Monday, August 31, 2015

The 'Maillot à Pois Rouges' Mimi Blouse

I'm happy to share my latest sewing make: the 'Maillot à Pois Rouges' Mimi blouse!  'Maillot à Pois Rouges' literally means white with red polka dots but it is also the jersey that is worn in the Tour de France by the person who reaches the mountain top first (the 'King of the Mountains').  While I definitely did not cycle up any mountains, it seemed a nice metaphor for this sewing project.  This Mimi blouse sat lingering in my stash for far too long and finishing it felt like a good sewing achievement!

The fabric is a nice lightweight mixed blend fabric with a cotton contrast collar. I'm usually not a big fan of thin collars but I do like how it looks on this blouse!  The blouse was easy to put together and features a nicely gathered back yoke, pleated sleeves and a button-down front.

The most time consuming parts included attaching the collar and sewing the buttonholes and buttons – primarily because they are the two things that really stand out on the shirt (especially when if you decide to do a contrast collar!)  I have to say that making the collar symmetrical (or as symmetrical as I could!) was the biggest challenge!

Overall, I'm happy with the results and now I have a nice spring/summer weight blouse!  I'd love to try sewing it up all in one fabric.

What about you?  What has been your most recent sewing 'mountaintop' achievement?

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