Stash Project: Wrap-Front Blouse

With only 3 days left until I go back to work, my blog might be slowing down a bit.  The same goes for my sewing projects.  Oh, don't worry...I still have enough stash fabric left to keep me going for a while, but my sewing times will mostly be limited to the weekends.  I also realize that it has been a while since I've sewn anything Regency.  I think I got burned out after all of the sewing I did for the Jane Austen Festival, and then I decided to get my Fall, teaching wardrobe ready...so...late 18th or early 19th century costuming took a back seat.  But, I do have something in the works (actually in the planning stages), and I will post on that as soon as I have something to show for it.  I'll just say this about it... it's mid to late 18th century and it's outer wear.


Now, for my final summer stash project.


I had some semi-sheer Autumnal colored plaid cotton in my stash, and I know that plaid was a very casual print worn quite often in the 30's, so I set out to drape this blouse.  I was inspired by this 1930's wrap front blouse, and this 1930's butterfly blouse. 


A part of me feels very 'cowgirl country' in this blouse....which, if you know me at all, is almost exactly opposite from my personality.  Since I live in Kentucky, I'm a bit sheepish about wearing this blouse out and about...I wouldn't want to give the wrong impression of who I am, now would I.  What do you think?  Too country?  Or does the design of the blouse take away from the 'country-ness' of the plaid?


There are two ways I can wear this blouse.  I can simply wrap it across my front and tie it, wearing it with a deep, lose v-neck.


Or....I can button it up at the top, closing the neckline.  Either way, I think it still has a very 30's feel to it. (Except for the lil' bit a country, right y'all?)  I think I prefer the buttoned look.

Comments

Sarah Jane said…
Jenni, wow, where has the summer gone?! Best of luck to you as you head back to work.

I ADORE this blouse. I haven't commented on all the posts you have recently done since blogger has been acting up for me again, but I am so inspired and so awed at your ability to create the lovely garments you have been sharing with us. I think this blouse is my favorite though. I LOVE everything about it!

It does have a bit of a country feel to it, but also, for me, reminds me a lot of the full fan-front bodices of the 1840's/1850's. I don't think it necessarily has to be cowgirl/country. . .depending on what you wear it with, I think it will be very classic and elegant. It looks so comfortable too. I'd love to make one like this for myself. Gorgeous job!!!
a complex and very interesting blouse, well done!
ZipZip said…
Dear Jenni,

Wow, that blouse is really, really neat. You're having fun with draping, aren't you?

Very best,

Natalie
My Crafts said…
Hi,

I really like this blouse. You are very gifted with a needle. Congrats!
Jenni said…
Thanks to everyone for boosting my confidence! It's all very fun.
:0)
Nabila Grace said…
I really like this blouse a lot! Have you worn it since you made it yet? I don't think it's to country ;o) Sometimes country is in an action and not always a look ;o) so I would figure you will never be country a day in your life ;o)

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