I’ve decided that blouses like unto this one are really great for mom ‘drobes because they are comfy, liberal and modest (you’ve got to be able to squat, lift, reach and leap with ease), and still is sorta dressy, so you feel nice. But not too nice, like why am I dressed up to change this diaper nice. The happy medium that says I care about the way I look, but not I’m pretending like I have somewhere to go besides the park, a playdate, or the grocery store. Or TwinkleAnn’s.
This blouse was my first attempt at draping. I got really excited about draping after my friend Miranda did her awesome series on draping a wedding dress where she made it seem like something I could actually do, rather than say, moonwalk. I thought I should start out simple as it was my rookie attempt, and since this fabric was a gem from Walmart (it feels just like butter), it wasn’t a huge risk to just go for it. It was a blast (I can and will say that referring to a sewing project), and there will definitely be more draping projects in my future. I discovered my vintage dress form Mona isn’t really ideal for draping as she is too robust and non-penetrable by pins (well not quite–where there’s a will there’s a way), but while I’m just learning and messing around, she’s fine. Anyway, the details of the blouse are pretty simple: it has a small shoulder yoke, medium V neck with a faux placket and knot detail, and boxy shoulder-pleated sleeves that fit loosely, like the whole shirt. I love it. Love the ribbon knot detail that I saw somewhere (Gap I think?) years ago and saved the picture onto my style inspiration folder without a source (back in those archaic days before Pinterest!) Love the periwinkle color, and small floral design. Love that it cost $2 to make.
You know what else I love? Making ugly faces. My high school/college BFF and I used to spend hours (ok ok, long minutes) in front of the mirror making the most hideous faces we could manage and then would say “kiss me!” We were easily entertained in those days. But the last one in this trio is my “Buzz, you’re girlfriend! Woof” face, and isn’t it remarkable? I know, I’m a dead ringer. What can I say, when you’ve got a rubber face, you may as well work it.