Another Honey Blouse – ALYoF

26 Dec

At the beginning of the month I set out my plan to make another Honey Blouse.

Honey Blouse

I’d forgotten that making something a second time round is often quicker and easier than the first time.

I had already decided to lengthen the sleeves a bit more than last time, but when I pulled the fabric from stash I realised that I didn’t have quite enough for all the pieces.

With a bit of quick thinking and a rummage in my voile stash I found some fabric that I could use for the bands for the neck, sleeve, waist and ties.

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As with the first blouse I did not follow the instructions for the neck, sleeve and waist bands. I had read a couple of reviews that mentioned the raw edges on these and when I did a quick muslin from an old sheet I worked out how I could do this differently. I attached just one side of the band and then pressed the seam allowance on the other side to the wrong side of the fabric and hand stitched that side enclosing the raw edges and giving it a much neater finish. Yes I know it won’t be seen but I know it’s there and I think it gives a more comfortable and much more professional finish.

Honey Blouse

Because I opted to lengthen the sleeves (by 8.5″ this time) I also shortened the sleeve bands from 14″ to 10″:

Honey Blouse

I might well go back to the first blouse and redo the bands as they are a bit too loose:

Honey Blouse

I’m really pleased with how this turned out and am glad that I had the motivation of ALYoF to get it done (oh yes and look at that pattern placement smack down the front)!

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6 thoughts on “Another Honey Blouse – ALYoF

  1. What great wardrobe additions – green is my favorite color, so I favor that one, but they are both just gorgeous. Congratulations on meeting your goal of making a second one.

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