this top.


Juliette Esper said...

Brilliant way to celebrate the result of hard work (having lived in one of those Soviet constructions for a good 20 years I should know hahaha)

Excellent work- not an easy fabric to work with! Well done

Kathy Barbro said...

I don't know which I like more, your blouse or your photo of it! Congrats on a beautiful work of art.