I fell in love with this $100 blouse sold out at J. Crew recently. A blue and white stripe button down with jeweled bees fits nicely in my casual wardrobe. Each bee is embroidered with unique-shaped beads.
Since the fall is a busy time for me as a teacher, I am sewing relatively simple projects in my limited sewing time. I recreated the bee blouse first with a white linen from Vogue Fabrics. The bees are $6 worth of iron-on transfers purchased recently at a sewing expo.
While I prefer the multi-faceted beads used by J. Crew, I didn't feel I had the time to source them nor did I want to spend much on the embellishment.
Today is a beautiful, breezy fall day as you can see in the photo.
The blouse pattern is Butterick 6097. If you are interested in the blouse construction details, I have created a 3-part tutorial that features photos of each construction step. See the Index on the right column of the blog.
I had a vintage-inspired cotton print purchased from the Vogue Fabrics bimonthly swatch club. It stitched up nicely into a duplicate blouse.
I used bronze beads I had in my stash to add subtle interest. Again, I did not feel I had time to do a serious bead search. I used materials I already owned which feels nice.
I covered the buttons in self-fabric. It was too hard to find buttons that worked with the fabric. I like 3/8" buttons for blouses though 1/2" is sometimes okay. I don't like the heaviness that a larger button can add to the look of a blouse.
The pattern has lovely shape due to the waist seam and front and back princess seams.
I made a muslin over the summer. A muslin for a fitted shirt is essential even if I have sewn from a given pattern line. A well-fitted shirt can work for years and I have favorite blouses in my wardrobe that were made more than twenty years ago.
I start with a full-body muslin with no sleeves.
Fit of front, side, and back are checked and corrected.
Sleeves are then added. Sleeves can highlight shoulder length issues so I always add both sleeves which is extra work I would prefer to not do.
Enjoy the mile fall weather this year, at least in Chicago!