Sunday, 17 July 2011

My knock-off blouse

We all get inspiration from the top designers, high end RTW lines etc.  Someone once introduced me to Madeleine and I absolutely love the way they put their collections together, sadly the price range is a little high so I use the site to give me ideas on how to put my "perfect" look together.

So in their latest collection (Autumn/winter 2011/12) I saw this beautiful scarf collar blouse which they have scattered throughout this collection in many different fabrics and colours.

So I searched all my patterns to see if I had anything similar and came up with a very very old OOP Simplicity 9581.
This doesn't have the v.neck front like the Madeleine one does so I needed to adjust the pattern.  After a few hours this is what I came up with.

The Fabric was a lovely crepe with a slight grainy texture purchased from Walthamstow market £1 a metre and took just under two metres.

The construction was done predominately with my serger so this was nice and quick and easy.  This was a very old pattern which I would have made about 25-30 years ago, so needless to say I am slightly fuller than I was then, so I made broad back adjustment and a FBA too.

I am delighted the way this blouse turned out and now I would like to find some mink coloured fabric to make a pair of pants or a skirt to go with this, and this is the start of my late summer/autumn 6PAC for the Stitcher's Guild Sewing Forum 2011 6-Piece Autumn Collection (6PAC) sew-along (August - October).


  1. The blouse came out beautifully Pauline. I love the fabric pattern.

  2. This is a very nice classy blouse!

  3. I like this blouse! Love the fabric

  4. Love your blouse. Great fabric. Looks lovely and feminine.

  5. So elegant and feminine - lovely :)