I’ve been a busy bee month stepping out of my comfort zone with my sewing. I’ve revisited button holes and collars, then tackled stretch fabric!! Will I be attempting any of these again -most definitely!!

First the collar – I have avoided them in the past as I could never get the points equal or the edges didn’t line up at the neck or just simply didn’t sit right – so easier not to do them. The trouble with avoiding them though is I won’t learn how to do them correctly and improve my skills, which is what I am wanting to achieve with my sewing. So whilst trying to decide what to make with some pretty floral fabric I had bought my daughter suggested a short sleeve blouse for which I just happened to have a pattern for in my stash of old patterns. Although I felt unsure about it due to the collar and buttonholes I went ahead and gave it a go and I am so glad I did. Unfortunately I didn’t take many photos whilst making this blouse, just two actually, one prior to cutting out and the other waiting for me to pluck up the courage to do those button holes. I’m pleased to say it does now have buttonholes and buttons! I did several practice runs on scrap fabric and measured and double checked before I attempted the real thing and if I’m honest it wasn’t anywhere as bad I as expected or remembered. I think the key to it all is to take it slow, practice and chill.

I fell in love with this fabric the moment I saw it on the Fabric Galore stand at Olympia in March and I am delighted with the way it came together to make the blouse, which is already being worn and enjoyed in my everyday wardrobe.

The pattern itself was very easy to follow and to construct, one I shall be using again, not really sure where it came from, it may have been one of my mum’s.

Does anyone else have a fear of collars and buttonholes?

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