I wore a new blouse to the meet up. I wear a lot of blouses and decided recently to update my wardrobe with a couple of new ones. While browsing the blouses on high end Internet shops, I was attracted to loose fitting tunics, in large scale print fabrics, with contrasting plackets and collars.
|Inspiration - Tinley blouse|
Vogue pattern 1323, a Rachel Comey design, had similar style details.
The butterfly prints remind me of an amazing incident that happened 20 years ago. DH and I were staying at a Bed and Breakfast in Berlin, MD. There were fig trees, the 4 ft tall variety, growing along the side of the B&B. As we came back from our afternoon walk, we saw the trees were covered with hundreds of dark blue iridescent butterflies feasting on the overripe fruit, their wings slowly moving in the sunlight. It was a magical sight. I wish I had had a camera.When I saw a 1.8 yard length of silk butterfly print for sale at a very reasonable price on Etsy.com, I hit the "buy now" button.
Construction details - I lengthened the shirt by three inches. The original length was a bit short for me. I narrowed the shoulders about half an inch and took the side seams in about an inch. Normal changes for me with unfitted garment styles. While I like tunic styles, they can easily overwhelm my body shape if they have too much ease. The placket collar and cuff in black fabric give the eye somewhere to focus/rest on when looking at the very busy print.
|Vogue 1323 in butterfly print silk|
It is a fun top to wear and I get lots of comments and smiles on the butterflies.