The Trina Blouse & Blackbird Fabrics

To continue in the celebration of my new site – I have something extra special for you today!

There are certain online fabric stores I’ve come to love & I love them for a reason.  I return over and over to the online fabric stores where quality, transparency, and consistency are present.  Oh…. need I mention reasonable prices, too?!  That always helps.

One such online shop for me is Blackbird Fabrics.

I’ve purchased several fabrics from Blackbird over the years and they’ve never disappointed me.  The fabrics arrive just as they’re described online.  This rayon voile purchase was no exception.

I had already made a Trina Dress so I knew it worked on me.  And once I saw this Japanese rayon voile pop up on Blackbird Fabrics I knew it was the perfect match for a Trina Blouse.

The fabric is wonderfully drapey, opaque, and stitched up like a dream.  I pre-washed this rayon in the washing machine and it held up like a champ.  Pretty sure it went through the drier cycle too.

This is my first time sewing up a pattern from Victory Patterns.  When the Trina dress & blouse was released last year – I was deep into my love of Phryne Fisher’s Murder Mysteries series (and still am).  This dress and blouse pattern is glamorously dynamic, so very Phryne, I just haaad to make one up for myself.

I had such fun taking these photos – the kimono sleeves and drapey rayon fabric = infinite arm poses.  lol

I didn’t do many alterations to the pattern- but I did do some.

Some of the wrap features get lost in this print, but I widened the lower bodice section via the triangle pieces.

You can see what I’m talking about better with this line drawing of the Bodice Back:

On a regular wrap design, there is a hole opening in a side seam to pass the ties though.  On the Trina blouse, the front bodice has a triangle section that overlays on the back bodice – this area is where the ties feed through for the wrap.  I think it’s pretty ingenious and prime for color blocking.

Anyhow – I was saying, I extended the angle on my triangle pieces to widen the waist area a bit.  In retrospect, I didn’t need to make that alteration since the blouse was roomy enough.

Bodice Back:

The only other alteration I made was to shorten the sleeves and peplum since I’m such a shortie.

I don’t think it’s any secret that I’m a bit modest – as I don’t like showing my knees or décolletage.  Knowing that, I had concerns that the Trina neckline was going to be too deep cut for work attire.  Surprisingly, it was fine.  I didn’t have to add any additional width to the neckline – it shows just enough but not too much.

And the neckline stays in place without any safety pins.  But… I always affix one just in case.  lol

Here’s a great closeup of the fabric:

I generally gravitate towards solids and some cute prints – so this rayon voile is very much out of my comfort zone.  I thought it was so different and had a great color saturation I couldn’t not get it!

So now that you’ve made it this far – I have a great treat in store for you.


Caroline of Blackbird Fabrics has kindly offered my readers a site-wide discount of 15% on purchases for the next week!  With no restrictions! Isn’t that wonderful?!!

Discount Code: ZILREDLOH15

The code will be valid from NOW till Tuesday March 14th at 11:59PST.

Please Note: I was not compensated in any way, in exchange for any reviews – and all opinions are my own.

While I don’t think there’s any more of this particular fabric in stock – there are plenty of other lovely fabrics to be had.  I have my eye on the Bamboo-Cotton French Terry (they make great Renfrews) and the Orange Cheetah Print fabric, myself.

But the discount isn’t just for fabric – but applies towards any notions or pattern purchase also.

Sounds great right?!  I hope so.  :D

Cheers All & Happy Shopping!

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Comments (12)

  1. Kelly March 7, 2017 — 10:17 AM

    This is the perfect Phryne Fisher top!! It definitely nods to the era without being a costume. I love the fabric, so rich in color.

    1. Liz March 7, 2017 — 10:24 AM

      Thanks so much Kelly! I’m so sad they canceled the Phryne series but I hear they may be making a feature film once Essie Davis’ schedule frees up. Still in talks – but hopefully it happens.

  2. Sox March 7, 2017 — 12:14 PM

    That is a beautiful blouse with so many great colours. It should also be cool enough to wear in the summer.
    And you are in your back yard. I heard Chicago had no snow this winter; are you able to move your spring planting ahead this year because of that?
    I’m trying not to start any plants yet (anything started before the end of March is just crazy here; they get too leggy before they can be planted out in May) so I am living vicariously thru’ others.

    1. Liz March 7, 2017 — 1:32 PM

      Thank you so much – I do think I’ll be able to wear it in the summer too. It’s such a great blouse pattern. :D

      Yes – Chicago has been unseasonably warm this year. We got tons of snow back in December, but not much in the new year. That being said – Chicago weather is crazy and we could end up with a blizzard next week.

      You should follow me on instagram – I do many more daily updates and snippets on there.

      Just last night I started some of my seedlings in my basement grow lights. Have to do some more tonight, but given the warm temps I already feel like I’m behind schedule. My mom and I watch for spring mainly by watching nature; notably are the robins back yet. That’s our first hint that it’s spring. I haven’t had an issue with leggy seedlings (yet) – grow lights need to be nice and close to the seeds at the beginning so that they don’t have to reach too far up for light. After they get some leaves, I transfer all of my seedlings to small dixie cups so they have more room to grow. And if they grow too much I just keep transferring them to a larger pot with the lights moved higher – accordingly.

  3. Lynsey March 8, 2017 — 2:19 AM

    Your top looks fab, the fabric is perfect for this pattern. It looks awesome on.

  4. Jenny March 8, 2017 — 3:01 AM

    Absolutely love this on you Liz! Winning pattern / fabric combo. If you enjoyed sewing this you should try more victory patterns patterns -I always find their design & construction to be refreshingly different from anything else I ever sew

    1. Jenny March 8, 2017 — 3:02 AM

      PS. love your current ‘do, suits you perfectly!

  5. M. March 8, 2017 — 4:26 AM

    Dramatic indeed! You look gorgeous! The fabric/pattern combination is definetly a true winner and fits you perfectly.
    How did you treat the inseams and the hem? French seams and rolled hem (it’s hard to tell from the picture)? I always find it takes a lot of concentration and good technique to sew such delicate fabrics.
    I just had to think of an old blog post of yours where you were thinking about a morning gown to have for the house. Maybe you could simply lengthen the pattern and have another nice gown?

    1. Liz March 10, 2017 — 11:44 AM

      Hello there M. :D Great questions.

      I know I did french seams on the sleeve seam and for the peplum seams. But the side seams of the bodice – there really aren’t any. It’s pretty ingenious drafting from the gals of Victory Patterns – there are triangles that overlap to make up the blouse “side seams”.

      While the voile was a bit shifty, I didn’t treat this fabric any differently than I would a quilting cotton. It presses great under the iron so I got nice crisp fold lines.

      For my narrow 1/4″ hems on the peplum and sleeves – I use a product that I generally reserve for knit fabrics: Steam a Seam lite in 1/4. It’s an iron-on hem glue. But please note: I always stitch over this as it breaks down over time. It enables me to hem even the shiftiest fabric precisely.

      Last but not least, if a fabric proves to be too shifty for me to easily work with (like bemberg lining) I spray it with a fabric stiffener called Sullivan’s Spray Stabilizer. It wears off when it is hit with water or lots of steam. But it makes a fabric paper stiff for cutting and sewing. It’s great for silks & linings.

  6. Heather March 10, 2017 — 1:39 PM

    This is so pretty! And I totally agree, this is the perfect fabric for Trina. You look so glamorous!
    PS: I love your new site too!

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