Cherry Bomb

I love the Runaways. So Cherry Bomb was the obvious choice for this post.

(For the record, I’m a Joan fangirl. Sorry Cherie.)

Despite my rock loving roots, this has come out nice and sweet and 1950s cute if you ask me. That makes me happy too.

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 For some reason this cherry print polka dot cotton makes me think of American diners and blue denim. I’m rather gutted I couldn’t have a milkshake for this photoshoot.

Am I crazy or do you get USA vibes too? I feel like running around town singing Bruce Springsteen songs or maybe bake a cherry pie.

The fabric was won many moons ago thanks to a giveaway by the Vintage Nirvana that is The Polished Button, and delightfully hosted on the famous blog Handmade Jane. I won 1m of the cotton AND 1m of matching cherry print bias binding which I put to good use as an armhole facing.

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What a lucky girl!

I made this blouse last summer but during a strop over the notched collar I put it in the UFO bin — BANISHED.

It was my first time trying a notch collar you see and I was having some difficulty. When I tried more recently on my pyjamas it worked a treat so I was clearly hot and bothered over nothing.

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But now, I’m ooooh sooo smug about how Summery I look.

The blouse is a mix of Simplicity 1880 a hit from the Project Runway pattern line and the Sassy Librarian Blouse. I used the collar plus the front and back yokes from 1880. Then the release pleats and length from the Sassy Blouse.

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If you want to see some cherry print awesomeness on a SL Blouse, look no further than Claire’s fruity version. Or if you’re really after another version of 1880 cropped as a blouse, take a look at Amy’s mad men inspired look.

So what about you? Are you breaking out the summer sewing patterns? Daring to bear some leg or arm now the sun’s staying out longer?

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I nearly made two of this blouse, just in case I got a hole in one!

Waheeeyyyy I finally can share my Sassy Librarian Blouse with you!

(Plus I’ll be announcing my Giveaway winner!)

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I was lucky enough to sign up for the course that accompanies this blouse when Craftsy had a free class day.

I’d seen so many great variations of this blouse that it really intrigued me if the style would suit me.

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At the blogger meet up I chose a Liberty cotton tana lawn print that had tiny golfers and greens in a purple, lialc and apple green colour way.

Erica also bought this groovy fabric in a red and blue colourway, great minds think alike.

I went for view 2 – with pleats, the bow and the tab. As soon as Christine mentioned Mary Tyler Moore I was like hells yes, that’s what I’m after.

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What do you normally do on a sunny evening? Of course you go up to the roof terrace and do a golf themed photo shoot!

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I’m really pleased I made this blouse as it’s a pretty different and unique design.

Perhaps I’d make a couple of changes next time though:

  • I’d definitely lower the back neckline as it’s a bit too high which makes it gape.
  • I’d also lower the front a touch as the tab and bow hit a little too high for comfort when I look down.
  • I might also swap out the release pleats for darts as I feel they aren’t as flattering on me as I’m used to.
  • I’d also experiment with using more overlocked edges and see if they add any bulk to the insides.

The class was pretty well run and perfectly tailored for beginners.

As I had a little more experience I was chomping at the bit to fast forward a little and see the next step but it probably did me some good to stop and watch all the parts.

I do wish details were added in to explain how to use french seams on this blouse. I figured it out myself but bet loads of people had the same head scratching moments that I did. I much prefer the insides with french seams when using a delicate cotton lawn like this.

I also sneakily sewed down my facings, behind one of the pleat flaps. This way my seams (trapped between my facings and outer fabric) definitely won’t fray which is something I was worried about.

Christine is such a sweetheart, explaining everything carefully and clearly, and I really liked that she always looked well put together and was so softly spoken.

The paper pattern wasn’t too fiddly to print and stick, though I did still end up tracing it out afterwards as I had so many amendments to make after my muslin.

I’d definitely recommend the class and it’s inspired me to see what other classes Craftsy has that I could take.

Giveaway winner announcement!

Now what you’re probably all waiting for.

Congratulations Darlene!

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