SEW INSPIRED BY: The Delicate Blouse.

by Jamie on December 1, 2014

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Welcome to my first ‘Sew Inspired By’ post!

I’m thinking that these posts will serve to be a discussion about what is inspiring me to sew my next project.

Be it sewing for myself, family or friends, a sewing project needs a good dose of inspiration for me to get started. I have to imagine what it will look like finished, how it will move, the fit, the proportions – it all builds a picture.

At the inspiration stage I look to magazines, history books, film, people on the street and of course Pinterest to help me out with visualising the finished article. Once all enthusiastic, I will start finalising the design and  deciding how I will construct the pattern.

I am hoping that ‘Sew Inspired By’  will be the catalyst to create and finish a sewing project in a relatively short space of time. I will then report back to present what I’ve created, take you through the finished design, pattern making and sewing process and comment on how successful I think I have been –  and trust me, I’m my worst critic!

Now, for today’s inspiration…

A delicate blouse is probably not the most needed item I could choose for my wardrobe right now.

I say this because as far as tops go, I could always use more long and short sleeve T’s – pretty much a daily staple.

However, I’ve recently been conscious of the lack of feminine styling options in my wardrobe and this disturbs me a little. These days I find it all too easy to blend into the background. I’m comfortable in my jeans and T’s – that is fine most days, but invite me to a dressier affair, and I start to lament about the sorry state of my wardrobe.  You see, I’ve been on a bit of a shopping hiatus over the past few of years. This has mostly been due to a refusal to buy throwaway clothing and an inability to afford anything better. “Oh, but don’t you sew?” … Err, well, yes, but until now, for other people – not for myself… Sad, I know.

On a happier note, this blog is the opportunity for me to remedy my wardrobe and share the journey.

But I digress…


When I say a delicate blouse – for want of a better description,  I have in mind a delicate, light and airy blouse with fine detail and soft lines. Not too frilly or flouncy, but understated and feminine.


I love these silhouettes, especially when teamed with trousers or jeans to give the delicate blouse more street appeal – which is more up my ally.

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I’m attracted to these simple lines and clean details.

This blouse is still whirling around in my head and the details haven’t come together yet, but here are a few of my design considerations to share with you.

  1. Fabric – Could easily be made in silk chiffon, crepe de chine. For this project I will be delving into my existing stash and using cotton/silk voile.
  2. Sleeves – Set in sleeves, possibly blouson, gathered at the cuff with a single button opening on a bound cuff.
  3. Neckline – round with keyhole opening – either at the front or back neck. Neck finish may include a type of collar or facing.
  4. Other design details– Clean lines, tucks, pin tucks, pleats shoulder yolks, fine internal seams.
  5. The cut – loose enough to pull on over the head but not over-sized. Should fit slimly onto the shoulders. Blouse should be able to be tucked into the waist or un-tucked to loosely fall over the hips.

So there you have it – my first self-imposed design project for Paper Scissors Pins… Stay tuned!

Do you have any garment / design ideas whirring around in your head at the moment?

Sew, Wear, Love



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