The fabric had a border pattern running across the grain about every 30" which required some planning.
I drew up a few sketches placing the border at various locations and ended up with this plan.
Placing it along the top of the pattern framed the neckline in front, and reminded me of a midi blouse.
|Jasmine blouse by Lynne Williams with revisions|
On the back you can see I placed the border just over the hem which I think accentuates the curves in my figure.
As mentioned in a prior post, the pattern is accurately made and the instructions are very easy to follow. I can certainly recommend this pattern especially if you want to learn how to sew a bias cut garment.
You will learn about working on the bias while keeping the project simple and not get yourself overwhelmed.
I changed the length of the sleeve to fall below my elbow.
A simple change - lengthen the sleeve pattern by the desired amount.
Then I ran a gathering stitch around the hem edge and created a narrow 1/2" band to finish it.
I used a strip from the border print to set it off.
My hem band was cut 2" x 9" and of course I cut 2.
I also brought the neckline in 1-1/2" towards my neck on each side. I love the width of the original pattern, but it just was not flattering for my narrow little skull-lol, or maybe it is my lack of jaw....probably the combination. If you can wear it wide by all means do so...its so lovely like that.
I also changed how the collar was made and assembled.
The collar pattern has 2 parts a collar back and the collar front which lengthens into the tie.
You are instructed to cut 4 front collars and 2 back collars, like a standard collar. Additionally it has a interfaced facing...front and back.
I am not a huge fan of facings, they tend to be difficult to control, additionally I did not think the collar laid particularly well, it wants to ripple along the outside edge.
Instead I chose to make the collar a sash cut on the bias and folded in half lengthwise.
This causes the gentle roll, which lifts it upwards from the neckline and the outer edge lays nice with no rippling.
I then replaced the facing with a strip of self bias like you see on many knit necklines.
I plan on making another one of these blouses from one of my silks. I just hope I have enough of this lovely periwinkle charmeuse I have had in my stash for about 20 years!! It is one of those fabrics you love so much, you are afraid of doing the wrong thing with it.
Do you have fabrics in your stash like that?.
My apologies for not having pictures of me wearing the blouse, its so much easier to slip it on my form and snap a picture and get blogging then setting up for a photo shoot. I understand this is breaking a cardinal rule of good blogging...but it's so time consuming....plus it leaves me room for improvement-lol
Maybe one day I will have my act together enough to take wonderful fashion /location pictures like some of my favorite blogs....girls I think you know who you are. I do so appreciate their efforts....one day.....one day.