I love linen. Sometimes I worry that I'll turn in to that crazy old art teacher that wears nothing but rumply linen shirts, capris and birkenstocks (with socks).
I may not be too far off from that.
I also don't feel the need to iron linen completely. You have to just embrace the wrinkles. I know it bothers some folks, but not me.
This blouse was actually made up as a muslin. Albeit a wearable muslin, but still. It was practice to check the fit on Simplicity 2601. I have had this blouse on my to do list for ages. I've seen some really fantastic versions. And anything with a nipped in waist like this is more flattering for my shape. At least I think it is.
All those cool "design" details in my version? They were out of necessity. I used the last little bit of gorgeous linen I used to make this baby robe. I didn't have enough to cut the bindings and facings so I used a loosely woven linen in a similar color. The loosely woven stuff was so wiggly I couldn't get my bindings to turn under well. I had to run a second row of stitching to hold the bindings in place a little farther in. I kind of like the way the double zig zag looks. I'll just pretend I meant to do that.
I also couldn't make those dang loops out of that same wiggly linen. I ended up using a bit of pink floral quilting cotton to make the loops. I like the little bit print there. Again-- I meant to do that. I picked the neon pink buttons after I did the loops. I added one more button at the bottom to keep from showing belly.
It ended up a tiny bit big. I cut my normal size because I knew I needed it through the shoulders. I did a square shoulder adjustment, though I do it highly nontechnical-like. It was pretty shapeless when I first sewed it up. There wasn't a big difference between the midriff and the rest of the blouse like the line drawings indicate. I ended up taking in the midriff piece at least a 3/4" on each side. Then I tapered the top and bottom pieces to match. I think the shoulder and top pieces are a bit wide still, but hey- it's a casual linen top. It will be perfect for those sweltering summer days.
I really like this pattern. I love the shape of the blouse. I love the loops and buttons on the front. I love all the collar and sleeve variations. I can see it becoming a staple with a little more tweaking.
Have a great week!