Last fall, Ann mentioned that she wanted to make a garment using various printed fabrics.
I loved the idea and thought a blouse would be a great addition to her wardrobe using multiple prints. Print mixing would also add a lot of visual interest to solid color garments in Ann’s wardrobe.
A picture is worth a thousand words especially when you are combining prints. I had certain fabrics in mind that would work with Ann’s wardrobe. Serendipity stepped in and I found a blouse similar to the prints that I had in mind! Tip: If you are considering combining prints, start with a mood board for inspiration.
I selected 2 prints with black as the common color. And I love geometric prints mixed with florals. I didn’t know that Ann wasn’t partial to polka dots but I’m glad she trusted me. I love how the inspiration blouse used a solid placket, collar, and cuffs so those elements were included in the final design. See all the fabric and notions here.
Ann used Vogue 8772, a pattern that had been previously fitted by Andrea of Sew to Fit.
Because Ann needed to splice the pattern to insert the floral print, a muslin was necessary to check proportions.
The finished measurements for the floral band is 1-1/2″ wide and the black silk placket is 1-1/4″ wide. Once the dimensions for the bands were decided, the blouse was sewn following the pattern instructions. (You can watch Ann sew the cuffs here)
Ann did a great job with pattern placement!
The last decision was buttons. Because the collar and cuffs are white I felt they looked almost like an “island” against all of the black. The black buttons on the white pulled everything together!
Have you tried print mixing? Will you make a garment mixing prints for spring? Let me know in the comments!
And as Ann always says, “I hope you get inspired to create something EXTRAordinary.” 😉
Next up, a lace trench coat…..