Indigo Window Crystal Roxanne Blouse
Posted in Projects on Friday the 7th June 2019 by Vicki Ormerod
Do you love indigo tie dye fabrics? They seem to be everywhere from ready to wear to home furnishing these days and I'm definitely drawn to them. Some day when I have the time and space, I would love to try my hands at the art of natural indigo dyeing. Before that day comes though, I simply can't pass any beautifully designed indigo prints, especially those inspired by the Japanese Shibori style.
One of my all time favorite indigo print is the Indigo Window Crystal pattern in this Art Gallery Cotton Lawn Fabric
. The collection is all about "looking both outward and inward. Discovering patterns and textures observed but also about the observer within each of us". Which I found fascinating and befitting for this delicate cotton lawn/voile with a large scale geometric design that reminds one of glass windows, mirrors and reflections.
The various shades of blue are striking against the ivory white background. The Art Gallery cotton lawn/voile substrate is of the highest quality and amazingly silky and airy. I don’t think ‘dreamy’ adequately describes this fabric - I would say it’s almost ethereal!
To best show off the beauty of the print, I wanted a pattern with simple elegant lines and minimal seams, but still has interesting design details. I know I can always count on Victory patterns
to do simple elegance - their Roxanne Blouse Pattern
is just the perfect match, with its floating a-line shape and sleeveless option.
Like all Victory Patterns, the Roxanne blouse has a clean modern Silhouette that is simple at first glance. But as you start looking into the details there’s an abundance of sophisticated drafting and design elements. For me the star of the Roxanne is the floating high low hem and the pleated collar of view B. I mean Just. Take. A. Look — have you ever seen a collar more fabulous than this triple pleated beauty?
Pattern placement and matching is key in working with a large scale print. The indigo window crystal pattern has alternating lines of dark and light diamond patterns running selvage to selvage. I envisioned the lines to go vertically down the blouse so I cut the pattern pieces cross grain. This allowed me to put the dark indigo diamonds right in the center front. To accentuate the pleated collars, I placed the upper collar pieces on the lighter sections and the under collar pieces on the darker. There small details may be ones that only I will notice but they are what makes me smile when I wear my handmade garments.
I just adore the fit of my Roxanne! The neckline and armscyes are perfectly drafted to hug the body with just the right amount, with not even a hint of gaping that often happens with woven tanks. How does Kristiann at Victory Patterns do this without even a bust dart?! Pattern magic.
The cotton lawn/voile is light as air but does have more structure than say a drapey rayon. To tone down the volume of the floating a-line shape, I did reduce each of the six back darts by about 1 inch and then smoothed out the hemline accordingly. Also per my usual adjustment for petite frame (158cm), I shorted the overall hemline by a few inches without changing the high low hem structure.
I can see my indigo print Roxanne blouse being styled in so many ways all year around. It pairs perfectly with skinny jeans and layering cardigan for Spring but I think it would really shine with summer shorts. I paired it here with my Ready To Sew Jumpy
shorts in Robert Kaufman Linen Chambray Denim
with a half front tuck. Can you see the Jumpy shorts even features the indigo window crystal on its front bow? Aren’t these two pieces made for each other?
Any that’s why we sew our own clothes, right? ;-)
Until next time,