A blouse; Italian cotton

Recently, I was given an opportunity to work with Thomas Mason Italian cotton. I created a blouse for the very warm Minnesota summer days, when it becomes hot and humid, usually by July or August.

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This is a variation of Connie Crawford’s Butterick B5365, but sleeveless. I used Claire Shaeffer’s techniques for hand binding the arm openings. I also hand rolled the edge of the interfacing, which gave it a very neat appearance.

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For the fun of it, I also edged the interfacing with a little machine embroidery. It’s a lovely cloth. I’m ready for the heat wave.

The snow has been melting quickly here. We’re glad to have few cold days between the warm ones, though, as a fast warm-up could be quite messy, given the amount of snow we’ve received here. Ben (age 2.5) has been visiting his horse daily, thinking about the fact that it’s still frozen in.


It won’t be long before it’s all melted and very warm outside.


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