Another month, another garment for Project #SewMyStyle. As much as these have been hit-or-miss makes for me, I always love seeing how other people interpret the month’s challenge, and seeing how I can make it my own as well. I was a little nervous about the Valley Blouse since my last Cali Faye Collection make didn’t go so great. Good news, everyone: I really like the Valley Blouse! Plus, the Valley Blouse has the honor of being the first thing I’ve put my brand new labels into. Dutch Label Shop offered to send me some at no cost to me to try out, in exchange for my honest feedback on them. Spoiler alert, I love them! And you can order some for yourself using a special discount code just for my readers.
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The Valley Blouse
Cutting out the Valley Blouse
I decided to make a medium Valley Blouse. I wanted that easy oversized look that Sarah’s example photos have. The fabric is a gorgeous lightweight cotton lawn from Kaufman. I’m obsessed with this mustard-y color (it’s yellower than the photo on the site), and it’s a perfect weight for this blouse. I think I need to make more things out of different colors of this lawn!
I didn’t make any changes to this pattern while making it, which you all know is a rarity. Originally I thought I might add ties instead of a button front. In the end, I had to bang this one out in the middle of packing preparations, so no changes! The ties seem like an awesome addition for this blouse, though, so I might add them to a future one. I also didn’t make any #sewingtall changes, but should have — I didn’t want to spend the time on them in the moment. The sleeves need another two inches for sure, and I could use another inch in the body of the blouse.
Sewing the Valley Blouse
Unlike the Pocket Skirt, no surprising and needlessly complex elements to this pattern! It’s just a regular yoked blouse with bishop sleeves. It comes together pretty quickly, perfect for a fall afternoon.
Yeah. I’m not really sure what to say about this other than “better than the Pocket Skirt and simple.” It’s a really nice beginner blouse — easy to fit and (once again) easy to sew. I think if I made another, I’d take a little of the width out of the body and the sleeves. It’s just a lot on my frame, although I do like the width at the hem. Maybe I’d do a small a-line adjustment. Plus, like I said before, some #sewingtall adjustments. You’d think by now I’d just do them automatically, but noooooo, I’m lazy.
So there we go: a real win for Project #SewMyStyle, and Cali Faye is redeemed in my eyes! I could definitely see myself adding another Valley Blouse to my closet, although it’s not at the top of my list. Did you make the Valley Blouse this month? What did you think?
Dutch Label Shop
Since I’ve been doing this whole sew-your-own-clothes thing for a while, I decided recently it was time to take the plunge and get some sew-in labels for my makes. I’d seen lots of people on Instagram post about getting tags from Dutch Label Shop, and I knew that it had to be a great place to go. Abby over at Dutch Label Shop offered to send me some at no cost for me to try out, and let me tell you guys, I’d buy these over and over again myself!
I had so much fun playing around with their label design preview, and ended up going with their basic woven labels. Dutch Label Shop allows you to upload your own custom design for just a few dollars more than their basic design, and if you’re set on a logo, that would be such a great option! I don’t think mine lends itself to a small label, so I went simple.
I used a font that looks handwritten, and included a glasses image on them as well. I’ve worn glasses since I was 9, and they’re totally a part of me now — it’s so cool to be able to put them into all my garments! And the tags are particularly special since I’m also putting them in a few things I’m making for my best friends before I move. I’m hoping the sweet combination of glasses, a handwritten-style name, and a handmade garment makes them smile when they miss me (which will be all the time, right Meg and Molly???).
You guys, I can’t stop playing with these labels. I want to lay on the floor and make label snow angels in them. I want to shower myself in the labels. They’re gorgeous, high-quality, easy to sew in, and economical! So if you’re wondering whether or not you should make the investment: do it. Seriously, you won’t regret it! Such a small thing can really elevate your handmade garments, and make them extra special for someone else.
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