Jen’s Weekend Getaway

It was Mum’s birthday last week. Happy Birthday, Mum.

The weekend getaway came the week before when Mum, Sister, Bubble and I flew to Canberra to visit Brother #1.

When it came to a present, I decided to go the Makery* route, and make something useful, rather than gifting her a thing that would just end up in a drawer somewhere.

I bought Liesl + Co’s Weekend Getaway blouse pattern a while ago, intending to make it for myself in something light and drapey. For Mum, I used a blue stretch woven cotton (sateen?) from the $2 table at Darn Cheap Fabrics. I rather suspect it’s the same as Thornberry used to make her Late Lunch tunic.20131213-143827.jpg

The pattern was simple to follow for the most part; the shoulder seam/ facing stumped me a bit, so I just French seamed it, which seemed to work fine. I discovered the overcasting stitches (and foot) on my machine, and that made finishing the facing a lovely, easy and NEAT experience. I used an overcasting stitch on the hem too, and only folded it once, as mum likes her clothes with quite a bit of ease and coverage.

I used an off-white thread, so the top stitching would be a bit decorative instead of hidden, but I meant to top stitch the collar/facing too, but forgot. I think it would have added something, but I was running out of time (the blouse was finished the morning of Mum’s birthday lunch). I also added the sleeves. 20131213-143909.jpg

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Mum and I have virtually the same measurements, (I am in possession of a somewhat fuller bust), so I was able to try it on for her to preserve the surprise. The blouse is very comfy, the fabric lovely to wear… and I felt like I was dressed to perform surgery. I think it was a combination of the colour, slightly structured fabric, and shirt-like pattern – all completely not my style. I didn’t hate it, but it was definitely not something I’d wear.

Which is fine, because Mum loves it!

And I’ll tackle that FBA kindly supplied in the instructions, and make myself a short sleeved version with off-white silk/cotton and black voile facings. I’m trying to stop being scared of many things using fabric I really like. That sounds quite dumb, doesn’t it?!

*Growing up, Dad had a collection of what we called Makery books, phone book sized tomes, usually published by Readers’ Digest or something of that ilk. They were like bibles for DIY, an Instructables for the 70s. Some of the amazing projects Dad completed were a treated pine a-frame swing set and climbing frame, a cubby house complete with Winnie the Pooh Sanders sign and a 2+ metre high pirate fort, with a rope ladder.

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P.S. Hope all the Sewjourners have a happy and productive weekend away. I’m going to try to make a start on Bubble’s Christmas dresses (yes, plural. I’m crazy.). Xx