An Olive and Pink Everyday Blouse

An Olive and Pink Everyday Blouse || sewn by a happy stitch

I made myself an olive and pink everyday blouse, y’all.  And, it’s ticking all the happy boxes.

Tremendously wearable but not at all boring. Check!  Comfortable but not frumpy. Check! Full of elegant but not-at-all fussy details. Check! Fulfills my commitment to make a blouse for Project Sew It.  Check!    Awesome addition to my handmade closet. Check! Check! check!

I’ve been crushing on this pattern since it came out. The Everyday Blouse was released through UpCraft Club and designed by Rachel, the Brazilian designer and endlessly talented sewist behind House of Pinhiero.

An Olive and Pink Everyday Blouse || sewn by a happy stitch

An Olive and Pink Everyday Blouse || sewn by a happy stitch

Look at these lovely, unexpected details!  It’s got elastic ruching at the shoulder and a side zipper. It even has a wonderful elbow dart. I mean, seriously.  There are these little hints of Rachel’s love of couture written all over this pattern.

An Olive and Pink Everyday Blouse || sewn by a happy stitch

The only thing I don’t love about the pattern is the inside (front and back) facings.  I always find facings add bulk and sometimes show. I will say that considering it has a facing, it is designed really well so it doesn’t show through but I’m going to have to do some sleuthing to figure out how to use a bias binding instead.

An Olive and Pink Everyday Blouse || sewn by a happy stitch

An Olive and Pink Everyday Blouse || sewn by a happy stitch

I can definitely see making another Everyday Blouse in a silk or other lightweight fabric where a facing would show through.

An Olive and Pink Everyday Blouse || sewn by a happy stitch

An Olive and Pink Everyday Blouse || sewn by a happy stitch

As it is, this fabulous fabric is an olive linen with hot pink feathers.  It has a bit of weight to it which gives it a great drape. My husband bought it for me from Faberwood a long time ago (looks like it is sold out now).  I have been holding onto this fabric, waiting for the ‘right’ moment for a long time so I was thrilled that I had enough of it to make this blouse.

An Olive and Pink Everyday Blouse || sewn by a happy stitch

Speaking of ticking off the boxes, It has occurred to me that what I am really looking for when I sew clothing for myself is a way to elevate basic wardrobe elements.  I am still buying only handmade or sewing my own but I realized that secondhand stores are full of the basics. I can thrift for that stuff.  What is hard to find is something with that little bit more.  I’m not the type to stitch up a retro dress or anything with finicky fitting issues but I want to be sewing shirts like this one that make the everyday a little more fun.

It feels good to be finding that balance between what I buy secondhand and what I sew for myself. Feels like I am learning how to make the Nothing New Project concept more and more sustainable as I ease into my third year.

13 Comments on An Olive and Pink Everyday Blouse

  1. michellebryer
    March 21, 2017 at 1:32 pm (4 months ago)

    I especially love that zip detail!

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    • Melissa Q.
      March 21, 2017 at 1:37 pm (4 months ago)

      Isn’t it great!

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    • Melissa Q.
      March 21, 2017 at 4:31 pm (4 months ago)

      🙂 We could try a Freaky Friday body switch sometime soon…quilting for garment sewing!

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  2. Annette
    March 21, 2017 at 2:38 pm (4 months ago)

    That zipper – so fabulous!!

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    • Melissa Q.
      March 21, 2017 at 4:32 pm (4 months ago)

      The zipper is definitely what sold me and then the rest of the details made for true love!

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  3. Buffy
    March 21, 2017 at 3:35 pm (4 months ago)

    I think I need to make one

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  4. Beth
    March 21, 2017 at 3:43 pm (4 months ago)

    Love this one! That zipper!

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  5. Lodi
    March 21, 2017 at 4:10 pm (4 months ago)

    Love everything about it! (…Let us know about your bias binding option.)

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    • Melissa Q.
      March 21, 2017 at 4:33 pm (4 months ago)

      I will! It’s a little tricky because the gathers at the shoulder stitch through the facing…hence the need for a bit of sleuthing!

      Reply

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