Double Datura

Happy Birthday to The Monthly Stitch!  I wouldn’t want to miss the party, even if I’m a bit late.

I can explain about that– I had a completely different, somewhat elaborate plan for this challenge that I pursued until. . . well, until I had an idea for a project that I was more motivated to sew.  Sometimes careful, methodical planning works really well for me, and sometimes I lose interest in my plans.  So, new plan: I upcycled two garments to make two Deer and Doe Datura Blouses using two additional fabrics.  Yay!

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double daturas

This year in my sewing I’ve focused on finding the proportions and silhouettes that I really love to wear.  I kind of lost my way there for a while with most of the garments I sewed in 2014, quite the downer.  The two garments I upcycled for this challenge are shapes that I like in theory, and on other people, but not on me.  The fabrics, on the other hand, I love.

original Papercut Saiph Tunic:

liberty saiph

hacked off, still not right:

jenna cardigan & annalisa skirt

original Schnittchen Sophie:

Made my top, bra, underwear, Fenna's dress. #mmmay15 day 4 about to bike home from school.

The Datura yoke is fully lined.  I used a pale pink cotton batiste for the yoke linings on both blouses.  For the body I used a linen cotton blend that looks silver on one side and navy with a hint of silver on the other side.  I went back and forth about using both sides of this interesting yet subtle fabric, but in the end I used the navy as the right side for both blouses.  Instead of topstitching the yoke seams I stitched in the ditch for a more invisible appearance.  I was able to make enough bias tape from the green Sophie to finish both hems.  The buttons are also the same.  I got them from a market stall in London, I believe in Greenwich, on the South bank of the Thames, where I was a tourist with my family about a year and a half ago.

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The Datura shape works well for me, even though Deer and Doe patterns are designed for an hourglass shape and a C-D cup and I’m most definitely a pear shape and A cup.  I graded out one size at the waist and hips, otherwise no changes.  I like the fit in the upper chest and the bust shaping.  I could fill out the bust more, of course, but I like the loose fit as is.

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I did have trouble sewing the shoulder seams as instructed.  They look a bit lumpy.  When I made Datura the first time several months ago, I didn’t follow the instructions and just did my own thing– those shoulder seams look lovely.  I wish I could remember what I did!  Next Datura I’ll think carefully about how I want to construct the yokes.

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Alright, thanks for having me, and again happy happy birthday!

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