Sunday, April 19, 2015

Bruyere Blouse and Briare Slip

I have accomplished some sewing towards my 'hot days' wardrobe, which is alarmingly scanty this year.

The blouse is the Bruyere by Deer and Doe. It is the first pattern i've used by this company and the fit is quite nice on my figure. I added 1" of length to the bodice and made no other changes. I like the fit, i like the design, i like the idea of drafting to remove the waistband and trying different hems, even lengthening the whole shebang into a dress. Not to mention the possibilities of sleeves! The Bruyere very well could end up a being a TNT for me ("tried and true" pattern). 

I chose a linen/rayon fabric and embellished it using the same Alabama Chanin inspired technique which i used on the Riding Peplum. For this blouse i used the Paisley stencil.

Underneath is my first go at a Tina Givens design, the freebee Briare slip. Many ladies have commented on the voluminous drafting on Tina Givens's patterns, and some have compensated for this in various ways (such as substituting another bodice like the Sorbetto as twotoast has done here). But i wanted to try something different, thus i made this one up as drafted in a very airy cotton voile.

The neckline and armholes both are nicely modest. I really love the huge sweep of the hem, and this slip works beautifully with a lot of pieces i already have in my wardrobe which surprised me. 

I am now on the lookout for fabric i can use to make up some more of Ms. Givens' designs as they are not only fun to sew and wear but also very practical for the hot days in this area. They do require a lot of fabric so i am glad i sewed up a freebee using less expensive material on my first go. I'll feel more confident shelling out some real dough next time.

Did i say this voile was very very sheer? It is indeed! I will need to wear a slip under this slip to wear it as a dress!

This winter has been nasty with various colds and flus around here. I got a bug about three weeks ago which devolved into a sinus infection...thankfully i'm on antibiotics which are helping. I appreciated the ease of construction of the Briare slip, as my mental capacity was and is on the low end due to all this infection and it was a treat to be able to do something besides moaning around the house.

For anyone interested in these lagenlook designs, head on over to Stitcher's Guild Forum and check out the Lagelook Sewalongs which Garden Girl (Rene) is hosting. I made the Briare Slip as part of one of these sewalongs, it is great motivation and the members a tremendous source of knowledge. 


  1. The Briare - How lovely! Fantastic on you. And I can just imagine how wonderful it is to wear. I like the Bruyere (adore your AC stitching technique), but passed on it because I don't like to wear collared tops. I know, it cries out for redrafts. I'll enjoy yours!

  2. You may be feeling stuffy in your head but you look totally fabulous in your beautiful hot weather clothes! I love that slip dress and I had never heard of it before! Thanks for the link to a free pattern. And. . . that blouse - in my opinion you look approximately 287.33 times better in it than the model on the pattern website! Your look is really excellent!!! xoxoxo

  3. Wow, so lovely! You really look fabulous in these pieces, Steph! I can see why they'll be used again. And the placement of the stencils is perfect. And the choice of fabric is so flattering. Just yummy.

  4. Mmmm, ruffles! Love them and love the way you combine them with just the right amount of quirk. And your accessories truly complement the ensemble, as usual. Bravo for combining all of these elements so successfully and with such a light touch!

    Off to check out that link to the Lagenlook sewalong....