This is a blouse design that came to me while I was walking to work. I think my mind works the best when I am walking, I usually get tons of new ideas. Biking is not nearly as good for my thought processes unfortunately, which is how I get to work on most days. I bought this wonderful soft high quality tencel fabric, that I wasn't sure what to with. It is light and and has a fantastic drape, but I don't really do much draped styles. And soft drapey knits ar often hard to work with, in terms of construction. So I was a bit lost on what to do until I thought about combining it with this burnt out poplin, I just love the floral pattern and I have this fabric in white too. As for the tencel it is basically a rayon that is made in a more environmentally sound way and the waste products are recycled. This fabric is also called lyocell sometimes.
The neck and keyhole opening is constructed with ready made knit bias tape, I am seriously addicted to this stuff. I got knit bias tape in several different colors and use them for all kinds of projects.
I hemmed the sleeves using machine blind hem stitches to create a scallop effect. I had to experiment with the settings quite a a bit before I got it right.