Thursday, February 14, 2013

A Blouse

According to my records, the last time I sewed a blouse was in July 2011. I don't remember sewing it or wearing it and it's no longer in my closet. Blouses are - obviously - not a staple in my wardrobe even though I have at least two dozen blouse patterns. One wonders if that's indicative of yearning or denial!



Since my return to fashion sewing, I've been highly focused on fit. In one way, I'm glad because that journey has paid off with a set of adjustments that appears to be working well and consistently. In another way, it hasn't been good because my sewing has been mostly all work and no play and after a while that wears you out. Making the Vogue 8721 shrug last week reminded me of the simple joy of stitching and pressing without expectations and that there are many beautiful - non knit - fabrics in the world, some even in my stash. And suddenly, I wanted to sew a blouse. I chose Butterick 5678 for the cup sizing and the princess seams. I'm using...




... a very thin cotton with abstract dots. It's a less formal and more flowing fabric which I hope will translate to a wearable muslin. At this point, the shoulders seem a bit wide, even the shorter length is quite long (nowhere on the pattern does it note the finished length) and when I pinned the side seams, the hips were too snug but all those are all manageable and easily adjusted. So far, the pattern is drafted beautifully. The sleeve had the perfect amount of ease and fit smoothly into the armhole and the collar and collar stand went on easily. LOVE that! Love that I'm enjoying the process of putting it together. More tomorrow.

Talk soon - Myrna

Grateful - people to love; people who love you. Happy Heart Day!

12 comments:

  1. I look forward to seeing your finished blouse - it's my next project!

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    1. LOL - me too! I think you'll like how well it comes together. I'll post about the finished length.

      Is it Vancouver BC you're in?

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  2. Fun! I have two cotton blouses cut out and ready to sew. Nothing so fitted, though.....
    I love the fabric you're using in this project. Nice color and dots. Who doesn't love dots?

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    1. I love that they're soft dots, abstracted, not lined up perfectly, but still perky. YEAH!

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  3. Myrna,
    If you go to the Butterick website, you'll see the finished lengths below the fabric requirements - in the Finished Garment Measurements section.

    Yes, it's Vancouver BC.

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    1. Well look at that. NONE of that information is in the pattern. It's helpful to see the bust ease for the different cup sizes and the hip ease. I should have plenty of room with that measurement so it has to be the length that is the issue because that's about 3" too long for me. Thanks for pointing this info out. I'll be sure to access that information in the future. I printed this bit out to add to the envelope.

      Are you in contact with other bloggers in the Vancouver area? I've wondered if there are any blogger meet-ups organized. What fun that would be.

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    2. I was at the office when I posted earlier; I'm home now, and looking at the back of the pattern envelope. There's a decided lack of useful information there, isn't there? It's frustrating being told the rest of the measurements are on the pattern tissue. Have they put the information in a box somewhere on the tissue?

      I'm not in contact with other bloggers in the area, although Im meeting up with a couple of friends Sunday to go to Fabricana in Richmond! I keep telling myself I really don't need more fabric...

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    3. If it's there, it's pretty obscure because I really looked for it plus the info on bust ease by cup size is not on the pattern. What's there must be for the B cup.

      Enjoy Fabricana. LOVE the store in Richmond. I'm not sure we ever need more fabric physically. Emotionally? That's a different story. Sometimes it's so soothing to touch and smell and dream of possibilities.

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  4. I have this pattern, but can't remember if I have ever made it up!!! Love the randomness of the dots on this fabric - not all lined up straight and formal...J

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    1. Me too. Love the dots. Highly recommend the pattern.

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