FO: La Faisane / Paysanne d’Airelle

J’ai fini coudre la blouse Airelle.

Le tissu est imprime avec les faisans et je suis une paysanne.  Je ne peux pas resister a jouer avec les mots!

I finished sewing my Airelle Blouse.
The fabric is printed with pheasants and I am a peasant.  I cannot resist playing with words!
The Airelle is very versatile and can be worn in many ways:

 Innocent log-gathering style.
 Cheeky leaf-kicking style.
 Suitable-for-the-office style.

PatternDeer & Doe Blouse Airelle , size 36
Fabric:  Vintage Viyella wool / cotton mix, 1 metre of pheasant print, 80cm of navy / white pin dot, both from the same seller on ebay.  Total cost = £12.65
Other: Interfacing for collar and cuffs, thread – all from stash.

Absolutely straightforward. 
I cut out the size I thought would fit and it does.  It is possibly a little wide across the front neck, but I like it.  There is no strap-exposure, which would be the only worry.
I used pheasant-print for the body and cuffs and dot-print for the sleeves and collar.  This was the only combination I could make work with the available fabric.
There was no instruction to gather the sleeve-tops but I found it necessary to make them fit.
And I decided to sandwich the sleeve edges into the cuffs rather than leaving a visible seam.
Other than that?  Sewn as written.


I really like it!
I was slightly worried that the print was too “hunting, shooting, fishing” and I kept wondering if my remnant fabrics had another life as a pair of Hooray Hamish’s pyjamas.
So I decided to try out a few different outfits.  I like it best with the shorts and a narrow belt.
And it works well with the gold cord skirt too.  They balance each other well.
But the tweedy skirt may be too conservative.  I am straying into Royal Deeside with that look.
I am a Donside girl!
(For those who don’t know, Aberdeen is built between two rivers:  the Dee and the Don.  The Dee to the South is where the Queen lives.  The Don to the North is where I live.  I am a peasant.)