Parchment Blouse With Sulphur Stripe

Parchment Blouse With Sulphur Stripe


I am a sucker for textiles. In my studio, the focus is less about the flash of a design, and more about the beauty of the fabric. Amalgamate that with a classic cut and excellent construction, and there is no need to compete with yourself season after season. Frankly, I don’t think my head could come up with that many ideas. So, I start with these anchors — textile, classic shape, excellent construction — and I arrive at what you see here again and again.

This blouse was an invention sparked by the very cool selvedge of the sulphur fabric. The white stripe belongs with its counterpart, and so often designers cut this off. I love using the selvedge for many reasons, for one thing, it is in harmony with the fabric, and the weaver considers it part of the whole. When orchestrated as part of the garment, it provides its own interesting detail to a piece, and it contributes to a no-waste culture that I appreciate (lord! I NEVER throw away the smallest scrap of fabric!). Every selvedge is different, and if you are investing in very fine fabrics, it is near always just as lovely as the fabric itself. SO, you see, this is a celebration of an ethos that I fully adhere to: little waste, textile is royalty, appreciation of the weaver, for they are part of this thing that I am trying to do here, make no mistake.

100% organic linen in parchment and sulphur. Hand stitched detail. Raw hem. Arms and neck finished in goldenrod linen. 18.25” from underarm seam to seam and 23” long. Oh, last minute I added a neat row of stitches center front, so you will see the metamorphose of this beauty through the photographs. I have plenty of both textiles, so if this one sells out, I will be make more, however, I have decided from here forward that I will be fine-finishing all seams rather than overlocking, which you will see in this particular blouse.

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