Pattern: Colette Pattern's Sencha #1007
Fabric: 2 1/2 yds silk with a raised nap design
The first time I saw this fabric it captivated my attention. On my second trip to the store I just had to have it. It's a chartreuse silk with a spinach-colored flower design done in a raised nap. It's perfect for a blouse yet has the print detail of a quilting cotton. Finding the perfect pattern to go along with it, however, posed a bit more of a challenge, and so it sat in my stash for about 6 months. I needed a simple pattern to showcase that beautiful print; yet I still wanted it to be fitted and feminine. Finally, I sprung for the Sencha pattern and was thrilled with the results.
Something about this blouse made me want to play with its feminine details. Because I was without my trusty serger, and it would have been hard to match colors anyway, I started to experiment with a decorative seam finish. I went over each seam allowanc with a decorative scallop stitch and then trimmed the allowance close to the stitching. I really liked how it turned out, so I finished the sleeves and hem in the same design.
I was also unconvinced of my ability to button back buttons up the back (I'm simply not that flexible), so I added a side zip and skipped the back buttons altogether. It turns out the whole thing slips nicely over my head anyway, but it was a fun way to practice my rusty zipper skills.
Check it out at BurdaStyle and read my review of this pattern at PatternReview.com.