More Clothes with Holes

Opacity is so yesterday.

The fabric for this blouse came from Jo-Mar in Philadelphia. A couple of other sewing bloggers bought the same fabric. As I recall, there was more demand than supply. A girl fight nearly broke out about it, complete with scratching and hair pulling. I should have been the bigger person and given it up so others could buy it instead, but, well, that is obviously not who I am.

For those who did buy it, if you have, indeed, made it up and I somehow missed it, please leave a comment telling me where I can see it. I love to see what others do with the same materials.

I mixed it with some lace I had in my stash left over from this dress. I almost never save scraps, but this is a lovely guipure lace that is fantastic to touch and was ruinously expensive, so I saved every bit of it. I attached the lace to the print before I cut out the pattern. I find that it is easier to line things up if I do it in that order.

I used the same pattern that I used for this blouse. I love how the white blouse looks and fits, but those ruffles on the cuffs annoy me to no end, so I don’t wear it much. I wanted another one sans cuff ruffles. To save you clicking, the pattern is from BurdaStyle 9/09.

Back View

Front View

Back detail. I shaped the lace so it would conform to my neck a bit better by snipping the bits holding the motifs together and sewing them together overlapping slightly. The collar is from the lace edge, where one would normally find the selvedge.

out-of-focus photo of cuff detail. It feels so luxurious to have excessive numbers of buttons on my cuffs. Instead of buttonholes, I used a narrow bias tube to make button loops.

Allow me to reminisce about the days when there were garment factories in the US, and also jobbers who sold excess stuff from garment production at unbelievable prices. This bag of buttons, perhaps 200 of them, set me back 50 cents. Of course, I probably purchased them 20 years ago. Sigh.



  1. Posted June 19, 2010 at 8:58 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Wow! I love the asymmetry (sp?) of the lace placement. Very cool! You have such great vision for details such as these. I love this blouse. Great to see you yesterday! We have to do that more often.

  2. Posted June 19, 2010 at 9:52 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Perfect repetition of motifs on the fabric & the lace!

  3. Posted June 19, 2010 at 10:28 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Obviously I was in the wrong part of the store when this fabric was getting fought over, or I would have thrown myself in head first and come out with some yardage. That being said, you used it a lot sooner and definitely in a more interesting way than I ever would have.

    I love it with the lace – and I wouldn’t have let a scrap of that lace go in the trash, either. Beautiful.

  4. Posted June 19, 2010 at 11:10 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Beautiful! I have that pattern, but certainly no fabric that lovely.

  5. Posted June 19, 2010 at 11:17 pm | Permalink | Reply

    I have been to Jomar in Philly a few time when we lived there, but never ran into fabric like that. What a find!! Love what you did with the cuffs. It is details like such that makes a garment special.

  6. Posted June 20, 2010 at 9:37 am | Permalink | Reply

    I love the way the medallions in the blouse complement the medallions in the lace – or is it the other way around? Anyway, I love the way you used the two together.

  7. Posted June 20, 2010 at 10:42 am | Permalink | Reply

    Very lovely. I always thought your lace dress was black, but now I see it was navy-equally as nice. Great work-as always. Your interpretations are refreshing.

  8. Posted June 20, 2010 at 2:48 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Beautiful. Love the way the lace matches the fabric print.

  9. Posted June 20, 2010 at 6:01 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Wow! Pretty, pretty, pretty. What at great shirt. It’s gorgeous and unique and so perfect in the details.

  10. Posted June 20, 2010 at 7:18 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Beautiful retro blouse, yet edge. I’d love to see it teamed with a dark skirt.

  11. Posted June 20, 2010 at 8:21 pm | Permalink | Reply

    The lace matches the fabric so well. You obviously HAD to have that fabric 🙂

  12. J Lynn
    Posted June 21, 2010 at 4:02 pm | Permalink | Reply

    I love your blog. I just found it today and have spent the entire afternoon reading it. I will go back and re-read it when I have time. You are a wonderful seamstress, so inspiring. I’m going to get my machine out and start again sewing for myself. I also love the fact you make childrens clothes. I’ve made a few things for the grandchildren and used couture techniques. It wasn’t a waste of time because I love to hand sew, it also gave me a chance to try out some techniques that I hadn’t tried before. I am just blown away by your sewing. I m just dumbstruck by what you are producing and with 2 little girls. Thank you for sharing your sewing with us. J Lynn

    • Posted June 21, 2010 at 5:40 pm | Permalink | Reply

      What a lovely comment. Thank you. Please come back often.

  13. homejewel
    Posted June 22, 2010 at 2:53 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Wow – what an amazing blog. I just came over from to see your blog. Welcome to the site – I hope to see more of you there. You will definitely be an asset to the new community there 🙂

  14. cidell
    Posted July 3, 2010 at 4:57 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Well, I got the fuzzy end of the stick with this fabric. But, seeing this neat blouse makes up for it!

    • Posted July 3, 2010 at 5:22 pm | Permalink | Reply

      Thank you for saying this. I still feel a bit bad that you did not get any of this fabric.

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