Sewing

Butterick 5955- A billowy blouse

In November, I decided to sew up another Butterick 5955 blouse. I would describe this blouse as billowy.

appearing large and soft or filled with air

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When I made this blouse the first time, I wasn’t very happy with the end result because it ended up looking like a hospital scrub. Maybe it was the navy cotton lawn fabric that I chose. I also felt like the pattern had a lot of ease, so I ended up chopping off a lot of fabric from the sides and top. B5955 Butterick pattern review

Butterick 5955 is described as a very loose-fitting pullover that has a V-neck top and a back yoke with slightly forward shoulder seams extending into dolman sleeves. Fabrics that are recommended for this pattern are crepe de chine, lawn, or charmeuse fabric.

I chose a plum colored medium weight fabric. I’m not too sure what type of fabric, but it’s probably more suitable for pants. Even though it was of medium weight, it still had a nice flow to it. I chose View C. The back is a rounded collar. The first one I made had a V neck back collar.

I’ve worn this blouse many times already and always with the same black leggings. It’s very roomy and comfortable. It’s a very simple and easy blouse to sew. If you like the billowy look, this blouse is perfect for your wardrobe.

Sewing

Simplicity 1106- “It’s all about the back” blouse

This blouse is all about the back. Views A and B have a contrast fabric back inset. Views C and D have a cut out “peek a boo” back also with contrast fabrics for the yoke back and sleeve. There are two options for sleeves, short and elbow length.

This pattern is easy to follow. My first view to sew up for this pattern was view D. I didn’t make a contrasting yoke back and sleeve and instead used the same fabric for the whole blouse. Fabric suggestions include challis, lightweight linen types, silky types, jersey and crepe back satin (for the contrasting pieces). I chose a flowery crepe de chine for my fabric.

I also made view B using a light brown challis for the main fabric and a crepe de chine for the contrasting piece. I didn’t feel that the two together flowed well for some reason. I ended up removing the contrasting piece and trying to put another contrasting piece in. Bad idea, I should have left it alone because I couldn’t figure out how to do that without it looking terrible. I ended up putting the blouse in the time out basket to tackle again later. Sadly, I think that eventually it will end up in the wastebasket. Or at least my bag of remnants to use for another project.

Front looks good
Back not so good…

I also made a third blouse but hacked it so that there would be no cut out in the back. So all in all, I have made 3 items using this pattern with only one not surviving which is the view. I probably won’t sew up View B again. I don’t see it turning out for me. But I will probably sew up view D again and this time try a contrasting piece. That would be a great use for a remnant in my remnant bag.

I would recommend this pattern especially since there are 4 styles that you can make with one pattern. It’s a very pretty blouse that’s all about the back and it goes great with jeans.

Happy Sewing!

Baking

My favorite quarantine banana muffin recipe

If you are like most people, you have made at least one batch of banana bread during quarantine. It seems to be the most popular bread to make during this time. I think I’ve made about 3 or 4 batches of banana muffins so far.

I read somewhere that banana bread became really popular during the Great Depression. I’m not sure if that’s true, but it makes sense. Instead of throwing away over-ripened bananas which would be wasteful, using bananas to make bread is a great way to be resourceful with your ingredients and make the most of what you already have available.

Check out this link for a little history of banana bread: https://www.kingarthurflour.com/comment/338341

I want to share my favorite banana muffin recipe. I like it because the bread turns out moist, not dry. I believe that’s because this recipe uses oil, not butter. You can also mix in any extra ingredients that you like such as walnuts or chocolate chips.

Yummy…

Here is a link to my favorite banana muffin recipe:

https://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/basic-banana-muffins/

The ingredients include flour, sugar, baking soda, salt, ripe bananas, egg, vegetable oil and vanilla extract. It’s best to use ripe bananas. They are sweeter which enhances the flavor of the bread. They are also mushy so they blend into the batter better. If you have an over-ripe banana and you don’t want to make banana bread right away, you can place them in a gallon bag and put them in the freezer until you are ready to bake.

Each banana muffin is around 200 calories (with oil). You can use unsweetened applesauce instead of oil if you want to save calories. However, substituting applesauce for oil will change the texture of the banana bread. I’ve never made this recipe using applesauce and I’m pretty sure the texture won’t be as moist. However, you can also substitute with applesauce using half oil and half applesauce if you want to save calories, but don’t want to sacrifice too much of the texture.

Happy baking!