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.

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

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