Butterick 6085

I love wearing cotton blouses in the summer and I wanted a better fit this year. So I selected Butterick 6085, short sleeves, button front, simple collar and shirt tails. I adjusted for a full bust and left out the vertical darts.

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Really did a horrible match except down the front, recycled old buttons. I have two shoe boxes full of buttons, so lots of variety but still I have my favorites and some of my shirt buttons have seen many blouses. I bought my plaid from Fabricland, loved it because it went with all my new pants. I love wearing it, but the sleeves are a little tight.

The second blouse I added a couple of slashes to my sleeve pattern. The dotty cotton in the same colours as the plaid, so really 2 blouses, with 3 pants in dark blue, lighter blue and green.  So 5 pieces i my six pack.

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These blouses have quickly become my favorites. I am destined to make more of these. I have been addicted to the summer fabrics , seersucker, lawn  and cottons. m

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Making a 6 pac for a vacation.

Stitcher’s Guild has had a series of 6 pac wardrobe making sew a longs  per season going now for a few years. I have often felt like joining but never ever sewed much and nothing ever went together. So this year I have completed more than a 6 pac . It started with those two pairs of linen pants that didn’t fit at all well but I continued to persevere and started another pair again in linen, green this time, did the flat seat adjustment and took off the saddlebags down the thigh. Things are looking better. I was so enthused that I took in the legs in the first two pairs.  But alas, more is still needed to be removed. I have had the fabric for so long, I don’t know where it came from. The green linen was a factory closeout and I think there was 12 yards or so on the bolt that I bought.

I had enough of a lightweight blouse fabric to make a woven tank and a button front blouse and although the necklines seem a little big, I am fairly happy with the results.

The third blouse I only had a limited amount of fabric and made a short sleeve top which is a bit on the tight side but I this still wearable, although arm movement is somewhat restricted.

The fourth blouse is a poorly matched plaid, but I did do a full bust adjustment and left out the darts in the waist and I love how this blouse makes me feel.

I still am thinking of the overblouse in the sheer and a green linen skirt with a narrow band in the sheer near the hem. If I manage it all I will have nine pieces, I’d say that is a win-win!

August 20th update, 3 pairs of pants, that green linen still needs to be fixed, 5 blouses, 2 dresses. Redoing the overblouse, I wasn’t sure I had both front and back with the same side of the fabric facing out. so doing a bit of a redo.

I just published the dress details and other blog posts are nearly ready to go.   A good portion was from my stash, the linens, the rayon, so happy to use up those pieces.

Two rayon batik dresses McCall’s 6465

This  summer the heat has been brutal. So a rayon loose fitted dress that doesn’t show creases is very appealing.

After my experience with too tight sleeves, I gave myself extra width on the hem, much better. I lowered the front neckline, I had decided to go with a bias trim neck, that was before I found out there were facings.  I also sewed the bias trim on the wrong side, so made the big decision to go with it  and just hand sewed it to the front with little beads. They are pretty subtle. but I enjoyed doing the  hems by hand and I have love seeing all the Alabama Chanin embellishments. After the first wearing, I resewed the seams taking in a  couple of inches. So pretty low key, comfortable, just what I want on vacation. I picked up the fabric in Penticton in the Okanagan in May.

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The second dress is the same as the first, fabric from Fabricana but smaller in the body. I have seen the dresses updated to more modern styles but somehow I am back in the 70’s and I am fine with that. Of course, I just might  be channeling my mother, who favored loose dresses in the summer.