Sunday, September 28, 2014

Shetland Collection: Starting at the top...

Because I have no imagination and don't want to have to reinvent the wheel, I decided to start with a few TNT patterns.  I'm trying to wear more blouses as I'm getting tired of knit tops that look the same, so I've started with a blouse that already exists in my wardrobe in about seven different versions.  This is BWOF 01-2008-107 or 108 or something.  I like this without the collar (which I think is #107). 
 
It's been a little hard to photograph this because of the fabric.  I don't actually know what it is, but I suspect it may be a raw silk of some sort.  It feels like a light, soft taffeta but doesn't have any shimmer in it, although the last photo seems to look that way.  I acquired this fabric some years ago, along with several other colours, from a film shoot.  Back when I had an actual career (Production Manager - film and television) it was my job to dispose of all the left over stuff at the end of a shoot.  

 
I have always loved this fabric and never knew what to do with it.  None of these pictures give a true portrayal of the colour.  It's a soft dusty pink.  I had so little fabric that I had to cut the inside collar and the placket binding strips from this paisley, which you will see below.

 
It's not a very exciting shirt, but I like it and I had to start somewhere!
 
Next up is something new.  This is BWOF 05-2013-106 and while I could sew the previous blouse in my sleep, this one was a different story.  Burda's instructions are woeful, as usual, and the pictures don't give a clear enough look at it to figure out the neckline.  No one in the blogosphere seems to have made it so there was no help available.  Anyway, I forged ahead with the construction in the hope it would become clear.  It didn't, but I think I've fudged it well enough.
 
The collar doesn't actually attach, it wraps around your neck then snaps onto the collar on one side, then the end gets tucked under and snaps to itself.  The fabric is a cotton/silk paisley in lavenders, pinks and greys.  I apologise for the bad pictures but I think my camera is on its last legs.



 
 
Next up... a skirt...
 

5 comments:

Robyn said...

Welcome back! You can't go wrong with a couple of nice shirts, the scarf style collar is really interesting. Does it sit nicely when you wear it?

Sewingelle said...

Lovely to see you posting again. Nice blouses and lovely fabric

Faye Lewis said...

Nothing at all wrong with pulling out a great TNT pattern. Love that shirt with the contrasting facing at the neckband and on the continuous lap at the cuff.

kbenco said...

They both look versatile and with lovely details.
the Jan 2008 blouse is my favourite blouse pattern too :) Thanks!

Sharon said...

Great blouses and love my TNT's they make it a bit easier.