This Sewing Workshop pattern came out several years ago. It's a two-fer, as it contains two very different blouse patterns. I made the companion piece, the Cortona, last year. Now I have finally made the Siena:
The Siena has a vintage bowling alley feeling, I think. And it is a great canvas for striped fabric. This fabric is from Marcia Derse's commercially printed lines. It is called ice blue frost, from her Bookends series. It is a light-weight cotton border print and reads as a kind-of stripe. The selvage contains a wide painterly stripe of medium and dark blue. I used that for the front panel and the back yoke.
I am totally enamored of her prints. If you are interested in her, see her story here. It almost makes me want to run dye some fabric. Almost. I'd much rather sew and let people like Marcia do the dyeing.
The Siena is a great summer top. I shortened mine about 1.5 inches for a more flattering length on me. And I've seen it lengthened into a long winter vest. It's fun to think of all the variations in proportion.
I made a straight Medium and discovered (ahem) that I needed more room through the hips/tummy. Luckily there are 6 vertical seams - the side seams, the front panel seams, and the back panel seams. So I was able to let it out enough to feel more comfortable. I do not like for things to fit tightly at this stage in my life.
The Siena lends itself to stripes, I think. All the panels allow you to reorient the grain for interesting effect. The main print creates a horizontal striped effect from selvage to selvage. I rotated this 90 degrees for the side panels, so that the stripes run vertically. I also rotated the sleeves to run the stripe vertically.
The pattern is nicely drafted with a conventional back yoke, collar band, and collar. These are men's shirting details that I like a lot.
Have you seen the new issue of American Craft? It looks interesting, doesn't it?
My new Peony vest is in a stage of reverse engineering. Stay tuned, if you can stand more Sewing Workshop ruminations and exclamations! I hope that you are staying cool if you are in the middle of this hot, hot summer we are having in the US. A great time to stay inside and sew.