Ready for Spring with a Floral Silk-Cotton Sudley Blouse
It's finally starting to warm up in the city. Spring is almost here... even though it's definitely overdue! In the past few weeks, on those days where it's been sunny, bright, and warm, I've struggled to come up with outfits that seemed to fit the season. As it turns out, I'm pretty good for fall/winter clothing but my wardrobe is looking quite bleak for spring/summer.
Needless to day, I was excited when I saw this silk-cotton blend on sale at Fabricland last month. Can you believe that this lovely material for this shirt only cost $15? I can't! It feels so luxurious and soft to the touch. In fact, it feels as if I'm wearing pajamas.
To be honest, I was a bit nervous about cutting into this fabric and sewing with it, though, as I normally shy away from hand-wash only fabrics like silk. However, it posed no difficulties with pretreating it, drying it, and even cutting and sewing it.
I decided to make a Sudley Blouse with it because, as I mentioned before, I need some clothes that can be worn to the office. I made a straight size medium and I really love the fit. It's so easy to wear and can be worn tucked or untucked so I can see it being worn quite a bit in the next few months even though it does need to be hand-washed. It came together easily and surprisingly quick, despite having to wait for a new iron to come from Amazon, in the middle of construction!
Speaking of the new iron, I ordered a Black and Decker Classic one and can attribute at least part of the success of this garment to it. It has a slightly smaller surface area than my old T-Fal iron but it's twice as heavy. It definitely packs a punch! The iron basically became my best friend in such a short period of time, especially while working with the handmade bias tape on the neckline and keyhole.
Do you have a sewing tool that's your BFF? Let me know in the comments!