Saturday, March 24, 2012

Annual Spring Top Post: Spring House Blouse

So here we go with the Annual Spring Top post.  Apparently I really need contests to get by butt in gear to post on this blog.

Here's my top.

It's what I call a House Blouse, it is a vintage cobbler's apron but made in a cute fashion fabric.  Since i pretty much live in tank tops during the summer this is a cute way to cover up, and keep kid shmutz off me, while still looking presentable enough to answer the door, or run an errand.

I found the pattern and tutorial here:

The main fabric is Coloured Dreams by Fabric Freedom (purchased on clearance at Fabricland, December 2011).  The contrast fabric was salvaged from a men's dress shirt. I cut the shirt apart and used the front panels for the ties, saving the placket and using it to create a contrast button band at the back of the blouse.  

I also made some bias binding from contrast fabric, but after pin basting the binding at neck and sleeves I decided it looked too "apron-y" and left it off in favor of a very narrow single fold hem.   I also took a small tuck at the shoulder to keep the look a little more modern.

Over all I love this blouse.  The colour is punchy, it's super comfortable and best of all it's easy to throw on and off, so I actually wear while I'm working around the house.