Project MyWay #10–Silver Linen Blouse

On Friday night I met some old High School friends for “tennis” (I haven’t played in 10 years or more, plus, I’m still on crutches, so I was the audience) and drinks at the country club. I grew up doing things like this and don’t have much interest in it any more, but I wanted to see my friends and look nice.

I pulled this picture of Ellen Pompeo in a J. Mendel blouse out of In Style magazine’s June issue. I thought it was really classy looking. I’m so tired of poofy clothes! I think women over 40 look ridiculous in empire waisted billowy tops and dresses.

Unfortunately, the pattern I used for this blouse is a discontinued Style pattern. You can re-create the look with any sleeveless blouse pattern.

I cut my own collar from the collar stand pattern piece included with the pattern. As long as you have the correct neckline shape from any collar pattern piece, you can redraw to your heart’s content! This is how my change looked (I tapered it at the upper edge):

I bought a gorgeous piece of white silk organza with the idea of making a sheer blouse, but I keep whacking off hunks of it and using it as interfacing! It’s great to use inside light weight fabric when you want some stiffness, it makes my collar look nice and crisp.

I wanted a really clean look, like the Ellen Pompeo blouse, so I finished the fronts with a 1″ topstitched facing and then sewed the fronts together (topstitched) instead of using buttons or snaps:

It really turned out great and looks chic and casual with a pair of white pants.

Ta-ta for now!

Design Inspiration

Here’s were I sort through the abundant amount of sewing inspiration available from the web, the runway, the stores, magazines, celebs and the street.

Spring Wardrobe ’08 part 1:  designs for transitioning between winter and spring.

Spring Wardrobe ’08 part 2:  Chaiken Spring RTW ’08, a line I love from beginning to end.

Spring Wardrobe ’08 part 3:  Grabbing a great detail from designer clothing.

Spring Wardrobe ’08 part 4:  Finding wearable looks amid a sea of poofy umpire waisted designs.

Spring Wardrobe ’08 part 5:  A cropped, full jacket even a tailored gal can love.

What to Wear:  Some ideas for my daugher’s graduation ceremony.

Spring Wardrobe ’08 part 6:  Some dressed down looks for weekends and vacations.

Spring’s Sheer Fabrics from Cheryl Shops:  Nice ways to incorporate sheer fabrics into spring fashions.

Special Clothes:  Gathering ideas for fabric and details that can be used for unique clothing.

Magic Wrap Dresses and Tops from stylelist:  Great ideas to get this flattering look into your wardrobe.

Alternatives to Sweats

Fall Shoes and Boots

Fall Wardrobe ‘08–Part 5

Fall Wardrobe ‘08–Part 4

Project Runway–What would you do?

Ruffles, Lace and Florals for Fall?

Fall Wardrobe ‘08–Part 3

Project MyWay

I call my sewing projects Project MyWay because I’m a self-taught seamstress and sometimes I do things in an unorthodox way. I don’t really care if it’s the “right” way, as long as I get professional results.

Project MyWay #1–Black Silk Skirt Alteration Part 1:  I found a TSE skirt at Saks Fifth Off for over $600 off the regular price; here is the original garment which had a very strange fit.

Project MyWay #1–Black Silk Skirt Alteration Part 2:  I cut the TSE skirt off at the waist and created a new waist and a shorter skirt–turned out great!

Project MyWay #2–Black Silk Anorak:  An anorak made from black silk shantung and lined with satin backed flannel, it’s good looking and extremely practical.

Project MyWay #3–Black Cashmere Knit Coat:  A between season coat made with a beautiful cashmere sweater knit that I lusted after for a year.

Project MyWay #4–Garnet Silk Crepe de Chine Blouse:  I re-designed a Butterick pattern to copy an expensive blouse I saw at Nordstrom.

Project MyWay #5–Nanette Lepore knock-off blouse:  I copied a silk blouse in a popular style at a fraction of the retail cost.

Project MyWay #6–Yellow Crepe de Chine Blouse:  A blouse with pleating detail in this season’s must have yellow.

Project MyWay #7–Michael Kors Knock-off Dress:  This was the perfect dress for my daughter’s graduation and so quick to put together, I made it the morning of the ceremony!

Project MyWay #8–Tank Dress:  I got the idea for this outfit from Dolce & Gabbana’s Spring ’08 RTW Runway show.

Magic Wrap Dresses and Tops from stylelist

Wrap dresses and tops are sophisticated, sexy and flattering–what more could you want? I’m going fabric shopping Tuesday to look for fabrics for a couple of wrap tops and dresses. Knits are perfect for wrap designs and of course, fast and easy to put together and comfortable to wear.

This article from stylelist has some great pictures of  wrap dresses and tops that are copy-worthy: