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Here’sthe second peasant blouse hanging overnight before hemming.

I still have an unreasonable idea that I might use my SWAP 2015 fabrics, shown below with the peasant blouse, to create some small capsule wardrobe. The giant bird print should become a travel bag before I begin my summer travels, but that is admittedly unlikely. The aquamarine linen is already a pair of pants and the gray linen should have the same fate. The floral print will be a tunic and the russet knit is destined to be this summer’s new Sunshine Top.

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So that left the teal broadcloth for the peasant blouse. It will work with both linen pants and will not actually be called upon to work with anything else.

A new book I’m reading draws a distinction between Projects and Clothing, and they’re quite right. I love the idea of a SWAP as a project, but when it comes to clothing, well… nothing says “homemade” like a broadcloth peasant blouse. It’s airy and pretty in a fine lawn or gauze or silk, but sack-like in quilting cotton.

And since there is actually no occasion on which the flashes of teal in the floral print will be echoed by the teal blouse apart from a photo, there is no reason at all to choose the teal for a blouse. I should have made pants with it instead.

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I’m going to hem it today. Will I wear it? I probably will. It should be comfortable and I spend a lot of my work time alone. And I expect I will make more of this pattern in lighter, drapier fabrics, probably prints.

I just let the Project get in the way of the Clothing.