CASUAL BLOUSE - A shirt my brother did not want. It was a mens XXL. I managed to cut the blouse without needing the fabric from the sleeves I removed. I adore the fabric, and you wouldn't find anything like this in Fabric Land! It's a lovely soft material that keeps its shape and colour and doesn't bobble, smooth knit. I've called it shan shui as it has water and land in the print.
I removed the existing collar as I wanted a cute neckline (it is a busy print). I used the fat end of a grey/blue polyester neck tie, opened and removed the interfacing using a picker. Cut it in half and used as the front of the collar. I had to re-iron one of the sides and stitch in white on the edge, Maybe I should have matched the lines for symmetry, but for a one-off design, anything goes! I used the thin side to make the back of the collar (the inside of the shirt is shown in the centre). I also created a flap of material to act as interfacing on the blouse - it joins the tie to the blouse to make it less flimsy. I have no idea how old the tie is but the font looks retro! And really, it hasn't been in fashion for a while! and Made In Britain - most items are imported now.