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Florence with a Festive Twist!

Florence BlouseHave you been checking out the amazing blog tour that Olu from Needle and Ted is hosting? She rounded up a bunch of bloggers to sew up the Florence Blouse by MadeIt Patterns, but to give it our own festive twist! So far, the results have been absolutely stunning. 

I’m here with my take on a classic pattern – a slightly fitted, princess-seamed blouse. What better way to make it festive than to play up the princess side, eh? I used a gray and white striped shirting for my Florence blouse (yes, the same stuff I used on this bag!). 

Florence Blouse

And, as you can see, I added some big bows! The blouse has the options of a beautiful waterfall ruffle down the front (which I was thisclose to doing) and a bow tie finish. I was going to just extend the collar stand to form the bow ties, but then I couldn’t make up my mind between the navy and pale blue, so I just made them separate ties. Also, I thought I had a brilliant idea of just adding snaps to the ties to snap right into the top snap on the blouse (What? I used snaps. Like I’d use buttons.) and then it would be a cinch to change them out! Well, that was a fail. So these are pinned on. I might have to rethink and tweak the snap-on idea though, because I think I could make it work. 

Florence Blouse

This blouse has a classic forward shoulder seam and a back yoke, but with a v shape, which I LOVE. I chose to run my fabric opposite of the suggested grainline on the yoke to give it a bit of contrast. I also made my cuffs a little narrower and closed them with….snaps…aren’t you glad I didn’t say buttons? Haha! I’m beginning to think of knock-knock jokes about snaps now! Olu, I’m on a roll!

Florence Blouse

I love how the pale blue (a lovely Kona Solid) makes this outfit look so wintery! It’s full-fledged winter here right now, but I wasn’t about to subject J to that yucky stuff, so we had to bring the sparkle of winter inside! The skirt is self-drafted (polka-dot tulle from Ikea and a knit waistband) and then I made a little sparkly belt to tie it all together. My first thought when I saw the Florence pattern was to make it into a dress, but then I thought it might get more use this winter as a separate. The dressy skirt and blouse is festive, but can be dressed down without a problem…I’m thinking that fur vest…

Florence Blouse

Florence BlouseSo there you go! A festive outfit that will be wearable all winter…and probably into spring! Anna from MadeIt Patterns is offering you a 20% off ALL of her patterns (found here) with the code “Tour20” until Saturday the 20th at 7pm EST. If you happen to whip up a Florence in time for Christmas, post it over on the MadeIt Patterns Facebook page by the end of January 2015 for a chance to win a pattern of your choice!

Florence Blouse

Florence Blouse

Olu is having a bit of a competition over on her blog, so if you’d like to head on over there and leave a comment with your favourite Florence interpretation, that would be dandy!

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Happy Sewing!

*this pattern was provided to me at no charge, but the opinions are entirely my own!

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