June 14, 2010

Boysenberry Pastry Blouse with a Secret Ingredient



This is a blouse I made from a McCall's 1980's pattern. I really do love vintage patterns. Truly I do. But I've been having trouble finding vintage patterns for prices that aren't, well....ridiculous. And to be brutally honest, I spent $47 for this pattern (I'm very very very upset with myself too) and it has been lost in the mail. CAN YOU BELIEVE THAT? Yeah, that is definitely not happening again. In fact, I've banned myself from buying patterns online for awhile because of this. (Peter brought up a very good point and so as not to give this seller a bad wrap, Sandra from the Selvedge Shop completely reimbursed me! She's been excellent to work with. I feel terrible that we both missed out on this gorgeous dress pattern) So, I'm content to buy patterns that I can actually get my hands on. That would be patterns bought from my local thrift store. And those can be quite wonderful as they are usually only $0.50 - $1.00, however usually they are from the 70's or 80's eras. I bought this one for $0.50. I'm a real sucker for this kimono sleeve look. I just LOVE it. I've bought a few other patterns with this kimono style thing going on. Love them too.



I also had a thing for this dobby dot stuff when it came out. I love the colors these came in. And the voile fabric is just perfect for summery weather. I mean really, this pattern and this fabric = a match made in heaven.



This blouse is also special as its donning some handmade buttonholes (aka, the secret ingredient). There are six of these babies. And though they may not look like too much, they are. These were a major feat for me. I've done one handmade buttonhole on various garments, but never actually done a whole shirt front with them. These were....involved. They are very beautiful, albeit not perfect, but I am still an amateur. I read about and saw the photos of these. I can't compete with those, and that's fine because I'm not a professional tailor. I will say that getting all the materials together for these buttonholes was interesting. There is nowhere around my neck of the woods that sells buttonhole twist or buttonhole gimp. I found some buttonhole twist here, however you can't pick and choose the weight. For gimp I ended up using the buttonhole thread from Coats and Clarks. I'll give you more details on how I made these and how it went in another post. For now, I'm rather proud of myself for even trying. Thank you very much.

Since I wanted these buttonholes to have bit of pop and zing, because they were handmade, I made them in a contrasting buttonhole twist. Adding the mustard colored buttons was just a bit of Penelope-esque fun, you know. I got the idea of sewing the buttons with the "crow's feet" threading from The Sewing Bible. I seriously can't recommend this book enough. There are great handmade details like this scattered all over in it. Buy it, you won't regret it.



And there you have it. Ta Da! Hip hip hooray! It's a Boysenberry Pastry Day! Say that with a smile - and give your beau a wink from me. He he he.
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29 comments

  1. Love the top. Wait -- the pattern was lost in the mail: has the seller offered to reimburse you at all, for even part of the cost? I think that would be appropriate though if you bought it on Etsy, you might ask what their policy is around that. That's a lot of dough.

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  2. Absolutely gorgeous blouse. I love the colour and the detail. Well done on the button holes. I'm not sure I will ever pluck up the courage to do a button hole.

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  3. I should have written (which has been ammended now) that the seller did reimburse me. She was great to work with! I'm so mad that I couldn't have the pattern though. I really, really wanted it. So bad. OH the FATES!!!!

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  4. I love it! The fabric is amazing. I am sorry to hear about the lost pattern. I would have loved to have seen what you would have made with it.

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  5. Great blouse - the raspberry colour is fantastic on you! I can't believe you made handmade buttonholes, how ambitious! Look forward to the detailed post :)
    So sad about the pattern, that was nice of the seller to reimburse you, though I know you'd rather have the pattern itself!

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  6. That blouse is beautiful! I love the fabric!
    I made your ironing board cover a few weeks back, and I could not be happier! It is so much nicer than that junk that comes on the ironing board when you buy it! I am going to do a post on my blog about it this week sometime and I am going to link back to you. I just wanted to let you know! :)
    Have a great day!

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  7. Too bad about that pattern! It's gorgeous, I wonder if the movie she wore it in was Summertime or Desk Set, the clothes were great in those films.(Check out the links!)
    If you ever decide to try internet pattern shopping again, please check out my shop. I'm not getting into the business of selling patterns, I just have these 135, mostly late 1980s and early 1990 ones. Mostly Vogue patterns.

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  8. Oooohhhh I love it! The colour is just perfect! And I love the green belt with it. You look absolutely stunning.

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  9. I'm sorry you had such a bad experience. I've had a number of things go missing in the mail that I've ordered as a buyer and as a seller I've had buyers not get a few things I've sold. Of course, I always reimburse people. But, what I've started to do is use delivery confirmation for everything I ship. I imagine the cost of delivery confirmation on every package about averages the cost of the missing packages over the years. I think the post office is just more careful with the delivery confirmation items.
    Anyway, I'm glad you were reimbursed for your item. And, the shirt in the photo is AWESOME. Definitely worth the trouble.

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  10. Gorgeous blouse! Sorry about your lost pattern!

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  11. I do love the pink and green combination!
    jana

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  12. Beautiful, and the color suits you so well. I love Anna Maria's voiles. I have a half yard of the dobby in light blue and I'm debating what to do with it.

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  13. I love it!!! You are always up to something! The buttonholes sound daunting, but I would be interested in trying some because my sewing machine doesn't do buttonholes.

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  14. Love the blouse and lovely fabric. If you like this shape check out Anda dress pattern on burdastyle, it is a pattern on line but when you pay you get to download the pdf straight away so no danger of losing in post!! I've just printed my copy and I'm checking the stash to work out what to use. The pattern is very simple so I think lots of people could use it and make it look quite different by their different fabrics etc!!

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  15. Hi SUNNI!
    Beautiful raspberry shirt, just beautiful! Such a rich color and such a perky pattern! You need to open up a boutique... I'll be a regular; you can count on that!

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  16. Oh I'm so glad! I have two of those ironing board covers now and they are so great! They last a lot longer too!

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  17. Thank you! I had a sale that went awry as well! I've never had a problem with the mail before, but this was such a bad pattern to get lost. I feel so bad for the seller too!

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  18. I kept having the same problem! It was such a sweet fabric that I didn't want to cut into it. It was finally time to pluck up the courage and make something with it.

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  19. They really aren't bad or hard to do, they just take alot of time and patience.

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  20. Oh thank you Janey! I will definitely be checking out this pattern!

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  21. Hi Blair! I'm so glad you commented! You are such a sweetheart!

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  22. Gorgeous shirt! What a tragedy to have that pattern go missing in the mail -- my heart's breaking!

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  23. The buttonholes are beautiful. I love the colour of this blouse and the cut is great. I wish I had that pattern!

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  24. Oh my god, those buttonholes are TO DIE FOR! You should be very proud!

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  25. The blouse is gorgeous! I love the fabric and the buttonholes.

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  26. Found this post looking for examples of garments done in this voile. Your blouse is absolutely fantastic! Did you need to interface the button placket or collar? I plan a button-down as well but the print I have is a much lighter color so I'm deciding the best way to go about it.

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  27. I must admit that though I'm a hound for sewing patterns whenever I go thrifting, I've been turning up my nose at anything eighties in disgust! You make me want to take a closer look at them next time and use my imagination. I love your blouse and now I want one. Back to the thrifts this weekend!

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