I’ve been reading the Sew Weekly for a few months now (even won a pincushion!), but as we know, I am far from the fastest sewer ever, so I’ve yet to participate in one of the challenges, until today.

Ascot Blouse

This week’s theme was “At the Races” and was to be a garment inspired by the Ascot scene in My Fair Lady.

Ascot Blouse

I had already planned on making this tie-neck blouse, but I made one small change to fit the challenge. When I think of the Ascot Scene, I think of how Eliza looks all lady-like and demure, before busting out “C’mon Dover, move your bloomin’ arse!” So I took this demure blouse and added a little secret.

Pink Buttons!

Very bright pink buttons that you only catch glimpse of beneath the tie. Buttons, that depending on the light, look either magenta or the hottest of hot pinks.

Off to the Races

Oh and we’re supposed to wear a hat, so here’s the cloche again.

The Facts

Fabric: About $3-4 worth from Denver Fabrics
Pattern: Burdastyle Ute – Variation B
Year: modern
Notions: 5 pink buttons
Time to complete: two days
First worn: June 2011
Wear again: Yes!

Total Cost: $8-10

I like this pattern a lot, but if you’re not familiar with shirt construction, the directions are a bit vague, particularly when it comes to attaching the tie collar (the best part). I’d also recommend using more smaller buttons, than the fie large ones the pattern recommends.  There appears to be some pulling at the buttons in the photos, which would largely go away if there were less space between the buttons (though I’d probably sew this with a tad more ease a second time around too).

I like that this shirt is both dressy and cool, and I’m going to get a lot of wear with it this summer.

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