Make It Your Own

I’ve just finished a colorful new blouse!! When I make clothes for myself I like to start with a pattern and then add touches to make it my own (*see bottom).

Many years ago I got hooked on the Vogue Individualist patterns – I like their flair and they do require some skill.  In this case I used the blouse from pattern # 1437 pictured here.20180426_131113 It has a long length, high collar and overlaid shield on the shoulder (I confess at first I thought it was a yoke).

It is pictured in white but I thought it would look better in multiple bright fabrics.20180429_164058 I searched my stash and grabbed a rich varigated red base color topped with strips of ‘newsprint’ and occasional blocks of chartreuse green; a popping chartreuse with white polka dot (for the shield); and a charcoal grey patterned fabric for the standup collar and other accents. Don’t they look great together??

It had the feel of a modern day eclectic, peasant style tunic so I decided to add design features, piping, buttons and trim to really make it my own:

  • Red ribbon on the underside of the shield edges;
  • Grey charcoal piping along all shield edges;
  • I added a feature of a pleated gusset in the back (also in the polka dot);
  • A GORGEOUS vintage chartreuse and white ribbon trim from my stash for the shield;
  • Charcoal grey tabs at the top of the gusset
  • Charcoal grey and chartreuse polka dot accents along the bottom blouse edges;
  • Faux charcoal grey cuffs with chartreuse polka dot piping;
  • Red and dark grey buttons decorating the shield;
  • No pockets

I’m in love with the final result! It looks awesome with tight black pants and black booties or my black Jambu’s! What recent enhancements have you done to a project to make it your own??

* I was inspired years ago by the book “Make it Your Own” by Lori Bottom/Ronda Chaney which explores design changes in patterns.51N72HVCV9L._AC_US436_QL65_



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