My mum and I went shopping for fabric a few months back so I could make her a new blouse for the Lunar New Year. We visited Nicole Xavier in Chinatown and bought two meters of Liberty Tana Lawn. These must be the most expensive fabrics I have ever bought but for mum, it’s definitely worth it!
She is usually rather fussy when it comes to the sewing pattern. From sewing for her the last time, I had to avoid anything with a low neckline, modern design, sleeveless or puffy sleeves. So, this time I did my research and presented to her something I thought she might fancy, the burdastyle JJ Blouse. Mum said okay almost immediately but still requested for simpler sleeves. Personally, I am not big on ruffles but thought they will look great on mum’s skinny frame. This is perhaps the first time I have worked with some many ruffles- all six rows of them:)
I measured mum again since it has been almost half a year from her last measurement. Good thing that I did that as she seemed to have grown a size which is actually something good for her. We were all concerned when she looked too skinny, a result of her daily morning exercise routine.
The cotton lawn was a dream to work with and super buttery to feel. Usually I would finish with french seams but I didn’t think that was the best way to finish princess seams so I applied the Hong Kong seams tutorial I saw on Grosgrain. I still finished the side seams and sleeves with french.
When I tried the blouse on to see how it looked, I must say I actually quite fancied those ruffles. They went really well with the stand collar and looked good enough to be a wardrobe staple. Hmmm…perhaps I could do with a JJ blouse in my size:) The JJ I made mum is a wee bit tight at the bust, loose at the waist and definitely too short for me. But, I’ll stick with the original sleeves. I’ve never tried those type of sleeves before so they should be fun to sew.
I would love to snap some photos of mum in it when she tries it on. I hope she likes it:) Have you tried the JJ Blouse pattern yet? I think it’s a really sound pattern and it’s free.
Btw, my Sew Weekly creation for week 2, which I am loving tremendously, will be showcased on Tuesday Pacific Standard Time so do look out for it!
Have a blessed week my sewing comrades:)