I have always loved a peter pan collar – a little bit of yesteryear to me.  They always remind me of a gentler time and childhood.  So when I searched my stash (have I previously mentioned that it is a little bit large!) and found the perfect fabric I knew it was time to create that perfect blouse with a little peter pan collar.

The Sweet Peter Blouse

 

 As is my usual practice, I altered my dress block pattern, drafted using the Pattern Drafter Ruler, to create the pattern for my blouse.

Firstly, I altered the length and rounded off the bottom edge, back and front, to create a look more flattering to my pear (thigh heavy) shape.  Let’s focus on the centre and not the sides!! I love little vents on the side seams – they again ease the fabric around my widest part!

 

 Sleeves were next.  I love a little puff – or some might say a lot, purely perspective issue! And ‘old fashioned’ and ‘yesteryear’ seem to require puff.  Isn’t the fabric sweet? Although the photos don’t show it very well, it has a little seersucker stripe running lengthwise through it. I created a band around the bottom edge of the sleeve and secured it with a button closure.  And I created a keyhole vent in the bottom of the sleeve as well.  This raw edge is bound with self made bias binding.  Can I say I am proud of this achievement – the bias binding is barely 1/8″ (3mm) wide!  A true test of my ability to sew a straight line to secure it!
 When altering the block pattern I added an allowance for the button band and facing.  And found the perfect buttons – in both colour and design – at my local haby shop.
And last but never least the collar was drafted.  It is perhaps the only area I would like to improve on next time – a little more width and depth I think.  And much better curve sewing!!
However, I am most pleased with my Sweet Peter Blouse and know that I will wear it often – with both skirts and pants.

Until next time, happy sewing, quilting, knitting, crocheting and crafting ….

 

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