Pattern: Burda Style's Tie-Front Blouse #118BFabric: silk blend
The remnants bin has been my new favorite place to score nice fabric ever since I found 1 3/4 yds Italian wool for $17. This time around I found a soft and silky fabric (I can't remember exactly what it was...) for about $9, and had just about enough to make another tie-front blouse.
BurdaStyle's pattern is an easy pattern, but what made this project especially difficult for me was that slippery, slightly stretchy fabric! The cutting was a pain (maybe some day I'll learn to starch spray stuff like a real professional), and the hemming was exceedingly difficult. The rolled hem on my straight stitch machine didn't work, and the rolled hem on the serger was possibly worse, even after getting my machine tuned-up. I finally settled on just plain serging all the edges, and this worked much better. This experience was very reminiscent of making my Date Night Top.
After the sewing, the shirt is a dream to wear: it slips on easily and feels super soft, breathable, and silky all day. Worth it? Yes!
You can read my review of this pattern at PatternReview.com.