Linen blouse

Hello, I am so proud to show the first blouse I’ve made for myself. Buying retail clothing has never been any fun for me, so when I wanted a fitted blouse I just had to make it myself. The fabric I used was originally a pair of Aina curtains I found in IKEA, luckily in the bargain corner. When I got home from ikea I quickly grabbed my seam ripper and started taking out stitches, I washed the fabric and let it air dry, once dry I pulled the twist out of the fabric in order to get the correct grainline. When the fabric was ready to be cut I had 5 meter of linen. After laying the pattern pieces out on the fabric I had 2,6 meter of linen.

 I drafted the pattern myself, so the blouse would be made to measure. It features a flat peter pan collar, panel seams, yoke, mother of pearl buttons and three darts. This being my first blouse I am really proud of how I turned out, but there are a few alterations I would like to do for my next blouse, like not making the hem as curved as I did and being more aware of button placement. (not loving the gaping around my bust)

The skirt is made of vintage rayon curtains, curtains are excellent thrift finds for sewing, because you can find intricate patterns and unique designs, get great yardage and sometimes find exclusive fabrics.
I hope you enjoyed my first blog entry, before finishing up I would like to add that being Norwegian and writing in English can be difficult at times so please be patient