Have you ever been shopping or spent time in your local hobby store and found yourself suddenly inspired? This is exactly what happened to us during this DIY project. We are always trying to find ways to support our creative outlets outside of our professions. It helps to not only reduce our stress, but it also enables us to feel good about enhancing our skills as sewing and craft hobbyists. We at Timeless Sass3nach Journeys have featured a few of our designs throughout this category on our blog. However, today we want to share our latest sewing project using an Outlander themed fabric.
The material we found was created in cooperation with Sony Pictures and licensed to Andover Fabrics. We have seen this product utilized for many different personal projects since its introduction, specifically for quilts and bags. The completed results were beautiful. We were then inspired to create our own design by merging a favorite style we see within our local clothing stores with the themed Outlander toile material in blue. Our goal was simply to create a comfortable blouse we could use for work, home, or play that subtly hinted toward our wee addiction to this beloved series. In this blog, we hope to encourage you to utilize this fantastic fabric for your own personal use. We truly loved our own results!
Andover Fabrics has a diverse collection of licensed Outlander material. You can see the variety of their designs by clicking here. We chose to use the blue toile fabric, style number A-8323-B, for today’s project. We personally loved how this material symbolized the strength of Claire Randall Fraser, as it embodied her knowledge of medicine through her passion for botany. The design of this fabric is unique and intriguing, showcasing a variety of florals, foliage, and items we have read she grew within her own garden. We felt that the wearability of the cotton based material would be perfect for the spring or summer weather here in Southern California, where layering is vital to keep in tune with the change in seasons. We were excited about the possibilities!
It is important to note that Andover Fabrics are not sold directly from their website. Rather, you can purchase licensed Outlander textile material through affiliated web-based stores. We are Amazon Prime members, so our material was purchased through this company. With their prompt delivery service, we received our material within a short time period and that enabled us to quickly start on this special project.
What You Will Need
- Simplicity Pattern 8168
- 1 1/2 yards of your primary fabric of choice, ours was the Outlander toile in blue
- 1/2 yard of lace material for the side panels
- Invisible zipper
- Interfacing for collar
- Corresponding colored thread
- Accent trim of your choice
This project took us approximately three hours. We are hobbyists, and our knowledge of sewing has been acquired through repetition and lots of practice. We chose this pattern because of the ease of design. The design we had chosen consisted of nine segments, which included the interfacing panels. Each piece fits together nicely as indicated by the directions, and we welcomed the growth in our confidence level to complete this fun, weekend project. Here is a brief summary of the steps we completed to create this blouse.
- First, we measured ourselves to account for the exact size we wanted to create. After this was completed, we were able to cut out each corresponding component of the pattern.
- With right sides together, we stitched the front to the peplum – matching the notches we made to ensure placement.
- Next, we sewed the back of the garment to the rear peplum bottom.
- Pin the front and back at the side edges of the peplum.
- Complete a stay-stitch to connect side panels prior to sewing.
- With right sides together, we stitched both side panels into place.
- When the shoulder seams were completed, we added an invisible zipper to connect the back panels.
- Apply the interfacing to collar and inside the arm holes.
- Lastly, add any details of lace or embellished trim to make the blouse uniquely your own.
- That’s it!
Practice Leads to Greater Confidence
We are solely hobbyists that have always admired others’ creative expressions, hoping to follow in their visionary footsteps. From fabrics to licensed memorabilia, the possibilities to demonstrate our affection for this series are endless. As avid fans of the book and Starz series, we were ecstatic to have found an option that we can wear throughout the year that subtly symbolizes our connection to one of our favorite literary heroes – Claire Faser. If you share in this same passion of making your own novelty pieces, please feel free to show us what you create. We would love to see it.
Stay tuned for another creation that was drawn from our fondness for the classic designs of the 1940’s, while also honoring Outlander Season 3 through the detailing.
If you are interested in learning to sew from home, please check out one of our favorite blog sites: Mimi G Style, A DIY and Lifestyle Brand. This is a great place to discover tutorials and even participate on an online sewing academy to enhance your skills. You may even recognize her patterns that are sold at fabric stores across the country. Mimi G has motivated us to take risks, explore our own creativity, and realize that sewing doesn’t have to be so daunting! ♥
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