I hope you all had a Merry Christmas and enjoy the last days of the year. Here is one last garment that I made in 2016 and that I want to show you.
I finished this little blouse already last summer, but somehow I did not get around to take pictures. Later, I totally forgot to blog about it. But this pattern really deserves to be shown. As I am not as brave as Fleurine and did not feel like modeling a summer blouse outside in the winter cold, I only have pictures of it on my dress form. Here is a picture from the magazine so that you can see how it looks on a real person:
The blouse is loose fitting without darts and features a small collar.
I used the scraps that were left from my Style Arc Sissy blouse. It is a sheer cotton batiste with a nice texture. I had the pieces cut out and lying around for almost a year before I took them with me to our summer holiday in Sweden where I thread traced everything.
I cut out a size 36 and made only minor alterations:
- adding 1 cm to the back shoulder seam at the side tapering to zero at the neck
- cutting off approximately 10 cm from the hem.
The pattern is described as long so that it can be worn tucked in. However, it was much too long for my taste, so I compared it to my other blouses and cut off a good part of the hem.
The side seams are french seams. Armscyes and shoulder seams are finished with bias binding. What I really loved was the construction of the collar. First, the collar is sewn to the back. Then the shoulder seams are closed. After that the collar is wrapped around the front in a way that all raw edges are enclosed nicely. It really felt like magic when sewing this together.
I topstitched the pleats a few cm so that they lay more flat. With a more drapey fabric this should be no issue, however.
The last buttonhole is sewn in horizontally so that the blouse should not unbutton itself during wear.
Here is an inside view:
This little blouse got a lot of wear. I paired it with a pencil skirt and felt dressed up even during the hot summer days.
The pattern is a little treasure with such a clever construction for the collar. I had so much fun while sewing and I think it would also look great in a silk fabric.