After my exciting two weeks on the Refashion Runway event hosted by Beth at Renegade Seamstress, I had time to finally finish my “Loran Blouse” muslin. It turned out to be a wearable one, so I’m very pleased.
Loran is a fantastic seamstress, who blogs over at Loran’s World. If you don’t have her on your bloglovin, you should definitely check her out! She loves sewing vintage, takes the most amazing pictures, and writes a very informative and entertaining blog. She and I, along with many other sewers were contributors to the SEW WEEKLY project during 2012. We were a few of the sewers whom actually sewed 52 outfits in 52 weeks according to a specific theme. Presently Loran is hosting several sew-alongs of her own as well as creating awesome DIY sewing tutorials. Her most recent is how to sew elastic on the legs, and waist of dance pants, or undies, without using elastic! You can check that out here.
Back to the “Loran” Blouse. She was such a dear to copy the pattern for me and send it up north. I was so excited to receive it. I was smiling from ear to ear! She even copied it on grided interfacing fabric. It will last forever!
I decided to make a muslin first, because the pattern is a size 40 and needed to be slightly adjusted. I used a thrifted yellow gingham fabric. The little squares helped to line everything up right. I added yellow buttons, and should have left the bottom one off so that it would have more ease around the hips.
This is a great blouse to wear tucked into a skirt. I wore it with a jean skirt on a day that we went to Coppola’s for lunch with my husband’s brother, his daughter and girlfriend, and his mother, who also lives with us.
If you want to treat yourself right, spend a day poolside at this great restaurant/winery/day resort. You’ll feel like you are in Italy! It’s gorgeous.
Here’s a link to Loran wearing this great blouse, with a cute matching skirt.