Classic Pinstripes for Christmas

1953 Butterick 8097

1953 Butterick 8097

Yup, this gorgeous pattern has had its second outing!  Let’s be honest, that little pink rosebud Liberty version was so pretty, I just had to do another!  This one is for a certain special young lady for Christmas, so I couldn’t photograph it on her!  May I present instead my vintage, table-top model wearing my latest creation..

1953 Butterick 8097 in pale blue cotton & elastene pinstripe

1953 Butterick 8097 in pale blue cotton & elastene pinstripe

The fabric is a pale blue stretch cotton with a satin finish that I bought aaaaages ago at a sewing show in Birmingham from Fabulous Fabric.  Sadly that store no longer exists.  They stocked so many interesting fabrics and had loads of ex-Paul Smith shirting, like this piece.  Luckily I had bought enough to make a few projects and this is the second blouse I’ve cut from it.  The cuffs are plain white cotton lawn.  They had to be, really!

I used flat fell seams throughout, topstitching with a grey thread that looks great against the pale blue.  I cut a double yoke to hide all the gathers on the back.  This time I left the facing & integrated shawl collar in the same fabric as the rest of the blouse.  I wanted the intersecting stripes on the centre back seam, but figured without the stretch & the bias…  hmm.  It took 3 turns, but eventually the fabric behaved itself, & this is the result.

Perfect stripe matching at the centre back seam on the shawl collar

Perfect stripe matching at the centre back seam on the shawl collar

 

Soft gathers into the yoke

Soft gathers into the yoke

This cotton has more weight to it than the Liberty lawn did, so as a result it has a lovely hang or drop.  With the elastene content I know it will be really comfortable for her to wear all day.  I’m looking forward to seeing it with jeans, or something smarter!

Buttons from the charity shop

Buttons from the charity shop

The buttons were a real find.  I had nothing suitable in my large button collection – don’t you hate it when that happens??  So off I went into town to see what I could get at the charity shop.  I never try the haberdashery store any more, the charity shop has a much better selection & they’re so much cheaper too!  These are a very dark blue, they could almost be black.  I think they’re perfect, especially on the cuff.

Thrifted button at the cuff

Thrifted button at the cuff

Too hidden?  I think they’ll peek out when necessary!  As you can see I stuck with the grey thread for the buttonholes, even on the white.  Makes it more interesting.

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butterick 8097Apologies for the lighting, I really must remember to take photos in more daylight!

One more view of the front

One more view of the front

That’s my first handmade Christmas present finished, I’m honestly not sure how many more I’ll get done!  I had intended to make each family member one item but December kinda crept up on me, even though I know full well it was coming!  My next project is not a present, but a party dress for Belle.  Her class are throwing a Christmas party – a fancy dress Christmas party.  She has decided to go as the Christmas tree, so I guess I will be ticking two December challenges with this project, the Sewcialist’s Green December & the Monthly Stitch’s Party Dress.

In other news, I have joined Kollabora.  I have been with Burdastyle for a while, but their website is full of glitches & I got fed up trying to load my last 5 or 6 projects because of bugs or whatever.  So I’m giving Kollabora a try & have already found loads of sewists whose blogs I follow.  Now I just need to get the hang of how it works  🙂  If you’re on Kollabora & would like to follow me, you’ll find me here, or you can click on the button below the comments section at the bottom of this post.

 

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