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Spring Palette Challenge Week Four!

Can you believe we’re already heading into week four of the Spring Palette Challenge? Yeesh. No need to feel you’re behind, though. After all, we’ve only had one week of sewing so far.

So here’s my blouse! It’s juuuust about done. After my button conundrum last week, I finally found what I think will be the right buttons. Those of you who follow me on twitter already saw my happiness at discovering this awesome button shop in Israel. I ended up buying a few different options for just a few dollars, including 100 (yes, one hundred) tiny glass pearl buttons!

I think this might be my new go-to blouse. It has it all: a comfortable loose fit that’s still flattering, really simple construction, an adorable collar. But the best part is that it really lends itself to variations. I can’t wait to do one in swiss dot with a vintage lace insertion! I don’t feel funny bragging about how awesome this pattern is because Caitlin did most of the work on it.

I decided to use French seams for the construction, which makes it just as pretty on the inside as outside. Don’t you love that? I also used silk organza for the interfacing, which is just perfect.

I’ll get some photos actually wearing it once the buttons arrive and are attached. In the meantime, I’m on to the next project. I’m thinking the eyelet dress from my plan, since I might be able to wear that sooner than shorts?

How are you guys doing? Be sure to post your progress in the forum thread!

Sarai Mitnick


Sarai started Colette back in 2009. She believes the primary role of a business should be to help people. She loves good books, sewing with wool, her charming cats, working in her garden, and eating salsa.



February 10, 2011 #

Adore this blouse! Is this available as a pattern?


February 11, 2011 #

Not yet! This is a sneaky little preview, I guess. It’s in the testing stage right now, and should be available in late March or April!

Judy Roberson

March 6, 2011 #

I am anxiously awaiting the peter pan collar blouse pattern to come out.. End of March or First of April….seems so FAR away.ha. My anniversary is April 1.. so maybe this will be a cute ‘give myself present”.lol
thankyou so much for doing these wonderful patterns. I finished my crepe dress.I love it.[I am working on some fit issues.. I went a little bigger than I actually needed and think I need to cut down bodice a little] anyway..Just wanted to say .. thankyou.


February 10, 2011 #

it’s beautiful! anything yellow always looks so fresh and spring like!


February 10, 2011 #

I would totally buy that as a pattern. Gorgeous.


February 12, 2011 #

It’s fantastic, I’d buy the pattern in a heartbeat!


February 10, 2011 #

This is exactly the kind of blouse I want to make for spring! It is adorable.


February 10, 2011 #

I love this! Please share this pattern!

Mary Danielson

February 10, 2011 #

Sarai, this is absolutely beautiful! What a sunny, perfect blouse for Spring. I may have to go hunt down some peter pan collar blouse patterns now…


February 10, 2011 #

This is the blouse pattern I sketched yesterday almost EXACTLY! I can’t wait ’til it’s on the market!!!! aaaargh! It’s absolutely lovely.


February 10, 2011 #

beautiful! i like it very much.

i also started sewing yesterday – it’s so exciting! yay!


February 11, 2011 #

Oh, it’s lovely! I can’t wait to see what it looks like on, I’m sure it looks fab!


February 11, 2011 #

I think it looks better on me than on the dress form actually, which is nice!


February 11, 2011 #

Beautiful blouse – can’t wait to see the finished version with the buttons on.

Carlotta Stermaria

February 11, 2011 #

How pretty! I think I’ll switch my current blouse project (having to match plaid with princess seams doesn’t seem like a very good idea) with a sleeker, simpler one like yours…

Thank you for the button shop! I just made myself a present to celebrate the achievement of my first spring palette project ; I’ll post it on theforum as soon as I can take pictures.


February 11, 2011 #

Will this be one of your new patterns for sale? It is adorable – I want one!


February 11, 2011 #

so pretty! I love the soft looking fabric and the cute shape – very delicate and spring like. It reminds me of daffodils!


February 11, 2011 #

I love love love this, it’s so beautiful and simple and cute but also chic! Please publish this pattern, it’s gorgeous! I can’t wait to see the buttons!


February 11, 2011 #

Can’t wait for this pattern!!


February 11, 2011 #

This blouse is so pretty. I hope there will be a pattern available to purchase soon? I’ve looked for similar patterns on etsy but they aren’t as cute. I like the simplicity of this blouse. It seems timeless. I would always love this.


February 24, 2011 #

Ooh, ooh, ooh that’s my PERFECT blouse. I love it and will be eagerly awaiting the pattern. x


February 26, 2011 #

This is so sweet! I would love to purchase this pattern when it comes available. Thanks for sharing a sneak peak!


June 15, 2011 #

So funny that I’m going to make this pattern in opposite colours. The fabric I’ve chosen is ecru white with little yellow polkadots. :) I’m so looking forward to making this blouse.