Colourful Airelle

airelle1I bought this small piece of Liberty tana lawn a few months ago with the intention of making a blouse out of it. Then I changed my mind and decided to make a gathered skirt with a back elasticated waistband instead. I made a mess out of said gathered skirt (don’t ask!), and all I was left with were the front and back panels of the skirt, which luckily were juuuust enough for a blouse, so back to square one.

airelle4I decided to try the Deer&Doe Airelle blouse (if you clicked through those links: doesn’t one of the models look familiar?😀 ) with the sleeve caps of the Réglisse dress, because that was all I could squeeze out of my skirt panels. I had to shorten the Réglisse sleeve caps for them to correspond to the armholes of the blouse, but style wise I think they suit the blouse very well.

airelle3I made a straight size 36, which fits pretty well I’d say. Had I cut the normal Airelle sleeves, I would have graded the shoulders up to a 38, but the sleeve caps allowed me to forgo that step.

airelle6It was a straightforward sew that didn’t take me more than two days from tracing the pattern to finishing the blouse, and God knows I’m a slow sewer! I finished the seams with my serger, which I’ve come to value more and more: it’s fast and easy, yet looks so professional.

airelle7My favourite part of the blouse has to be the collar: I can’t even begin to understand why so many people have sewn collarless Airelles, but different strokes for different folks… I appreciate the darts, too, which give such a flattering fit through the bodice.

airelle2It’s a nice little blouse that can be worn in a lot of different outfits. I have been wearing it both tucked in high-waisted skirts and untucked over jeans and, although I’m more used to my high-waisted skirts and think those kind of outfits are more my style, I couldn’t really tell which way I prefer it. By the way, those are Ginger jeans you see in some of the pictures, but more about them in a future blog post!

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16 thoughts on “Colourful Airelle

  1. Hooray for saving your fabric from the bin! I agree that the collar (and the sleeve caps, in this case) really make the blouse. And can I just say that I’m greener than a tree frog with envy that you and Camille got to hang out for the Deer & Doe photo shoot? I met Camille a few months ago, and it was the highlight of my summer. You two are among my very favorite bloggers, and I can only imagine how much fun you had together.

    • Merci beaucoup! On est d’accord au sujet d’Airelle. Quoique, sous-estimé je ne sais pas, j’en ai quand même vu beaucoup de versions… mais pas très souvent à mon goût!😀 Enfin, les goûts et les couleurs… Mais je me souviens en avoir vu quelques jolies versions chez toi!😉

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