“I like this blouse, but…” Day Twenty-Nine

Here’s a piece of clothing you haven’t seen yet this month! Not because it’s new, but because I forgot about it. And after wearing it all day, I remember why it gets pushed to the back of my closet.

What I’m Wearing, Day 29:

  • Self-Stitched Blouse: Simplicity 2807 in floral polyester
  • Skirt: Plum, Christmas 2007
  • Shoes: Ellen Tracy, purchased from Winners last fall

(You can’t see this blouse in more outfits, since I haven’t worn it at all this month!)

Now before you jump in and defend the blouse, let me tell you what I like and don’t like about it…


  • The print, it’s the number one reason why I bought the fabric! I love the floral, viney print.
  • The colour combination: raspberry, navy, turquoise and yellowy green. Pretty! It’s feminine without being obvious.


  • The polyesterness. It’s either too cold when it’s cold, or hot and sweaty when it’s hot. There’s no happy middle ground with this blouse!
  • The styling. I feel a bit conservative and not modern at all in it. I think it’s the pouf at the shoulder combined with the pouf at the cuff, and the bow belt. Too floppy, resulting in floppy, floral polyester. It’s not my most ‘me’ item in my closet.
  • The loose fit. My top half is my small half! And yet it looks swamped in sleeve and pouf and floral-print. I picked a photo with my hand on my hip just so you can see the space between my body and my arms. Otherwise, it’s one large box of floral on top of my skirt. With a band of sag around the waistline.

Today I went to work, ran errands, and went to a fashion show. Not my most fashion-show-worthy outfit! Ah well. It was clean, and it was self-stitched, so I threw it on. And all day I wished I was wearing something else..

Don’t get me wrong, I like the idea of this blouse. I loved the fabric, and I knew that I wanted the fabric to be a blouse. It’s just when it all came together, somehow it wasn’t quite the elegant, drapey blouse in my mind. Paired with the pencil skirt, I feel older than my age. Yikes! I tried to make the look more fun and sexy with the fishnets but I think it went even further into the frump category. (Too bad I didn’t wait – this fabric would have made a pretty Pendrell blouse!)

You know, the last time I pulled out this blouse was Me-Made-May – and only to fill in the holes in my self-stitched wardrobe, not because of a burning desire to wear it! So even though it’s well-made, and doesn’t have anything glaringly wrong with it, I think it’s going out in the next wardrobe purge.

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11 Responses to “I like this blouse, but…” Day Twenty-Nine

  1. Tanit-Isis September 30, 2010 at 7:21 am #

    I can see what you liked about the print and the colours, but I think you’re right about this one. It doesn’t look awful—I’m sure no one at the fashion-show blinked twice ;)—but it’s not amazing. It would’ve made a great Pendrell! (I don’t suppose you could do a re-fashion? ;). I’m not sure who this kind of blouse is suited to—on me it would just look like a garish box. Maybe ladies with plenty of top-half curves?

  2. Nancy September 30, 2010 at 8:05 am #

    Tear it up and make it a pendrell!

    I totally feel your pain with polyester. Ick. I need to BREATH when I’m wearing something. 100% natural fibers for me please, but I will occasionally put up with nylon… sometimes.

  3. Stefani Sarah September 30, 2010 at 8:35 am #

    Firstly, I am no expert whatsoever but I love to sew my own shirts because they are the most wearable items in my wardrobe. I’m looking for the right shirt pattern for me and sometimes end up with so-so shirts. Secondly, IMHO the shoulders your shirts are too wide. However, this is hypothetical. Care to fix them? I’m curious… Also, I don’t like the way your collar “falls/lays”. Don’t get me wrong, my self-made shirts always has similar collar, which I hate. Why do you think it is? Is it bad interfacing? Or wrong position of buttons? Curious, curious…

  4. Celkalee September 30, 2010 at 8:47 am #

    Here’s my 2 cents for what it is worth…fabric is lovely, and you’re right the “idea” of this pattern is good, but for a young, small figure the style could use a little tweak. Looks a little of what I term “office-drone.” A refashion of the existing pattern is a possibility: One tidbit I have learned over the years, do not mess with a shoulder that fits. Therefore, shorten sleeve to 3/4 length with a notch vent and taper from the underarm seam down? Open up side seams, add a nice little waist curve? Shorten to high hip length, use a facing for the hem, possible side or single vent at center front? Or just take that baby apart and recut the whole thing in to a little cami that can shine with something else???? Let us know what you decide to do, I would be torn giving away that fabric.

  5. frk.bustad September 30, 2010 at 9:09 am #

    Give it away! Those days you only wish you’d worn something else are very distracting, and you will certainly get another one if you keep the blouse (unless you’re being pre cautious and read your post over again)…
    It is a nice blouse though, but I know that feeling too well, when there’s just something wrong…

    Of course, if you can be bothered to reshape it, you should! Shorten the sleeves and make it more fitted?

  6. Maureen September 30, 2010 at 9:22 am #

    Love the pattern of the fabric and the colours, but I don’t like what the style does to you.
    Hang on – today’s the last day of September!

  7. Sofia September 30, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    Donate it to ME! I love it and will trade it for something fabulous, perhaps a blouse I own and don’t wear? Also, I think if your skirt was RED, it would be much more awesome and less un-fashioney, even though I don’t think it’s that bad at all. I think it’s the business-like pinstripe of the skirt that makes it less fun. Yes?

  8. ~Sherry~ September 30, 2010 at 12:47 pm #

    I’ve just noticed there is a question mark on the front of this blouse – literally! (in turquoise on the L front in case you can’t spot it easily!).
    I’ve had garments where I feel the same – sometimes a bit of added quirkiness or edge helps, sometimes not! You could try it with high-waisted trousers, unbutton and tie it with a leather skirt and boots…
    Or maybe it is the polyester content that is the real problem, in which case somone else will be sure to love it!

  9. B @ Sweet Limes September 30, 2010 at 4:05 pm #

    Gorgeous print, I wish I had something that lively in my boring solid wardrobe. I’ve sworn I’m going to have more prints in it, but so far they are still so few and far between. The colours look great on you though.

  10. Heather September 30, 2010 at 7:26 pm #

    Well, I think the outfit is cute; I think the shoes take it funkier than wearing plain pumps. I see your points about the blouse (especially not liking the fabric content–fabric feel is the big thing for me), but I still think you look more original than a lot of folks I see out there. BUT, if you don’t like the blouse, I say re-fashion it or give it away. LOVE the colors and design/pattern.

  11. Funnygrrl September 30, 2010 at 8:51 pm #

    I’m not a fan of loose belts on me. I like structure at my waist. That being said, if you don’t love it, don’t keep it.
    Love the skirt. Pinstripes and florals are my fave look.
    Great looks this month! Thanks!