Amanda vs Hummingbird Jasmine Blouse

Let’s be honest here, folks. It’s fairly common knowledge that I have a weakness for prints when it comes to fabric. 50s prints. Tiny prints. Scandinavian pony prints. Are they stylish? No. Are they practical? No. Do I still make things out of them and then struggle to wear them in public? Heck yes! And what I am about to show you is my latest addition to my crazy print family, the rarest of beasts… The bird print!

I would like to take a but a moment to point out that I really did enter Spotlight with the best of intentions. I was locked into grabbing a lovely Japanese lawn or voile to try making a Jasmine blouse with a drapey fabric. And I tried. Boy, did I try. I spent 20 minutes comparing virtues of one floral print to another and for the life of me, I just couldn’t do it. Don’t get me wrong- I love a good floral but I’m not quite sure I can pull one off. And there it was, stashed at the back, hiding in shame, my poor little bird print. And I had to give it a home.

So I had another bash at the Jasmine blouse, this time using the recommended type of fabric. What I ended up with a cute, flowy summery top. Pity it is a whole 10 degrees here today.

With this fabric the blouse drapes more softly and feels all swishy-swishy when I move.

One of my favourite features of this blouse are the little notched sleeves. They just look so darling. Gah! When did I start using the word darling? Oh, wait. When I saw these sleeves. Zing!

And I am so betting you are calling them darling too now! Now only if the weather would warm up or I sew something not made of cotton. It may be time to stash dive and see what I will make next!



  1. Oh my gosh! It’s such a darling print; nice work!
    I only discovered your blog the other day and it’s already costing me money- yesterday I dashed into spotty to find the little house print (I did – yay!) and now I want to go and find this one… can’t wait to see more of your garments.

  2. Thanks, Renae! I am such a sucker for crazy, fun prints 😀 I can’t wait to see what you do with the tiny houses. I am thinking the Violet blouse by Colette Patterns. And thank you 😀

  3. I’m the same… whales and kookaburras and hippos are the latest additions!
    I have to admit I went and sought out the tiny houses too. Now I need to decide what to do with it!

  4. Ellen- I have big news. The tiny houses are now in a ridiculously cute pink/blue/green colour combo! I may or may not have picked some up today. We can have print obsession pride together 😀

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