The Flocking Birds Minna Blouse

I’m alive!!  I realize it’s been radio silence over at T&C lately, but there’s good reason for that: I had nothing to show you!!!  I failed at making myself sit down and sew this month.  February is always busy – it’s my birthday month!  Which means lots of celebrating…and lots of recovering from said celebrations (this part seems to get more and more difficult with each birthday…what’s up with that?!)

Anyway, I finally finished something!  Meet my new Minna Blouse from Salme Patterns:

Flocking Birds 1

First of all, I’ve got to say that I’m absolutely in LOVE with this fabric, and I’m still kicking myself for only buying one yard of it.  It is a lovely printed silk from Britex Fabrics.  I’ve decided that I want to live in bird-printed clothing.  It just makes you happy.

Flocking Birds 2
Grandma! What big ROOTS you have!

I also really like this pattern – it is the perfect work blouse.  I agree with other reviews that the instructions are minimal in the hand-holding department, but that’s just fine with me.  I pretty much learned how to sew from YouTube and sewing blogs, so refreshing my memory for a few techniques is nothing new.

Flocking Birds 3

I’ve mentioned that seam finishes are my kryptonite, and it’s quite obvious in this top.  I have no less than 4 different seam finishes in this baby!  So, forgive me for not showing you the gruesome innards…it’s for your own good.  No matter…the top looks beautiful on the outside so I’m not too upset about the seam-finishing-smorgasbord.

Back View Collage

I think I’ll be wearing my new birdie blouse quite often.  I’m still working on making more garments that I CAN wear often, instead of always making special things.

Flocking Birds 6

My next project will be Advance 2170, a 1940’s robe pattern as a birthday gift for my Mom.  I’m also going to be participating in the Elisalex Sewalong, which will be my first sewalong ever…you could say I’m freakin excited!  Who else is planning on making an Elisalex?  Rumor on the street is that there will be a Reversalex too!!