For July, my sewing group had a "Brown Bag Challenge". What is that you ask? Here's how it works:
Bags of fabric are brought in and each member of the group selects a bag. You can't see the fabric before selecting it so it's a surprise for everyone. You can steal a fabric from someone else before you select a bag of your own - and that's what I did! You then have two months to make something - anything using the fabric from the challenge. The black fabric below is a striped seersucker and I love it!
This is a Donna Karan Vogue pattern #1440. The pattern comes with pants, a jacket and this fabulous sleeveless top!
The blouse is completely finished on the inside with French seams and the facings are meant to be turned to the outside and topstitched. I wanted to use a contrasting fabric for my facings and collar to make them stand out more so I selected a linen scrap that was in my stash.
I also removed the placket in the front. I wanted my buttons to stand out, not be hidden behind a placket.
Here's a nice view of the armhole. I found the armhole depth to be perfect and very comfortable to wear. It provides good bra band coverage and isn't tight either. The hem calls for a facing piece as well, but I opted to just do a small double-turned hem.
Close-up of the facing:
I love the back of this blouse!
That V at the back is fabulous! And, I couldn't help myself and added an extra big button to the area.
This blouse is a win-win! Great design, great construction techniques and super comfy to wear!
For those following along on my stashbustin quest - here are my latest totals:
This blouse - 2 yards
YTD = 44.41 yards
Happy sewing everyone!