Lately there has been something of a blouse-a-thon going on around here.
Today I am featuring the Taffy blouse from the Colette Sewing Handbook. This is up there as one of my all time favourite designs. Its a joy to wear and lends itself to be fashioned in an array of beautiful fabrics. Cut on the bias and the addition of the bias bound edge is a lovely detail and it nails that 1930′s vibe – when it comes to decades I’m happy to bounce around – though not so much those that I have actually lived through, too traumatic! Anyway I like this little number, as depending on the fabric, it can be elegant dressy or comfortably casual. The cut skims the body and the ties nip in the waist giving a nice shape. There are no closures to be concerned with and if you keep to the principle of cutting on the true bias then the most novice of sewists will be successful.
I didn’t have to alter this pattern at all and everything came together easily. I would however add that if you attach the bias binding as per the instructions i.e doubled over and top-stitched through, then it sits a bit proud of the body (1 &2) however if you attach the binding as in the normal way; that is singly, raw edges together, turned and hand stitched at the underside, it sits more flush at the neckline, (3) the latter is more time consuming than the former but I think when going for a more formal take then its best to take the extra time.
All blouses are made in silk with a cotton lawn binding. On blouse number 3 I doubled layered the sleeves and this gives a nice weighty drape. When summer comes round I may look to do this in a fine cotton spotted voile and maybe add a cowl neckline or longer sleeves.