Two Tone Datura Blouse

Deer and Doe Datura Blouse Front

So many of you loved my original Deer & Doe Datura; I had some incredibly kind comments. When I was looking at buying the pattern last Summer, I’d seen a version with a black collar and yoke section and contrast bottom piece so it was always at the back of my mind that I wanted to put my own take on this. I found some beautiful art deco style cotton lawn from Minerva Crafts, and decided to buy a metre! Cotton lawn is so soft, and lovely and cool for my Summer wardrobe.

I feel I did a much better job constructing this Datura; maybe it was using cotton rather than the dimpled white jersey of the last yoke (I certainly found stitching in the ditch a lot easier to ease down the lining…and it seems to sit better)? Maybe it was not mixing my fabrics (although I still love wearing my version 1 – I’ve no regrets whatsoever with my fabric choices)? Maybe I was simply more familiar with the pattern and it seemed to flow better for me? In any case, it was a dream to sew.

Some of you will have seen my post about making matching bias binding, rather than buying it to use. Having tried this with the original Datura, I’ve got to say I’m converted. It wouldn’t have looked half as good trying to colour match, so I’m glad I used my off cuts to make my own. It was all down to the Clover bias maker. I’d seen on Instagram that it was the best to use so I promptly ordered one from an American seller on Ebay – it was worth the wait (I know, I know, you can get them in the UK…I love Ebay!) For this Datura, I was torn between making my bias from the Art Deco fabric or to contrast and use the black. I eventually plumped for the black, which worked really well (I also have some left over for other projects…result!)

Deer and Doe Datura Blouse

The only thing I don’t like about the Datura is that I can’t wear it with my work trousers – it feels a bit voluminous and doesn’t give me the hourglass shape I like. I think I might have to make another pair of Ultimate Trousers as they seem to go very well with a skinny leg trouser or jeans, however I’ve tried it tucked into my pencil skirt and it looks really cute with the Peter Pan collar so I think I’ll pair it with skirts for work and jeans for at home/going out.

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