Autumn arrived this weekend with a wild wind storm. We had to move our vehicles away from the house after FL's car was hit by a falling branch. On the scale of world wind events, this is a mere whistle, but it certainly signals a change of season. I was determined to do some sewing from my autumn palette. This fabric has been languishing in the stash for a year, if not two. It is a Liberty Tana lawn, which I bought for a song on eebaay.
The pattern is of course Colette's Sencha. I made my first version over a year ago and it has become the top I reach for on days when I have an important meeting. It is comfortable and yet smart - a good combination!
Pattern: Colette Sencha No. 1007, made in size 6
Fabric: About 1.3 metres of Liberty Tana Lawn, bought for about £10 from Little Shop of Treasures on eebaay.
Buttons: 8 vintage 1940's dark green plastic cat's eye buttons for about £1.20 from Clover Crafts and Curios on eebaay.
How was the sewing?:
You would have thought I would know what I was doing, considering I made this pattern successfully once before. However, I found myself puzzling over the instructions for the neck pleats. I am quite convinced that the reason many sewists find the neck of this blouse coming up too high is because they have misunderstood how to bring the dots together and then stitch through said dots. I have made a note on my pattern to say: "pinch fabric together to form a pleat on the wrong side, aligning the dots on the right side". That's better!
I made a pig's ear of the back buttonholes, because the back facing is not interfaced. On their own, two layers of tana lawn make an insubstantial ground for a buttonhole, and I found my needle wasn't sharp enough to pierce the fabric cleanly and move forward evenly with the increased presser-foot tension that a buttonhole requires. So I made myself another note to change the needle and consider adding a square of interfacing between the layers of lawn, behind each buttonhole.
However, you can probably tell that the reason I made all these notes was that I love love love the outcome! I will certainly make another Sencha! And it will probably be in Liberty lawn again, because it is the ideal fabric for this pattern: plenty of drape, soft and fine - ah bliss!
A work wardrobe staple! It has such a wonderful vintage vibe and sets off my grandma's glass flapper beads perfectly. At the moment, my caramel Eva Dress trousers are the best bottom-half match, but I intend to make a chocolate brown skirt to give myself another, more seasonally appropriate, option. It is an exact colour-match with my Audrey-in-Unst cardigan... which is just as well because it is flipping freezing today! When I finished taking these photos I had to run to FL for a hug to get warm again! ; )