Saturday 28 April 2012

Taffy Blouse

Continuing with the Colette sew along, it's been a while for me. I enjoyed the Meringue skirt, Pastille dress disaster, and only got as far as cutting out the pattern for the Truffle dress. I think we can say I'm not totally dedicated to this sew along, although yes lesson are being learn t. So for the Taffy blouse.

I personally have had a love hate journey with this.
 1st I love it, probably the best pattern in the book, I love the fact that there are only three parts to the pattern to cut out.
 2nd, I hate it, the whole process is to learn about flimsy fabrics, and yes I struggled.
 3rd I love it, what a wonderful pattern, in theory so easy to put together.
 4th, I hate it, or my sewing machine does. The weave on my fabric is very loose and my sewing machine just wants to eat it. I know the top will only last the summer as it will surely fall apart by the autumn.
 5th I love it, a quick try on before the binding goes on show what a wonderful cut a summery feeling this top is.
 6th, I hate it, when the binding is on it actually has more weight than the fabric and the sleeves just look funny.
 7th, I love it, I iron and put it on with some half decent clothes and suddenly YES it's a winning top.


I would also like show off my wonderful shoes, I love wedges! These where a total find at the boot fair, 50p, that's less than a dollar for you American folk!

I couldn't resist this though, Arthur thought he would like to join in with the photo shoot,what a star!

This is such a lovely blouse, I think it will be the summer top of the year for all the sewers all over the world! I also hope to show this off with Justine this week.


  1. I think it looks lovely! I'm sorry to hear you had such a love/hate relationship with it though - do you think you'll ever make it up in a different fabric?

  2. the fabric print is lovely. I recommend using cotton, its really easy to work with and make the shape more structure.
    Sewing is a constant learning for me too, so its go to see that in the end the positives outweighed the negatives..

  3. You know I had a love/hate relationship with this top pattern too, still haven't made another one yet... Yours looks lovely and especially love the yellow wedges for 50p! Bargain!

  4. Charlotte, I love,love this blouse,It looks fantastic on you.. I hate sewing flimsy fabrics.yuck!!! But I noticed Rachel said you could use cotton fabric, I am going to ask her about it.. That might be an easy alternative?
    Must tell you...Arthur stole the show.. His photo shoot is the best.He is adorable.
    Happy sewing.

  5. Your top is great, very feminine yet functional. Love your happy action shots!

  6. YOur taffy blouse looks very pretty and perfect for summer. I have it on my vague to-do list. Have you seen the recent post at Alice Apple about cross stitch? She has some interesting pics from a cross stitch book. Here's the link:
    AND, I am very excited about the re-opened museum in Exeter, I haven't been yet. I missed it when it was shut for so long. We have been to Spacex kids' activities for the last 3 years - have you tried them? I would recommend them. Hope you have a good weekend. x

  7. The sleeves look quite flattering, almost gossamer with the fabric that you picked out. Congratulations on sticking with this project despite the difficulties you encountered. I'm sure you learned a lot (including tenacity!) that will help you with future garments.

  8. I was just about to post my Taffy on Sew and Tell Saturday and I saw yours and I love it. I agree about the binding on the sleeves making them drape funny. The picture in the book looks like the sleeves are longer than in the finished blouse. Great work!

  9. thanks for the kind comments. Rachel this is a light light weight cotton! All the same I still like it, another note I missed when writing up was that I made it a size smaller so it was more fitted.
    I have been looking on flickr and there are some wonderful Taffy's out there. x x x

  10. Well, love it or hate it I think it turned out lovely! I totally took the easy way out and used quilting weight cotton. I really should have taken more time and tried to learn something about seam finishes and fabrics, but who has the time/patience for that? ;)

    I think you did and fantastic job and have a beautiful finished product to show for your struggles :)

  11. Such a pretty Taffy version! The fabric looks lovely!

  12. I love your wedges they are really nice....I know what you mean with the love , hate thing....but your blouse has turned out well, it looks good!