Like practically every lass out there in sewing-land, I'm a huge, huge, Mad Men fan. A major part of the show's appeal for me is the meticulous styling - the fedoras! The mid-century modern furniture! The ladies' outfits! I thought I'd finish my summer sewing roundup with my modern-day homage to the feminine and buttoned-up work-wear of the Mad Men era.
I saw this blue polka-dot cotton poplin in Fabricland earlier this summer and was immediately taken with it -- it's got a sweet vibe without crossing into overly cutesy territory. I had been wanting to sew up Simplicity 2501 and decided this fabric would be a perfect fit.
I like this blouse more and more every time I wear it. I have to admit -- for me, it was a bit of a stretch to wear a puffed sleeved/polka dotted/bow-tied blouse at first. All of those girly details made me worry it was a bit twee to wear in a professional setting. However, I've gotten such good feedback on it that it's become one of my favourite work staples. Funny how that goes, eh?
The pattern was a breeze to sew up, and I think I might make the longer sleeved version in navy for the fall/winter. The only thing about this blouse I don't like is a mistake I made on the first button hole. I got a little overly zealous with my seam ripper and ripped straight off the edge of the fabric! That little slip resulted in the ugliest buttonhole known to man:
Brutal!! This is definitely not my proudest sewing moment. Luckily, the bow tie is not only very cute -- it also acts as an ugly button hole cover-up.
See? No one's the wiser!