Recently, I finished this lovely blouse, which I've called "Morse Code," for the dot and dash pattern on the fabric. I used the Sencha pattern by local design company Colette. It was my first time sewing with a Colette pattern and I couldn't have been more pleased. It's been on my sewing list for a while, and now I'm all fired up to try more of their patterns.
My version is from view three, which has a lovely keyhole neckline. It was a pain to sew around the opening, but I went slowly and it turned out great. I used bias tape for the tie, as I thought a tie made of the blouse fabric would just get lost.
Here's the back. Don't all of those buttons just kill you? I searched around a bit for just the right buttons, and found them at the Button Emporium. You wouldn't think that they'd have been difficult to find, but they had to be just the right size and shape and shade of orange... I have a long torso, so I added a couple of inches at the waist, as well as an extra button.
Here's a close-up of the waist-darts, which give the blouse it's fabulous shape, and of the print of the fabric. The fabric is Smooth Sailing in Harbor Blue, part of the Hampton's Collection by Minick & Simpson for Moda, and was purchased last summer at Fabric Depot's outdoor sale. (Which reminds me, I still need to check out what's on offer at this summer's sale...) I've been saving the pattern for just the right project, and knew instantly when I saw Sencha that the two were meant to be. Sigh.