Last May, in many ways, seems as if it happened a very long time ago. This past year has involved completing my doctorate, a flurry of job applications, a new job, a new apartment, travel to a new country, and an engagement! It has been quite the year.
In light of all these developments, minor adventures in sewing, like finally making it to Old Town Alexandria and discovering the Stitch Sew Shop, seem rather insignificant. It is a delightful shop, and on my visit there last May I picked up the Datura blouse pattern from Deer and Doe. While the project got somewhat lost in the shuffle and then didn’t get blogged for months, it is a well-designed pattern, and I am very happy with the results.
Given that I have been impressed by other Deer and Doe patterns in the past, I have kept an eye on their pattern line and had seen the Datura Blouse online. Even though the construction looked interesting, I never would have pursued it without seeing the pattern in person in Alexandria. The design of the neckline cut-outs is clever and clean, and the easy fit enables the blouse to function without closures. And of course, given that it is sleeveless, this one earns a 10 out of 10 on the arm mobility index!
The cut outs at the neckline are achieved by lining the upper bodice to create a finished, zig-zag neckline and then connecting the points with a double folded bias binding. It requires some careful stitching, but this approach creates a really cool effect and a clean finish. For this project, I used a mystery, watermelon-colored twill fabric which I bought for a dollar a yard on a massive roll at a now defunct fabric warehouse in Lancaster, PA. It has a nice drape for a mid-weight fabric and has plenty of body to support the unusual neckline, but after months of wearing the blouse, I think it is somewhat heavy for this pattern.
Stay tuned for another Datura blouse in the near future made in a lighter fabric with a more fluid drape. I have quite a backlog of projects to record on the blog and some free time for blogging, so you can expect the usual flurry of summer blog posts in the weeks ahead.