Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Blouse is under construction

The blouse I started working on last weekend is still under construction. There's not so much to say about it except that it is coming together just fine. I am working on the sleeves now and one is partly finished. So this is what I came up with so far. (The sleeve is not attached but lies draped over the shoulder, click on picture for sharper details):



It was too small at first but by letting out the darts and the sideseams a bit now the fit is just fine. Strange actually....I used this pattern twice before and never had any fitting problems. (And those blouses still fit! in case you're wondering if this could be caused by gaining weight).

It is a bit too short to my liking and I am mad at myself for not checking that before I cut the fabric. It seems lately I start making more and more of these stupid mistakes. (Sorry if I sound a bit harsh but for someone who has been sewing as long as I have this is a mistake not-to-make). I will have to make sure the hem will be as small as possible, just to save some length.

Now for the good things:
I like the way the collar(stand) turned out !!



I'm definitely improving on my skills here. This has probably also a lot to do with the technique I once read about and have used ever since. But I can't for the life of me remember where I read it or who wrote about it. (I also forgot to take pictures when I was sewing).

I'll try to explain it :
Before you sew the collar between the two parts of the stand, fold over the seamallowance of one part and stitch it in place. Then sew the collar between the stand as you would normally do and turn the collar to the right side so it's ready to be attached to the neckline. Sew the unfolded side of the stand to the neckline. Then fold over the already finished side of the stand and tuck in the seams of the neckline.

Oh dear....does anyone understand what I'm talking about? Those of you who use this technique probably will. But those of you who are not familiar with it probably won't.

So if anyone of you knows a link, or hás a link, in which this technique is described, maybe you would be so kind to let me know so I can mention it in my next post? I'll give you the well-deserved credits of course!

If on the other hand such a link shouldn't turn up, and you are still curious what I'm talking about, let me know also. It will be my pleasure to make some kind of an instruction.

L-o-v-e to share and make sewing easier (= more fun).

Have a great week everyone!

Gr.
Lilian

4 comments:

Eugenia said...

That blouse is coming along really nicely - I'm looking forward to seeing it finished. I know what you mean about a pattern you have used before coming up smaller (or larger) when you make it in a different fabric - it has happened to me!

Kathi said...

As Eugenia said, do you think the sizing issue is because of the different fabric? I am glad you were able to work with the blouse and correct them. Your collar stand does look quite nice! I really wish I liked blouses.

Sigrid said...

You're hard on yourself. Mistakes happen, also with a lot of experience (how I know?)
Could your method look like this one: http://off-the-cuff-style.blogspot.com/2008/05/collar-part-2-hotpatterns-blouse.html

But your blouse is coming along nicely, the collar with stand is perfect.

Lina said...

I like that purple-white dotted fabric.I'm looking forward to seeing how it turns out.