Monday, April 8, 2013

Cutting the Postmark Blouse

I love the rebelliousness of snail mail, and I love anything that can arrive with a postage stamp.  There's something about that person's breath and hands on the letter.  
~ Diane Lane

I followed Gwen's advice here and my postmark fabric told me that it wanted to be sewn up in the Amy Butler Cami pattern, instead of the New Look blouse pattern.  So, this weekend - in between laundry, grocery shopping, paying bills, finalizing our taxes, Carolyn's singing lesson, Brandon's video game scripting lesson and our ballroom dancing lesson - I managed to get it cut out.  ;)

I put some thought into how to lay out the pattern pieces on the fabric - wanting the print to align nicely.  The cami front is made up of five pieces:  

I tried to make sure that the notches on the pattern pieces were aligned on the print of the fabric.  Here is how I laid out the center piece and the side panel:  

I also observed the location of the large green rectangle relative to the other key notch on the center front piece and then I tried to line up that same green rectangle in the same relative position to the corresponding notch on the shoulder strap pattern piece.  

And here you can see how the pieces came out:  

Now that I've cut out the pieces, I'm thinking that I probably should have tried to account for the seam allowances as well...  :(  

Oh well, we'll see how it sews up...  I'm just happy to have gotten started on a project!  

I hope you had a wonderful sewing weekend!  :)


  1. I think that's a perfect pattern for that fabric. You may even consider putting a flat piping in those seams, maybe picking up that green color in a solid. Think about that for a minute.

    1. Thanks, Gwen - that sounds like a cool idea... I've never done it before - I'll have to research it a bit... Spring is a good time to learn something new, right? ;)
      Thanks, again! :)