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The Linen Check McCall’s 7284 Blouse

Hi, Lori from Girls in the Garden here and I am happy to be sharing my second post for Minerva. It is still cold and winter like here but spring will be coming and I wanted to have a new top ready for when the temperatures rise.

What is a great fabric for spring and summer? Linen! I was immediately drawn to this checked linen, just my style.

This Linen Check Fabric with several shades of blue was perfect for spring sewing. If blue isn’t your favorite color, the linen comes in two other colorways.

I did not have a specific shirt in mind when I ordered my fabric but I did know I wanted a blouse. If I am unsure of a project, then I head to Pinterest for inspiration. I didn’t have any luck with Pinterest this time so I went to a favorite ready-to-wear site. Well, after looking at this site I was filled with inspiration and my Pinterest board is overflowing with ideas.

The idea I came away with was a blouse with a contrast yoke and embellishment. I had a bit of chambray leftover from another project and it looked great with this linen. The general idea was formed and I went with McCall’s 7284, a pattern I have made twice before.

The linen washed and dried beautifully and after pressing my yardage, I was ready to cut. One thing to note with this check, it is what I would consider an uneven plaid. The colors are in a pattern and you can see it in the back view

From my ready-to-wear inspiration, a trim was needed for my top and I found a perfect one. While working with the trim, the linen fabric and the chambray contrast, I decided the front yoke needed a bit more. Decorative stitches with an embroidery thread that matched one of the colors from the linen fabric was just what the yoke needed. I went with a couple of different stitches and with the trim worked perfectly with the linen.

To line up a stripe, plaid or other similar fabric, I like to use a line right at the bottom of the armscye for this line. Use it for the front, back and sleeve, which is easy for this fabric, several wonderful matching points. Here is how it lined up and it shows a great close up of the fabric

I love my new shirt so much and bring on the warm weather, this Minerva linen is so wonderful and I couldn’t be happier with my new shirt. Thanks for the gorgeous fabric, Minerva.

Here are a couple of detailed photos

Sometimes the fabric just needs to speak to you and this one really did, I love how it went together and all the elements which made for a fabulous new shirt.

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