The Spring Floral print blouse was the test run for this lovely White Polyester Crepe blouse with lace overlay on the collar and sleeve bands. The White Crepe fabric was from a bolt that I purchased several years ago, which now with having used another 2 metres for this blouse, is down to the last metre and a half that I shall probably use for a short length divided petticoat.
Using the hack from McCalls 6438, the blouse was inspired by the photograph on a knitting pattern. Although not the same, I believe that when combined with the pretty Pink Cardigan that I am currently knitting and a light-coloured linen skirt, will provide a very feminine outfit for the late Spring/early Summer season.
Having already made the Spring Floral print blouse, this version was very easy to put together with no fitting adjustments to be made. However, the Polyester Crepe fabric was not so easy to manage as it persisted in slipping and sliding all over the place! I altered the sleeves slightly from the original version by slashing and spreading the sleeve head to give more gathers at the shoulder. I used a very lightweight fusible interfacing for the collar/front facing and also the sleeve bands all of which are overlaid with the lace. I used the scallop edges of the lace yardage to make the frill around the collar. The very plain buttons are from my stash and once again I have given the blouse a shaped hemline which will provide plenty of length to tuck into a skirt. All seams are overlocked so that the inside is neat and tidy. I look forward to completing the knitting of the cardigan (over halfway there as we speak) and wearing the outfit on a sunny day!