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Monday, August 08, 2011

Western Wear and a Banjo on my Knee

I'm trying to catch a Sew Weekly challenge at least once a month, but I usually have some other project that's taking all of my attention and focus.  When I saw this week's challenge was Western, I thought 'I could do that!' and instantly ran out to my local fabric store to pick up supplies.

I was hoping for a cute calico or paisley print, but in the end, I left with a gingham. Still cute, and gives me the Western feel that I was hoping for.  I also decided to try out one of the new Colette patterns that I had recently picked up - Violet - a cute, collared, blouse.

The expression on my face looks crazy. Sometimes I feel so un-photogenic.

I've gotten so comfortable with Colette patterns. They're so well written and constructed, and this one was no exception.  I think this was the last of the Colette patterns that I own that I had yet to try, so now I can start to go back and revisit some of my favorites, and see what's missing so I can complete my collection. 

I really enjoyed making this pattern and look forward to making another one, but next time in a cute, girly or lightweight fabric.  I've loved looking at everyone's variations to this pattern for inspiration.

Oh, and did I mentioned I've been learning to play the banjo?  I thought I'd add that to my photos to complete the look.  Now I can sit on my front porch in my new gingham blouse, and pluck at the strings to my banjo.

EDIT I keep forgetting to include the details of my garments! Here they are in a more organized fashion:

Fabric: Black and white gingham cotton.  Used about 2 3/8 yards as Sarai specified.
Pattern: Colette Violet, Version 1
Notions: 7 small black buttons. Accessorized with a banjo. ;)


  1. Very pretty. I love gingham.

  2. Anonymous1:22 PM

    Nice! I'd love to see this with a cuter sleeve-- maybe a short, angled, banded puff.


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