A Blouse Perhaps

quilts, Wagon’s West (dresden plates)

I usually do not make blouses, shirts whatever, I am not very good at those, but I see this fabric that I got for a very, very good sale some years back just sitting on the shelf and then I see a nice sleeveless pullover tank/tunic style shirt in a catalog and think “can I make this” it wouldn’t be a big waste of money if it didn’t turn out because I could then cut it up into patchwork – right LOL – first I will look today to see if I can find a pattern something like it today before I see if I can just start to cut – wish me luck!  I don’t do buttonholes – never turn out – this has to be a pull over the head style!  Obviously from the photo I would need to make the neckline wider front and back to have it pull over the head.  This is just cotton fabric not a knit.  I have made clothes in the past just not much in recent years.  I need a really simple pattern.


Progress the last several nights on Wagon’s West – when I roll it down and start on the next area up to the sashing it will be just about to the half way on this quilt – the sashing at the top of this row of blocks is the half way!!  I am linking to Bit’s n Bobs today a link from the other side of the world.  Also linking to MCM#26 and to Em’s Scrapbag .  Here is another link up that some of you might like Podunk Pretties and Love Laugh Quilt and Patchwork Times and Tweety Loves Quilting (a totally new to me blog).  You might wonder why all the link ups – I like linking up – you can find more blogs to read that might be of interest to you and also new readers find you.


This is the area to be worked on last night before I sat down to quilt.


A stack of half square triangles to be pressed and squared up today for Butterfly Parade.


The Sale on Kits and Supplies  includes Fabric, Notions, Batting – great savings,  continues today and tomorrow 28th at Craftsy thank you to any who have ordered from my links – I appreciate it.


(I am compensated for any purchases made through my links.)

19 comments… add one
  • Barbara Jun 27, 2016

    I made a tank top and ordered the pattern off the internet. It is a Grainline Studio pattern that can be either a tank top or a dress. It’s called Willow Tank and Dress. Whatever pattern you purchase, always check that the depth of the neckline is to your liking. Looking forward to seeing your creation!

  • Doreen Jun 27, 2016

    Love that blouse/top idea and the fabric is a perfect choice. I’m always saying that I need a nice summery blouse but going to the store to shop is a time waster. Even if the $$ is not much, the quality/style is never acceptable or “I can make that” rings in my head. But……do I make it???? NOPE! sigh…………………… Following your “progress”…..
    Doreen recently posted…Design Wall Monday………………….My Profile

  • Kathy Jun 27, 2016

    I used to do a good bit of garment sewing, but the last time I tried, it wasn’t pretty. I’ve gotten so used to piecing for quilts. Do you think you could tackle a zipper in the back?
    Kathy recently posted…Back to NormalMy Profile

  • Sandra B Jun 27, 2016

    Years ago, I also did some garment sewing….then I discovered that quilting was a lot more fun….
    I really like that red fabric….hope you will be able to find a pattern that will work out for you….looking forward to hearing more!!

  • Mary Jun 27, 2016

    That is very pretty fabric for a blouse. I have never finished making any piece of clothing although I did take a class years ago. I tried making a pants suit which was way too ambitious for a first time garment.

  • Alida Jun 27, 2016

    Your quilting is beautiful! I think I will use a similar motif in one of my current projects, I am always looking for simple but effective quilting motifs! Thanks for sharing!!

  • CathieJ Jun 27, 2016

    That fabric will make a pretty blouse. I haven’t made any clothes since my children were little. Sometimes I get the itch, but it usually passes…LOL. Your quilting on Wagon Wheels is very pretty.
    CathieJ recently posted…Window washingMy Profile

  • glen in louisiana Jun 27, 2016

    gave up garment sewing…….hate it! nothing ever fits. My mother and grandmother were did couture sewing in New Orleans for the rich Mardi Gras Krewes. You would think I would be better at it.
    glen in louisiana recently posted…Wasting Precious Quilt TimeMy Profile

  • Kris S Jun 27, 2016

    I just popped over from Podunk Pretties because I love your Wagon Wheels. I like to make Dresdens and I have been wanting to make the swirly ones for quite awhile. I have the pattern, just need to filter it to the top of my to do list one of these days. Lovely quilting.

  • Charlotte Jun 27, 2016

    With three little girls, I did a lot of sewing, thirty years or so ago. I think the last thing I “started” for myself was a blouse that never got past the buttonhole stage. I’d rather make aprons, piece quilt blocks or make dresses for my American Girl doll.

    I really like the Wagon Wheel quilt!

  • Janice Holton Jun 27, 2016

    I’ve never made any clothing since high school home ec, but how funny we were thinking the same thing today! I was actually looking at boatneck type patterns. Don’t know how those would work on me but they’d look really cut eon my daughter, I think.
    Janice Holton recently posted…Story of a QuiltmakerMy Profile

  • Rebecca Grace Jun 27, 2016

    Your Wagon’s West is gorgeous, Karen! I notice that you seem to be marking the crosshatched grid as you go along. How do you keep your lines straight and parallel to one another across the whole quilt top? Did you make any markings at all before you loaded the quilt onto your frame?
    Rebecca Grace recently posted…Farmer’s Wife 1930s Block 4, “Ann the Cat Burglar”My Profile

  • Kathi Jun 27, 2016

    I love that fabric you have been saving for something.. I think you should be able to find an easy blouse /top pattern… have you checked Craftsy?? Do they have clothing patterns too??
    I just love your Wagon’s West.. I am glad you are happy with your progress… but I will be sad to see it done ! It is a very cool quit for sure!!!
    Enjoy making your Butterfly Parade blocks… how big do you plan this one to be?? Kathi
    Kathi recently posted…A Busy but FUN Stay-cation 🙂My Profile

  • Cath Jun 27, 2016

    I have the exact ideas and experience when it comes to sewing clothes! rather stick to making quilts and boy I love your wagon wheels….how beautiful! thanks for linking up to DBM at Bits ‘n Bobs….it was a pleasure to come over for a visit 🙂
    Cath recently posted…Design Board Monday # 37- Mid Winter GatheringMy Profile

  • Heather Jun 27, 2016

    daughter has me sewing for her this summer. I haven’t made clothing since they were small. So far we’ve made a pencil skirt and almost finished a sundress. She has several more patterns and fabrics picked out. I’m even going to make a blouse for myself since you can now get patterns with alternate pieces for larger size busts.
    Heather recently posted…A Robot in the Garden by Deborah InstallMy Profile

  • Kaholly Jun 27, 2016

    I haven’t made garments in years and years! I am blown away with how beautiful your wagon wheels are turning out. You’ve got the gift! XO
    Kaholly recently posted…June OMG AccomplishedMy Profile

  • Marianne Jun 28, 2016

    I used to sew all my own clothes until I got hooked on quilting! That was when my son was really little. A few years ago, I had the same thought about trying to make a top. Then I got intimidated by the pattern which had facings around the neck and armholes. It just seemed like too much work. I do think about it periodically, though, because batiks are just so pretty. Will be curious to see what you come up with.

    The Wagon Wheels are coming along great! I have been doing mostly applique since Mom and my sister have been here, but they leave today. So I’ll be back at my machine tomorrow. I do miss it although it’s been great having them here.

  • LisaS Jun 29, 2016

    I love how the quilting is looking on Wagons West. It’s also fun to see your Handful of Scraps from a distance on the design wall. I got to meet Edyta Sitar this weekend in Shipshewana. She’s quite funny and I love listening to her accent! Her quilts, in person, are amazing!!

  • Beth Jun 29, 2016

    I’ve been considering making an easy pullover top too….I’m looking forward to seeing what you create! You are making wonderful progress on the wagon wheel quilt. I love that crosshatch design you are doing in the background. It will be stunning! Thank you for linking up to MCM!
    Beth recently posted…MCM #26 – I Finally Organized my StashMy Profile

Leave a Comment

CommentLuv badge