7/26/09

Ethereal Collection

I've made New Look 6892 four times now and each time is suppose to be my last time, but I've become such a fan of these light and airy tops. I thought the use of Ethereal Collection was fitting because of the sheerness, insubstantiality and flounciness of the garments.




The blouses are so comfortable, that I was constantly rotating them. I wash/dry flat and grab & go, especially on the weekend. Even on the hottest day they are perfect and also protect my skin from the intense sun. My daughter mentioned last week that I really need to give it a rest. Mostly referring to the one I like to call my bohemian moment...lol



The blouses are gathered boat neck tops, worked up in a flowy fabric of sheer polyester. All the seams were serged, as well as the neckline, sleeve edges and the bottom of the blouse. To work with sheer fabric, sergers are worth their weight in gold, it makes construction so easy and eliminates the concern over fraying edges.

For hemming the blouses I just fold the serged edge to the inside and final stitch. In most instances, I will fold twice and final stitch to encase the stitches... did I say I luv my serger....lol


In constructing each blouse, I've omitted the casing and ties for the neckline and instead used 1/4" clear elastic. With the neckline and sleeve edges serged, I fold the fabric over the elastic and stretch as I sew to gather the neckline and sleeves and then fold to the inside once more and final stitch.

May, 2009


April 2009 - this one I like to call my bohemian moment.
I can't say enough about this pattern with the use of sheer fabric giving that lighter than air feel.


Do you have a pattern that has been repeated numerous times and if so, what characteristics of that garment makes it a repeater?

26 comments:

Erica B. said...

Great looking blouses! I really love the black and white.

alethia said...

I really like the four tops. I guess you can call the pattern a TNT. Simplicity 4236 is the pattern tha i used to make and re-make five skirts out of five different fabric I re-copied the pattern and eliminated some of the fullnes in the bottom of the skirt. This new pattern was twiked for each skirt, depending on the amount of fabric i had to work with. I was pleased with the results.

Jackie O said...

Great looking tops!

Carolyn (cmarie12) said...

All of these tops are sooooo pretty! I can understand why you've made the pattern 4x now. And we know that I will use a pattern to death and then some! :)

Gail said...

I love this style of blouse and am planning a few myself. I'm with Erica B - the black and white one is particularly special.

Gloria said...

great tops, I pieces like this that are easy to dress up or down. Nice work.

I especially like the last top I could see it with a tank top underneath, jeans and some great dark organde sandles...with matching skinny belt.

Opal said...

Beautiful blouses. My fav is the black and white.....

peacockchic said...

I love them all especially the polka dot and bohemian moment. I am still on the hunt for "THAT" pattern but I have one BWOF pattern that I am dying to make again so that may be "THE ONE"...lol

Faye Lewis said...

WOW! A wardrobe of tops. You know I like that!

Sue said...

I love all the tops - great fabrics for them!
The only pattern I have made multiple times is Jalie 2445 for the yoga pants. I love them - that reminds me I should make some more...

Adrienne said...

Great blouses!!! I love the black and white! That's my favorite.

My most recent repeated pattern is Simplicity 4135. Those pants just work and fit fantastic.

toy said...

well if it works keep making them, that is why I have so many wrap dress, lol
your tops and fabric choices are all beautiful

Sheila said...

Thank You.

I am wearing the olive printed one today with deep olive slacks. The mosaic print really pops with the slacks.

@ Alethia: You are right, I can call it a TNT pattern. Also, what I like about it is, if I tire of the long sleeve version, I can refashion it into short sleeves.

gold said...

Those are some great looking blouses. When something looks good on you keep making it! :)

urbanknitrix said...

I love the tops!! All of them are awesome, but especially the Bohemian one.

stillpatrice said...

love it.... im scared of the sheer fabric though lol

Shannon said...

What a great bunch of blouses! Such excellent additions to the wardrobe - all the same pattern, yet so different!

Cas... said...

Wow! Lovely tops! I want one! Send it to me! LOL!

Lynnelle said...

You made some very beautiful tops! I love how you finished the neckline with FOE. Good thinking!

My repeats are Vogue 8157 (pants) and Kwik Sew 2694 (knit tops). I've made each of them five times. I love the pants pattern because the fit is great for me. I only had to spread the back crotch 2 inches to account for the junk in my trunk. The tops are sooo easy to make because I can do them completely on my serger. The fit's not too bad easy.

I'm about to add Kwik Sew 3179 (tops) to the list. I recently made the short-sleeve version completely on my serger and I love it.

Cennetta said...

You certainly picked a winner. And I can understand why this is a repeater. I do have a few patterns that I've repeatedly used. Most of them are repeated because of the "perfect fit", style and ease of use. Like you those garments that are stylish grab and go quickly become favorites, especially for weekend gear. Great use of your blouse pattern.
C

Tanya said...

Looks like I'm late but love all of the tops, the black and white is really nice.

Cheryl Wray said...

I just LOVE these!!!

robin said...

I especially love the top two versions. I can't stop making TNT patterns either - I really need to come off of Simplicity 3775 one of these days (I made yet another one I haven't even blogged yet) but I love it and it's such predictable wardrobe enhancement.

Carolanne said...

Hi Sheila!
I see you left me a message on PR, but being that I'm not an official "member", I can't open it! Anyway, I purchased this pattern and two great pieces of sheer fabric and I'm hoping mine will look as fabulous as yours! :)
Carolanne

Aminat said...

Waooooo, these are great looking blouses. Being on holiday for over a month, I definately need something like this to jump start my mojo.They all look lovely

k_purls2 said...

I like the paisley print one. Actually I like them all. Um, I haven't repeated a project yet, but I always say I will. I think it's getting to the end and rethinking what you could do differently and being curious about the outcome. I also think those patterns that are closest to your personality just beg to be repeated.