Vogue Vp976 Animal Print Blouse / I Made My Clothes
This was a project I felt good about from start to finish. I knew it was going to be a lovely addition to my me made wardrobe. I also have been eyeing so many cool animal print fabrics, I was ecstatic when I finally ordered a couple yards to play with. For those who may not jive with animal print, I do understand, the nineties nostalgia lives on, but it does grow on you and becomes a nice neutral in your closet. Its going to take some experimenting on how to wear animal print as a neutral, but I think a blouse is a good place to start!
A quick blog post today- not much to share in terms of the making process, this pattern was made straight off the envelope with no major mods.
Instructions and Making Process
The instructions went as smooth as butta… I had no moments of scratching my head or ripping my hair out. I cut a straight size 12 . Based off my measurements, I fall into a size 14, as all big 4 patterns, but find everything I make in a 14 ends up fitting a tad big on me, so I sized down. Instead of attaching the yoke facing down by hand basting, I used the burrito method to enclose all the raw edges, I also used french seams for the arms, this is a bit tricky with gathers, but its not hard once you train you brain WRONG SIDES TOGETHER first- then right sides together, sometimes I even sing it as little song as I go... I decided to not hand baste the collar down as instructed, and did a nice top stitching around the collar instead.
I used the template provided for the button placement. I do think the buttons are spread too far apart on the placket. I may go back and add another one where it gaps open at the breast- not a place where we want gaping. I also finally used my sewing machine to stitch the buttons on! This really provided a professional finish to the garment. There are many tips and tricks on Instagram and you tube how to sew your buttons on with a machine, but I might go ahead and put together a small tutorial for you here on the blog.
I used rayon challis leopard print fabric, it took exactly 2 yards for the blouse VIEW F- next time I would love to remake this in the tunic version in a crisp linen or floaty tencel, even a scrumptious noil would be divine.
Overall this was a easy sew, with a beautiful result. This blouse is a perfect addition to my capsule style season less wardrobe. The sleeve is extra but not too extra, perfect for my carefree mom lifestyle.
Don’t forget its Makers For Fashion Revoultion week!! This is a time to reflect on who made your clothes! Or why you make your own clothes! You can find more information at Fashionrevoultuion.com and In The Folds on instagram! I am a sewist and maker, moving further and further away each year from consuming fast fashion clothing, and it feels soooo good!
Why do I make my own clothes? I started sewing my own clothes because I was tired of shopping poor quality from Target and H&M , falling into the cheap fast fashion trends. Nothing inspired me in my closet, the scratchy polyester and acrylic threads were constantly being thrown in the donation bins, it was a viscous cycle. I could not justify spending too much on clothing with a growing family even though I knew quality in a garment was important. So I would continue to fall into the cheap fast fashion cycle. I knew this had to change.
I also knew almost all clothing was made in exchange for cheap labor overseas in countries like China and Bangladesh, that skilled sewing labor jobs and manufacturing companies were closing ( almost non existent) in the United States and moving all overseas at a cost. I knew others ( PEOPLE OF COLOR) were being exploited so I could spend $9.99 on two tees only to toss them months later. I knew I wanted to change my psychological behavior toward want vs need and start a more minimalist and mindful wardrobe.
Over the course of the year I have found my self reflecting more on the subject, and have made the conscious decision to sew my entire wardrobe, with the exception of buying thrifted and vintage clothing. . I try my best to choose sustainable , thrifted and environmentally friendly fabrics whenever possible. My goal is to take care of the clothing I have made by mending and altering, and to sew less items and wear the ones I have made more frequently. I want to love the clothing item I have sewn and wear the hell out of it!! This is not always the case with sewing, not everything you make will turn out perfect, you may have to donate it or give it to a friend. Its a process to build your skills and find your own true style. But its a start and its damn empowering!
The best book I have come across on the subject is from Elizabeth Cline- Overdressed - I highly encourage you to give it a read! “Clothes could have more meaning and longevity if we think less about owning the latest or cheapest thing and develop more of a relationship with the things we wear. Building a wardrobe over time, saving up and investing in well made piece, obsessing over the perfect hem, luxuriating in fabrics, and patching up and altering our clothes are old fashioned habits. But they are also deeply satisfying antidotes to the empty uniform of cheapness. If more of us picked up the lost art of sewing and reconnected with the seamstresses and tailors in our own communities, we could all be our own fashion designers and constantly reinvent, personalize and perfect things we own.”
This was one of the many thought provoking paragraphs in the book, being a sewist, I feel its my duty to shop clothing responsibly and ask “Who made my clothes” and its my duty to make, mend and alter the ones I already own. The road is not impossible to travel, we don’t all have to boycott Target or never shop new again, but challenge ourselves to do better, to be more mindful and shop clothes to last past a season. And yes this is a library book, so I can read it and pass it on to the next person!
So many reasons to sew! So many reasons to love your memades!
Pattern - Vogue VP976
Jeans- Madewell ( second hand)
shoes- vans going strong for 2 years