I made this blouse Memorial Day weekend this year, and I didn’t get around to blogging it until now. My brother does a big memorial day camp out on my family’s farm every memorial day, so I was out in western MA for that. BUT the weather was really abysmal that weekend, so I spent most of it availing myself of my mother’s Bernina and didn’t set foot inside a tent even once. I used the Banksia Blouse pattern from Megan Nielsen.
I love the pattern- it comes on the stiff paper, which is always a plus- and it came together fairly easily. I’ve made a chiffon version of it since then, so stay tuned for that in a future post.
When I went out to pick out the fabric for the blouse, the salesgirl pointed to a rack of Liberty of London lawn. The stuff runs $40/yd- so I went out, pawned my bike, came back, and bought a few yards of it. If only…
The salesgirl, seeing my distress, ushered me over to the lifestyle line- a much more affordable quilting weight Liberty. I thought making the whole blouse out of quilting cotton would look too home-ec, so I opted for a solid voile for the body, and made a contrast placket and bias neck binding out of the lifestyle.
…. and now it’s my favorite blouse. Also, now that I’ve made this, I see peter pan collars everywhere. Like buying a yellow car?
Pictures were taken on the farm- photo credit to my lovely boyfriend, whom you can find over at Lost Continent Books