Thursday, October 09, 2008

Two Blouses
Not brilliant photos, but you get the idea. I used Simplicity 4177 for both of these garments. The first is made from a panel of fabric I found at the local St Vincent de Paul's op shop, cost a whole $2 (Aussie dollars, so about $1.50 US). I used this fabric for the first go beacuse I wanted to try making the pattern with a design running around the bottom hem, in preparation for the following version. I didn't have enough fabric for the long sleeves, so went with the short sleeved version C.

The second blouse is the 'for good' version, made with broderie anglaise and pretty ribbon for the detail. It's actually a combination of versions A and B. A had the detail on neck and sleeves, but no frills on the sleeves. With the pretty scalloped edge of the fabric I decided to put B's sleeves onto A's torso.

This one has been christened with a trip to the movies with a dear friend. We saw The Duchess, which I enjoyed very much, though now I have to drink Earl Grey tea all the time, and I'll probably never think of a Devonshire tea the same again. The costumes were spectacular. As soon as I got a moment I googled Duchess Georgiana of Devonshire. There were a few liberties taken with the plot, but in general I felt it was a very interesting movie. Life was so different for women in the 18th century.


Lily Boot said...

ooooh - the good one is very elegant but I LOVE the panel! What a bargain for $2!

Megan said...

Love the blouses! I definitely want to see "The Duchess" - I'm a sucker for a costume drama!

Kristin said...

Very pretty!

Me said...

wonderful job - both are lovely - the second is very, very romantic.

meggie said...

Pretty & comfortable looking.
Love period costumes when they are well done.