Every retreat I host comes with an optional workshop. Some retreaters already have a long list of projects they want to tackle at the farmhouse, but perhaps you're looking for an inspiring project with a little guidance from me? We've done tank tops, quilted pillowcases, circle scarves; what next??
Flattering. This pattern features a kimono sleeve and roomy midsection, and magically works so well to hide wider mid-sections and a rounder shoulder. I also love that it's both youthful and mature. My mother pulls it off so well and loves wearing it tucked into a pencil skirt to create a slim waistline.
Versatile. It's great for the weekend, but I love that it works well in the workplace, too. I've worn it tucked in, or loose over a pair of jeans. The pencil skirt formalizes it and a circle skirt gives a great whimsy look.
Simple sewing. The kimono sleeve means no shoulder seam! Everything sews up easily but there are lovely details that make the blouse so professional. I will have a serger set up at the retreat, but simple zigzags or french seams are more than enough for finishing the edges. It is very possible to finish the entire blouse at the retreat, even for a beginner sewer.
Fabric friendly. I was first drawn to this pattern because I was looking for a simple top that could be sewn with one meter of fabric. With a slight modification (I split the facing into two pieces), I could pull from my precious stash of Liberty of London fabric and make an entire blouse (basic view with short sleeves and no pockets) with one single meter. Liberty makes lovely, soft, cotton lawn that is perfect for this top, but many hesitate to sew with Liberty lawn since it is quite expensive. This really is a perfect project for some fancy fabric that goes easier on your wallet. (Note: the one meter option works for 54" wide fabric only. Fabric that is only 44" wide, like Cotton + Steel's gorgeous rayon, isn't quite enough for this cheat.)
I can't tell you enough how great a project this is. It feels so good to sew for yourself! Click here to register for the weekend retreat and just add the free workshop when you check out!
Here's a little photoshoot with me in my dandelion laneway. Both blouses below were made with one meter of Liberty lawn.