Sewing Project: Cream and Stripe Sencha Blouse

I’m so excited to share my completed Sencha blouse today! It’s the second Colette pattern I’ve made and the first of the pile of patterns I ordered a few weeks ago. I’m really happy with how it turned out!

I chose to use bias tape on the top edges in leiu of the facing. I made this stripy black and white bias tape using this method. It’s the second time I’ve made my own bias tape and I think I’m officially addicted. It looks so cute to use bias tape in a fun color or pattern, instead of settling on the boring solid-color selection available at the fabric stores! I also lengthened my blouse by about an inch and a half and I brought out the sides a tad so they wouldn’t be tight on my hips (but I don’t think I needed to worry about that!).

I finished the bottom hem with the bias tape as well for a little extra pizazz.

My main fabric is a silk-like synthetic (I’m not sure which kind) that I actually bought in Tonga a couple of years ago, believe it or not! I made my Navy Pintuck Dress in the same fabric and I liked the texture of it so much that I brought some back with me. I think this was the perfect project to finally use it on. The color is a cream that verges on a really light pink and it has a really subtle square pattern woven in. It got pretty stringy on the cut edges and my new serger came in really handy to finish the edges. Well done on your first project, Babylock!

Here it is paired with my black circle skirt and my beloved new Swedish Hasbeens. I really like the way it looks tucked in!

I used some black vintage buttons I had in my stash. You can see in the picture below that the buttons only go part of the way down the back so the bottom gapes open a bit in the back. It’s part of the pattern but I think I’d like mine to close all the way down. I don’t have any more of these buttons so I’m considering adding some snaps to keep it shut.

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Thanks for checking out my post! Have any of you made the Sencha blouse? What did you think?

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PS: Thank you Erin for helping me with the pictures!