I must have flowers, always, and always.
~ Claude Monet
Well, I got a blouse finished last weekend!
I've made the pattern once before, and had problems with the neckline, so I was very careful this time and it went a bit better. Notice that you make a bias binding from the same fabric and then use that binding to create a button loop:
One thing that struck me as kind of odd is that the back has a center seam. I think it is to help make the top more fitted, because neither the outer edge nor the center edge is straight. I didn't do a great job of placing the pattern pieces for the back - I wish I didn't have those 2 relatively big flowers cut in half.
I did a 3 step narrow hem. The first step is to sew a row of stitches around the bottom and use those a guide for folding and ironing the hem up. Next you sew a 2nd row of stitches just to the inside of the garment from that "fold line." And you trim the excess fabric very close to this row of stitches:
Finally you fold the hem up one more time and stitch all the way around, one last time. You can see the final result here:
Notice that I used french seams, as this fabric is somewhat sheer and frays easily.
The sleeves have a drawstring - the pattern has you reinforcing a small area with interfacing and then adding button holes to pass the drawstring through.
The instructions also have you cut a bias strip for the drawstrings, but I decided to try something different and I used grosgrain ribbon. We'll see how well this works. ;)
I finished the blouse Sunday morning and was able to wear it to our ballroom dancing lesson (over a flow-y skirt) that afternoon! Yay! :)
Because of the colors in the fabric, the blouse works nicely with the black, grey and brown bottoms in my new wardrobe! Double-yay! :)
Next up? You'll find out tomorrow! ;)