|fabric.com animal print haul*|
I keep putting it in quotation marks because I find myself clueless to what a blouse really even IS, and what kind of blouse I want to wear. Does it have to button? Is it ok if it's made of a knit fabric? Can we avoid that because I'm still uncomfortable sewing with knits?
Generally I would go into the "vintage" idea around the forties and fifties but that tends to land me in the area of puff sleeves and peplums and pussy bows. I can probably rock a pussy bow blouse (though I wish we could think of a better name than "pussy bow") but the rest- and the forties/fifties-look dresses I usually choose when I want to be "dressed up" are often too close to "cute" and far from the grown up idea I'm trying to put forward.
Why am I even trying so hard? My workplace is very lenient, and my boss generally wears jeans and a t-shirt (the other day, a Patron tequila branded shirt. He used to be a bartender.. and he also just likes tequila). I'm probably the most dressed person there. I've realized this might also be because I'm the lowest ranking, so I want to be taken a little seriously, and the fact that I sit at the front desk. Also, when I wake up and drag myself out of bed I want to feel like I actually woke up, and not like I'm still in my pajamas.
Said pajamas tend to be the shirt I wore the day before.
So, I am on a blouse quest. I've found a few contenders shopping, but there's always a problem- fit, pattern, material, color, cut, or most of all- price.
And I'm going to sew one. Lucky me, I have the aforementioned lenient workplace. And while I will probably have even greater problems with fit, I can at least control that somewhat- although to argue that I'm choosing great material isn't valid here, since I'm working with the cheapest polyester that I probably shouldn't have bought anyways, and mystery remnants.
I started on Burda, which even did a newsletter of blouses:
And my favorite blouse on that page is probably in the third block of pictures (not including the intro picture): only titled "The Sleeveless Blouse", the pattern is for a button down top with gathers at the neck for fullness.
Simple! Classic! You can tuck it in, but you won't look gross if you don't!
I have already run into problems.
one, it has buttons. I am willing to do buttons. I own buttons. I own a buttonhole foot. But I'm a little nervous.
Two, it's got those well placed front gathers. Here I run into a big part of my "blouse" confusion: I don't tend to like full tops. I like slim things up top, that hug the waist, and flow at the hips.
But I feel like that seems to be in the definition of "blouse" with a few exceptions. Nipping in at the waist tends to be done with many buttons and often with a puff sleeve or peplum. Is there something more mature about a full, loose top?
..I'll think about it.
Diving into my own patterns, I have a dress I could possibly hack into a blouse but might not be worth the effort, and if I have anything else that matches it's been lost to the moving-box-pile (I hate this pile in my life).
Do I go forth without a pattern? Am I ready for that much adventure, that much heartache, especially for a piece of clothing I'm already confused about and am doomed not to like?
Wish me luck, blog.
*Those poly charmeuse animal prints were part of a sale I had trouble resisting. The zebra is- horrors!- slightly sheer. My mother loves animal prints, and because my dad doesn't like them I'm resolving to fill her world with them. However, we are two different sizes.