I warned you I planned to make more Datura blouses. I wasn't messing around. I have a few more envisioned in my mind's eye, but I think I'll switch gears temporarily and give a few other summer blouse patterns a try before I revisit this one again. This particular version turned out a bit more... risque than I originally anticipated. After I finished it, I was nervous that I might be too old and/or bashful to pull it off.
I scored a wonderful piece of embroidered chambray at an estate sale, and I couldn't wait to use it. My initial thought was to pair it with some leftover eyelet I'd used recently. But, I didn't have adequate yardage. I've seen lace paneled shirts walking around downtown all summer, so I searched my stash for a piece that would work well with the chambray, and a new idea formed. Chambray and lace. Something about the combination SCREAMS 1990's to me... Probably because the 90s was the last time I can remember wearing them together. But, it's working for me in a nostalgic, throwback kind of way.
I sewed this version exactly as I sewed my first Datura, skipping the front facing and using French seams throughout. My second attempt went together even quicker than the first, which makes it doubly difficult not to continue returning to this pattern repeatedly.
I took this blouse with me to Wyoming for a weekend get away with my substitute photographer/sister. We had a very important first birthday to attend. Gosh, time flies.
And there you have it. My wild shirt, in the wild West. Oh, just in case you were wondering, This blouse was tamed with the assistance of my favorite "go-braless" tool.