Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Sencha Blouse in Polka Dots (Naturally!)

Oh, cruel irony. When Casey showed us pictures of her lovely Sencha blouse on her dress form, I brattily demanded to see pictures of her in it. Now I've made my own Sencha (two actually!) and what am I doing? Posting pictures of it on my dress form, naturally. Oh, cruel irony indeed.

This week has been a little rough, with a cold keeping me in bed today. While I didn't exactly take the day off, it was lovely to work while bundled up in my flannel pajamas. I hope to get caught up on photos and the Peter Pan collar video tutorial this weekend.

Anyway, the Sencha is a lovely little blouse pattern from Colette Patterns and was a joy to sew, just like all of Sarai's patterns. I used a rayon print from New York Elegant Fabrics, and it drapes so nicely!

Come back soon for more pictures and more Senchas! Just as soon as I get out of my jammies, I swear . . .

29 comments:

  1. Wow, this is beautiful! I love the color, and the cute keyhole, and the polka dots! :D

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  2. I'm totally smitten with that teal color these days! And I recently ordered the Sencha pattern... can't wait to get it! Yours is adorable!

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  3. This is a super-cute pattern! Your fabric choice is just perfect. It looks so great on the dress form but I agree, I'd like to see it on a real person! How long, approximately, did it take to sew? (PS-I just made the Madeleine bloomers from Colette Patterns and am in LOVE.)

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  4. Hi Gertie!

    Sorry to hear you're under the weather. :(

    Your work is lovely, as always! And the polka dots are adorably elegant :) Can't wait to see this on you.

    One of your readers commented a couple weeks ago that they thought the Sencha blouse could be modified for a close approximation of Vogue's portrait neckline blouse. Since you've sewn both, would you mind giving your thoughts on how much modification might actually be involved? I don't mind tweaking, but I'm afraid it'll turn into an all-out drafting project...and that makes me more than a little nervous! ;)

    Thanks, Gertie! Feel better soon!

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  5. So lovely. Great fabric. I have been thinking spring/summer shirts, and I think I will put this pattern on my list.

    Can't wait to see more pics, and feel better!

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  6. This is my next pattern purchase from Colette Patterns. Such a versatile top and I think it is so lovely. Beautiful style and can go with pretty much anything! So so so jealous that you've already done two! And that they look so cute. I also demand that you give us a pic of you wearing them. Can't wait for that tutorial either! You are simply marvelous!

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  7. It's gorgeous! I really love buttons down on back piece, like the other blouses you've made. I'm very soon going to purchase some Colette patterns, I hear only great about them, and your (and other seamstresses) piece(s) verify this. Love the fabric also. If I'm ever going to NY, I'm going to ask you about all the fabric shops...

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  8. Looks great! I made one too (without such drapey loveliness though) so if you want to see it on a real person check out tillyandthebuttons.blogspot.com. Hope you get well soon!

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  9. The top is really lovely!

    I agree with kmr, I would be interesting if you would share your thoughts about modifying the Sencha into a vogue portrait neckline blouse.

    I do hope you’ll feel better soon.

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  10. It's gorgeous!

    I just received my Sencha pattern - I'm hoping to start it this weekend, the same version you've made here, with the neck ties. I've got a lovely white crepe with black polka dots (heh), courtesy of my grandmother, I can't wait to get started!

    I'm still torn between bound buttonholes and standard (?) buttonholes... we'll see how it goes I guess!

    @carina_

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  11. Ooh, just lovely. Teal is one of my favorite colors!

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  12. haha! Funnily enough the reason I didn't post pictures of me wearing my Sencha because I was under the weather last week too! (Though, for completely different, girl reasons. ;) rofl!

    This is just so darling--I adore the green and black polka dots--how cute are those?! I am seriously growing more and more envious of your amazing fabric resources. haha! That color is going to look amazing on you! :)

    I'm so glad you shared this, and hope you feel lots better soon!!! *sending get well wishes your way*

    ♥ Casey
    blog | elegantmusings.com

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  13. Aha, I've been trying several things of this exact shade of green yesterday, smitten by how gorgeaous it looked... and here it is today! On a Sencha blouse! With polka dots, too!
    I'm sure it's gonna be gorgeous worn with a black skirt (or even a bright red or purple one), it should look terrific on you!

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  14. So pretty! I've been hesitating whether to get that Sencha pattern (what with having no time to sew these days...), but you have finally quashed any doubt I might have had. Hope you get well soon!

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  15. That's such a pretty, feminine blouse. With a black pencil skirt? Nice sewing!

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  16. I'm with the others who are jealous of your access to fabulous fabric in the city...this fabric is marvelous.

    Hope to see you feeling better and modeling this gem of a blouse soon!

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  17. I want a shirt that buttons down the back now. Very lovely teal color.

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  18. Thanks, guys! I agree that this blouse would convert well to a portrait neckline. Take the #1 version of this blouse, and convert the jewel neckline to a scoop neckline. You just need to draw in your new neckline with a french curve and also make a new facing. (for instructions on how to do this, check out the new Built By Wendy Dresses book). I'd make a muslin to make sure the neckline isn't gaping. If it gapes, you'll want to make the neckline a little smaller by taking little pinches out of your pattern in a couple places. Don't forget to do the same to your facing! Does that help?

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  19. Totally gorgeous. I hope you feel better soon.

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  20. What a beautiful color!

    I hope to add this pattern to my collection soon!

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  21. Beautiful blouse. I love that fabric - I'm a big fan of New York Elegant Fabrics. I live in London but when I'm in NYC I always find really lovely fabrics that I have to buy in there!

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  22. The top is beautiful but for me I don't want dresses with the buttons at the back. my wife usually like those clothes. you can't button your dress by yourself. LOL. by the way, you might wanna check this Evening Tops for more ideas.

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  23. Hi:
    Just stopped by to say hello and look all the great stuff in here. If you have a chance please visit my Evening Tops on my site.

    Thanks so much.

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  24. I love your idea for modifying this pattern to make it look more like your vogue portrait neck blouse, but when I was looking at that pattern, I noticed that some of the pieces are shoulder pads... did you include these or leave them out? If you did include them they look so natural! (I know this is a super old post, but I'm going back through all your old posts for inspiration)!

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  25. this looks fantastic on you. i think we have body shapes that are similar ish (35-31-41, B cup) and this sencha looks so great on you and mine looks so awful on me! any hints? did you do an SBA?
    enviously,
    liz :)

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