…Allow me a little hyperbole, I’m ridiculously pleased with a packet that turned up in my letterbox (mailbox? postbox? Which one is American?) the other day. I saw this sexy-yet-ladylike blouse on Handmade Jane’s blog and- well- love at first sight is no myth. I posted about my frustration over the hours spent fruitlessly combing the internets for this or a similar pattern.
Eventually, I gave up the search like a reasonable adult. I could wait and see if it turned up somewhere in a few months (vintage patterns often do) or I’d get around to trying to drape it as per your excellent advice in the comments section.
Then Jane sent me an email offering to let me borrow her Advance 7701! I think that’s really special, that’s the kind of sewing cameraderie one would expect from a neighbor down the street. From a fellow sewing blogger and vintage pattern addict on the other end of the world- well. I’m really touched. Thank you, Jane.
I’m petrified, terrified something will happen to it. When I have a little time on Christmas, I’m copying her and sending Advance 7701 straight back whence she came.
I have this old silver (I think) clasp, rescued from an antique store. I’ll muslin the pattern first, tweak if necessary, then make it up in this teal merino with the clasp. We still have to get through mid-summer, but I’ll be wearing my snuggly wrap-cardi-blouse in no time.
Check out Jane’s recent post about her favorite wardrobe pieces, a la Colette sewing book. Since I’m new to reading her blog it’s a great way to get to know her style. (Let’s be honest… If I were a cat burglar, I’d be sorely tempted by those sailor pants… ;))