Style Arc Dotty Blouse, Gillian Anderson style

Siobhan, a young white disabled woman, wears a faux wrap, long sleeve, cream satin blouse, black skinny jeans and black ankle boots. She is standing in a garden archway and smiling.

Have you ever had one of those projects which hibernates in a pile somewhere because you just can’t bring yourself to start it? That was this project.

I received this beautiful mascarpone satin from The Remnant Warehouse as a gift many years ago, and instantly knew it was destined to become a Style Arc Dotty Blouse. However, I let it linger as I didn’t trust myself to work with tricksy polyester satin (after a particularly bad experience with some nasty Spotlight satin), and I wasn’t sure I could convert the pattern to work with one-sided fabric.

A line drawing of the Style Arc Dotty Blouse, a long-sleeve top with bagged-out double yoke, front twist, slight gathers at sleeve cuff and back into yoke, longer back hem and 2cm wide slip-on cuff without buttons.

 

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Sew Over It Molly Top and Maria Denmark self-drafted stretch skirt

Unlike some sewists, my sewing output isn’t that great to warrant multiple garments per post. So you know when I do have a few creations together, they are super-simple makes. These two fit that description: easy-to-sew wardrobe staples made entirely from scraps. They were sewn way back in March (or earlier), and only photographed recently!

Siobhan stands in front of a weatherboard house. She wears a drop shoulder knit tee with grey/black striped body and concrete grey neckband and sleeves, with black straight knee length skirt, black leggings and ankle boots. She is smiling.

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In the Folds Peplum Top

I’m sure you’ve heard of this pattern already – it’s been immensely popular in the online sewing community and it seems I can’t scroll my Instagram feed without seeing another version pop up! The pattern in question, of course, is the In the Folds Peplum Top, a free download from Peppermint Magazine.

In the Folds Peplum Top
Hells yes, I wore heels for these photos. Hells yes, I paid for it afterwards. Django & Juliette patent leather heels, from op shop (as are my coated jeans and belt).

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Burda Silk Blouse 04/2011 #105

In my summer planning post, I mentioned I had some stretch woven shirt fabric that I intended to make up into Burda Three Quarter Sleeve Blouse 06/2013 #119. Well, that post must have been great motivation, because I went on a Burda shirt muslin frenzy! As well as the three quarter sleeve blouse, I muslined a stack of other shirt patterns – one of which was this Burda Silk Blouse 04/2011 #105.

A woman stands against a garden fence. She wears a white button up shirt and black coated jeans.

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A very 70s outfit – Named Paola Turtleneck Tee and Ottobre 5/2016 #6 tweed skirt

I mentioned in my post about my Ottobre 5/2016 tee that I liked the turtleneck style so much, I quickly moved on to the Named Paola Turtleneck Tee. When I started this project, I realised this was the ideal opportunity to use up some neglected fabrics in my stash, and make the perfect (or perfectly daggy) 70s outfit.

Woman stands in garden archway. She wears a brown turtleneck long sleeve tee and an orange pleated skirt.

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Burda Bat Sleeve Shirt 04/2015 #123B

I like to keep a close eye on the latest Burda releases, and when this pattern was announced, I knew I had to make it. The drama! The boxiness! Those sleeves!

A woman stands in a garden, wearing a bright yellow, boxy top, sunglasses, and fern print palazzo pants.
My gorgeous viscose pants are actually from KMart, would you believe? I just replaced the elastic waist with something a bit softer and hemmed them for my hilariously short legs after these photos were taken.

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A casual summer outfit: Burda short sleeve shirt and altered RTW pants

I’m really behind on blogging some garments – this shirt was made way back at the beginning of December. At the time, the weather was warming up and I decided I needed some new short sleeve shirts. So, armed with yet another fabric order from The Remnant Warehouse, I got to work.

A woman wearing a short sleeve white shirt and loose, floral print pants.
Apologies for the terrible indoor photos – I couldn’t get this shirt to photograph well outside. Custom necklace from Demeter Studio, marble bangle Country Road from a BSS page, Diana Ferrari gold leather flats from op shop.

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Aeolian Tee + Style Arc Wallis Pant

This outfit was a near miss – one of those projects that you mess up so frustratingly that you want to chuck in the bin and forget about. Lucky me that I chose to persevere!

A woman poses in a garden, wearing a black and white striped tee and black ponte pants.
Red Walnut flats, $2 from the op shop. Yasssss.

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