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Petal hem shorts.

I actually made these Chataigne shorts from Deer&Doe a couple years ago.  I wasn’t crazy about the fit back then, and I’m still not now.  But they’re not hopeless!

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I  really like the front yoke that comes to a point and the scalloped hemline.

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I found the hem facing had a tendency to flip down, so I made my first attempt at a blind hem. I did… okay.  It probably would have been better with a different color thread.

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I pulled out the pattern the other night and noticed that based on my measurements, I’d graded the pattern and cut the waist at a size 44 and the hips and hem at 42.  I think I should have just gone 42 all the way, especially using a stretch chambray like I did.  Hence, the safety pinned gather on the back.

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And while I like high-waisted bottoms, these seem a little bit too high.  The pattern includes a mid-waist option, so maybe somewhere in between would be better.  I also wish the front pockets were deeper, which I’m finding is a trend.

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I used a voile for the lining and serged all inside seams.  I might try to undo part of the lining and take in the waist to achieve a better fit.

On another note, I’m so happy that it’s bike riding weather.  I love this gal!

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Trying to find the perfect button up: Meissa.

I was so excited about this pattern and impressed by the details of this top, the  Meissa blouse by Papercut Patterns, which I first saw on Lladybird.  Since she made hers out of cotton, I decided to try that too, though it’s a decision I’m not quite happy with.

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This pattern is billed as “loosely fitted” which is true, especially when made in a fabric with the body of quilting cotton (cue awkward outtake photo).  I think it would work much better in voile or rayon, a chiffon or silk, which is something I intend to try.

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I used this Leah Duncan print and an Amy Butler voile for the collar stand, under collar, and all the facings, which looks really nice, if I say so myself.  I had never done a collar stand before but I like it.

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Don’t look at the button holes!  They are a mess. But those serged edges and the bias hem facings sure look nice…

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I think I might go back and either take in the sides, add darts, or shirr the back waist and see if I can’t give it a more flattering fit.  It’s not the perfect button up but it gave me some good skills and has potential to be a good one.

Datura times three.

DaturasI bought this lovely Deer & Doe pattern recently and got right to making it.  (Warning: Here comes a lot of pictures!  They are a little washed out but oh well.)

For the first one, I used a red fabric I got from a friend a while back.

Datura AIt might be a rayon or perhaps it’s a cotton linen?  It’s slinky and ended up being hard to work with but I’m still happy with the results.  I made this one just like the instructions say, making my own bias tape and using the cutout neckline option, but using french seams for the sides.

Datura A backI dug through my grandmother’s button box and used some beautiful Mother of Pearl buttons on the back.

For the second one, I used an eyelet/lace I’ve had for a long time and one of my favorite prints from Sarah Watson’s Indian Summer collection that I got at The Little General.

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Instead of lining the upper bodice, I used store bought bias binding for the neckline and arm holes and french seams everywhere (my new favorite thing).

Datura B detailI, once again, dug through my button box and used four nice wooden ones.

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Riding the excitement of finishing my second, I got right to the third.

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I used Empress in coral from Joel Dewberry’s Bungalow and Sinister Swarm in flour voile from Anna Maria Horner’s Field Study and lined the upper bodice with a nude colored lining fabric.

Datura C backDatura C bodice detailI lengthened it by 7″ and inverted the curve on the front.

Datura C hemI used 7 assorted mother of pearl buttons from the box.

Datura C buttonsDatura C button detailI love all of my new Datura blouses!  I’d still like to try one with the collar, some cap sleeves, and maybe one lengthened to a dress with a little shirring.  So many possibilities!