Friday, January 27, 2012


. . .  I spent the afternoon making up my third Continental Blouse.  This should just about do it for now!

The fabric is Anna Maria Horner's Coreopsis voile in raspberry.  I fell in love with this print as soon as I saw it.  It calls to mind all sorts of things I love:  Neuland type, the artwork of Aubrey Beardsley (it's not all perverted), and the woodcuts of modern artist Nick Wroblewski, of which I'm lucky to own a couple examples.  What it doesn't call to mind is coreopsis - at least not any of the varieties I've ever had in my garden!  Beautiful, nonetheless.

It's going to be a while before I can actually wear this - the voile is very fine, so this top is quite lightweight.  I'm hoping to be able to wear it when we take our little "get away from winter" mini-vacation in a month or so.

This is the first item I've crossed off from my Spring Sewing list!  My plan is to start work on the Pussy Bow Blouse next.  I had to get a new printer to print out the pattern:  my (ten-year-) old one broke as I was trying to print it out last week!  I even dug out my paper cutter for the occasion!  So I'm hoping to spend some time this weekend assembling the pattern.  I don't know if I'm in the minority, but I really enjoy assembling PDF patterns!


  1. Right away I was looking for a Coreopsis-like representation. So happy to read your comment on the subject. :*)

    I love the match-n-tape process. We used it alot in the early days of genealogy research.

    I've gone as far as to sew up a couple pair of pj bottoms for some wintery flannel comfy pants.


  2. Ooh! So cute! I love that red color! I used the Coreopsis pattern in Sugar for my Lonsdale dress-- I've never been into florals, but I was immediately drawn to that print. This is a great color for you, too!

    I kind of hate printing and taping patterns! I get super stressed about whether I'm matching things up correctly, and it takes me forever to do-- I'd much rather just dive in and sew! :)

  3. Mmmm . . . flannel PJs! I made some YEARS ago that I loved. But now I have a foam bed (=hot) so I can't wear them anymore!

    Ginger, I didn't realize you used the same print, so I went back and looked at your dress. I guess that was one of the reasons I loved it so much! I will probably end up getting some of the Sugar colorway too, LOL!

  4. I didn't recognize the print immediately, either, when I saw your shirt! I just remembered how the print didn't look at all like a coreopsis! :) It looks so different in different colorways!

  5. I really like all your Continentals, but this one is my favourite :) Love the raspberry and gray combination… makes me want to make on in a bright print.


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