Sencha and Roses

I entered Britex with the intent of purchasing a neutral fabric to make a simple, versatile staple blouse. Instead, I walked away with this hot pink cotton lawn in a vintage floral pattern from Liberty. More frosting than cake,  I'm nonetheless quite happy with the way this Sencha blouse turned out.

I made a few modifications, including widening the neckline slightly and adding a pan collar using pieces of Colette's Violet pattern (the collar fabric is a black embroidered cotton by Nanette Lepore). I like the combo -- it's got a bit of Betsey Johnson going on.

This pattern was insanely easy to follow, and I'm happy to discover the joys of working with cotton lawn. Although delicate and lightweight with a silky feel, it has zero stretch. This made sewing the darts easy peasy and eliminated the possibility of any alignment disasters. That combined with non-zip closure (it buttons in the back) makes this a great pattern for beginning sewists.