Sunday, April 17, 2011

Simplicity 2211: Market Blouse Finished!

It's finished!  My Market blouse in black cotton lawn, with mother of pearl buttons and hand sewn top stitch details in silk embroidery thread. 

My finished blouse is a size 12 with a 1" FBA.  I used the size 14 armband pieces.  I also let out the side seams starting about 6 inches from the hem so that I had a bit more room at the bottom.  I opted not to do the top stitching as instructed and instead I did hand stitches along the yoke and the button placket with hand dyed silk embroidery threat for a little textural interest.  Some of my stitches are a bit wonky but I think the overall effect is good.  Just something different to break up all the black blouse.  The buttons I've had in my stash for a while. 

Overall I like how this shirt came out and I would consider making up this pattern again - either in the tunic or dress lengths.   I am a bit cautious though because I feel like the styles in the Lisette line might be best suited to a more lean and willowy body type and I'm more of an hour-glass myself.  This may be just my preference for myself because I've seen beautiful garments on the Lisette flickr site on ladies of all different shapes.  But the neat construction with this garment makes me want to pull out my other Lisette patterns (since I have all 4 of them) and see how they would come together. 
You also get a skirt pattern with Simplicity 2211 and the construction uses a waist stay!  This seems noteworthy to me because a waist stay is something  I usually associate with a higher-end garment and more complex construction techniques.  I don't recall ever seeing a waist stay in a Simplicity skirt pattern so I attribute this nice feature to Leisl Gibson, the pattern designer. 

My next garment sewing project is probably going to be a spring/summer dress but I'm not 100% sure.  What are you sewing up now?


  1. Your top looks very nice! I love the detail stitching that you added. :]

  2. Your top looks fabulous and I love the hand stitching! It's a great detail and I think you did a great job on keeping the stitches even. 2 thumbs up!

  3. The hand stitching really finishes it. Great job. You should enter madebyrae's spring top sewalong.

  4. Oh, so exciting! I've never entered an online sewing contest before but I just entered this shirt in the madebyrae sewalong! Thanks for the tip!

  5. Very nice, Liz. I saw this when you first posted it, but I have had little time to comment. I love the detail of the hand stitching, a perfect detail that adds a lovely touch. Well done!