liesl’s rush hour blouse

Here’s the Rush Hour Blouse I sewed for myself to test the pattern. This was leftover poly-rayon crepe from S’s dress on page 16 of the Building Block Dress book. I loved this fabric, and she loved the dress so much I sewed it for her a second time when she out-grew the first one. Sadly she’s outgrown it again and there wasn’t enough to sew another or we could be twins!

Liesl's Rush Hour Blouse

I usually wear this top with black trousers or a pencil skirt (I like navy and black together), but it was photo day so I just threw it on with jeans. (I got tired of climbing three flights of stairs every time I needed to change clothes for all the blog posts I’ve been writing, so I started just changing my top in the lobby, hoping no one entered or exited the building in the meantime!)

Liesl's Rush Hour Blouse

I’ve worn this blouse a lot! Here’s the back.

Liesl's Rush Hour Blouse

This fabric was a little denser and less drapey than the fabrics we used on the cover of the envelope, and I like it better as a result. It hangs just the right amount and doesn’t require a lot of care. Wool crepe would be terrific for it, but it’s difficult to get here in Spain.

What fabrics have you chosen for your Rush Hour Dress + Blouse? You can purchase your own copy of the pattern now in either paper or digital format if you don’t have it yet!




  1. JEB O'Barr

    Thank you so much for taking the time to write blog posts. I so look forward to your insight into your design process.

  2. Joanne

    Tessuti fabrics in Australia has a fabulous range of wool crepe … and they ship all around the world… it looks amazing as it is though. I also like navy and black together

  3. Maggie

    Thank you for showing us all the lovely clothes you’ve made with the new spring patterns! I’d also love seeing what you make for S for some teen sewing inspiration.

    1. I’ll have something for you soon!

  4. Betty

    Originally I was not fond of the peplum – LOVE the dress – until I saw it on you. The drape is more tailored and not as ruffle feeling. Thank you, the top is now on my list.

    1. I’m surprised seeing it on me in blue is different than on the model in red! The style looks exactly the same–I wonder why it makes a difference.

  5. Carolyn Kummer

    What lovely photos – you look so attractive against that background in your Rush Hour Blouse. Blue must be one of your colours. Like Betty, I was not such a fan of peplums (should the plural be ‘pepla’?), but seeing it on you it is understated elegance. Even – or maybe especially – with jeans.

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