Okay, so it is Tuesday instead of Monday. My excuses for being late are that I was gone part of the weekend, Sunday I was playing with my new smart phone, and Monday and today I had to complete the project to even have something to post about.
Well, I have been having warmer sunnier weather on the brain or something lately as I chose a sleeveless blouse as my current project. I am beginning to love pattern drafting off of my own personal sloper as I get such a better fit than all those fiddlings with a commercial pattern.
Unfortunately, my design ideas get a little lost in the pattern of the fabric. Next time I make one I will use a solid. The other thing is that the finished project doesn't always end up exactly as you envisioned it. The back of the blouse was supposed to have a box pleat or gathers, but I think the back yoke stretched a bit.
I think I need to work on the construction process. Using one facing to finish both the neckline and the armhole requires some finagling to make sure you can flip it to the inside, but I chose to leave the shoulder seams unfinished to do that and finished those later. I am not completely satisfied with the result. I will definitely take some time to see if there is a better way next time. I also need to do a little adjusting of the shoulders as they stick up at the outer edge.
I chose to finish the hem with seam tape that I attached using a decorative stitch on my sewing machine. It may not get seen, but it is a fun detail all the same. I still need to actually finish the hem by stitching it up.
Hopefully, I will be able to wear this sooner than later. I think I am going to have to wear cardigans for awhile. I'll probably have to wait until this summer to more fully evaluate the practicality of the design. I am hoping to be able to test it in an extremely warm climate this summer.... But we'll see if that works out.
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Sarah loves to sew, learn more about sewing, and create items with a vintage flair. Her arch enemy is clipping curves, and she has a tolerable relationship with the seam ripper.
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