Chartreuse Sencha

front view

In early April, Katy and I had the pleasure of meeting Sarai, the owner and designer of Collette Patterns, and her husband Kenn at a party hosted by Grey’s Fabric and Notions. I decided to make the Sencha blouse from the Collette pattern collection to wear for the festivities. I chose a lovely chartreuse green habotai silk because I wanted the top to be flowy and a tad translucent. The beautiful buttons were generously gifted. The party was wonderful, and you can see photos from it on the Colletterie here.


The pattern did call for a facing around the neckline, but because I wanted to maintain the sheerness of the blouse I opted to use bias binding instead. I did run into a few challenges in finishing the interior of the side seams due to the nature of the silk. I first attempted Hong Kong binded seams, but even those were too bulky, so Katy made the brilliant suggestion to cut 1/4″ strips of touch of gold fusible interfacing and fuse them to the edge of the seam allowances to prevent the silk from fraying. It was the perfect solution because there was no bulk or opacity added to seams and the silk won’t fray.

side / back

The color chartreuse actually derives its name from the French herbal liqueur, so here is a cocktail recipe that incorporates Green Chartreuse:

The Lumiere:

1 1/2 oz Gin

1 oz Elderflower Liqueur (such as St. Germain)

3/4 oz Fresh Lime Juice

3/4 oz Green Chartreuse