Completed Project: Colette Jasmine Blouse
I bought this pattern the moment it was released, but I only got round to actually using it a couple of weeks ago. My original intention was to make it in green, and I even had the fabric set aside for it, but for some reason I just never got around to it.
Then one day whilst in the wondrous Boyes I spied some cerise ‘hammer satin’ and fell in love. I didn’t know exactly what to use it for (another Anna did cross my mind!), but the price was too good to leave it behind and the colour was beautiful. I decided to give the Jasmine blouse a try.
Truthfully, I wish I had left this fabric behind. I’ve been working with satin a lot this year, and so I didn’t really think twice about buying this – I thought I would be able to handle it just as easily as the other types of satin I’ve used recently. WRONG.
This satin was sooooooooooooooooooooooooo slippery (that’s a joke for Julia there) – it was just like liquid! When laid out on the cutting table (a challenge in itself), I only had to touch it lightly with my finger for the fabric to actually ripple like water. Out of all the fabrics I’ve ever used, including chiffon, this was the trickiest to handle. It slid and rippled all over the place, and it was impossible to turn out, and it wouldn’t press! The neck-tie/collar took me over THREE HOURS to turn and press.
Seriously. Three hours of my life I will never get back, spent trying to roll out seams on the right side of the fabric. ARRRGGGHH.
I wasn’t even sure if this was going to look good. I was worried that this stupid fabric was actually too shiny for a blouse. The whole time I was making it I wasn’t sure about it, but I carried on anyway because I don’t like unfinished projects.
Anyway, I mainly finished it. It does still need hemming, but I don’t know if I’m ever actually going to wear it in real life, so there’s no real incentive to hem it – especially as I could just tuck it in like I did for these pictures! It does look nice with my Colette Meringue skirt as pictured here, but this isn’t really a practical look for me. I think if I were to use this pattern again, I would definitely use a light cotton fabric for it, then it would feel that bit less formal.
I can’t fault the pattern, anyway. As with all Colette Patterns, it is well designed, nicely presented and very clear. It was just the fabric that didn’t work for this project.
So, to summarise, this is not my best creation, but *exaggerates northern accent* YER CAN’T WIN EM ALL CAN YER?! EH?!