Friday, January 31, 2014

Cream Blouse - January Garment of the Month completed

The Make a Garment a Month is having themes this year and for January it is a new skill, a old pattern seen anew, or a new wardrobe plan.

I am going for an old pattern seen anew, this is my trusty blouse pattern Vogue 8572 (OOP)  but this time I am seeing it in a very different light due to the reasons below.

Following on from my last version, this time I have made the following adjustments:

*  I moved the bust dart up by 1cm e.g. moved 2cm from the very original position.
*  Levelled the dart as per Vicki's comment.

I am much happier with the look.


I also said that the sleeves were giving me trouble, but after reading about Lisa's lace blouse I ended up at Handmade by Heather B and her photographic tutorial on how to do the Forward Shoulder Sleeve Adjustment that Gigi Louis had posted a tip about on Pattern Review.

I have been doing a forward shoulder adjustment for years, and have tried unsuccessfully to reshape the sleeve head but always had excess fabric in the back as well as getting the sleeves to sit nicely.

So I followed Heather's photo tutorial and changed my sleeve pattern and it now looks like this.


I knew that I had enough silk left over to either cut out a pair of my old sleeves (original pattern still intact) or bias strips to make the blouse sleeveless.

For the first time ever, my sleeves went in the first time, no excess fabric giving me grief and in silk, I am ecstatic!!


Now I need to do this adjustment to all my sleeves, I wonder if this will fix the twist I get in my knit top sleeves!

This blouse ticks a few commitments:
  • is my 2nd piece for my first 3 pac for SWAP 2014.
  • my completed January Make a Garment a Month
  • is my IttyBit for the Stash 2014 sewalong as I used under a yard and it was leftover from my jacket.
I am also wearing my new brown wool skirt and will share more details about it soon!

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2014 Stash Out:    0.8 m
2014 Stash In:      19.25 m

23 comments:

Gabrielle said...

That looks terrific - the fit looks spot on, front and back :)

redpointtailor said...

Very elegant outfit! Great jon on a top

Cherrypix said...

Very interesting...the fit is impeccable. I know I need to do more forward shoulder adjustments... Thanks for the great links on how to!

Juliet said...

That blouse is really looking good. You'll be able to "run up" that pattern in no time at all!

Marianne said...

Beautiful, and great job on the sleeves. You have every right to be ecstatic about this fit!

Dorothy DotDot said...

It's very cute!

LyndaSewing.blogspot.com said...

As always, it looks wonderful. Thank you so much for the forward shoulder adjustment links. That's one I always have problems with, and this will help a lot!

little betty said...

Your garments are always so well fitting. This is a classic addition to your wardrobe. Lovely

BeaJay said...

Very nice. You certainly are getting a great wardrobe.

Alexandra said...

Great-looking blouse! And so nice that it ticks several boxes all at once, too.

Stoney Lonesome Sew Works said...

Very nice. The fit of your garments is always amazing!

becki-c said...

So simple and elegant!

I agree, those sleeves look great.

Dilliander said...

Great fit, the darts and sleeve head adjustment are perfect :) Another lovely blouse that will go with so many of your outfits. Thanks for sharing the tutorial links.

Lisa said...

Looks like you've got the perfect fit! What a great looking blouse.

Carolyn said...

Really beautiful and a fantastic fit; chic, classic and elegant. This would work so beautifully for so many outfits :)

Vicki said...

Nice! I bet it feels lovely in silk too.

Sew, Jean Margaret said...

Very classy blouse. Thanks for sharing the fitting info.

KathyS said...

Lovely fit. I am trying to transform a similar old Simplicity pattern and your posts are very helpful, especially the link for the forward shoulder adjustment Thanks for sharing.

Alison said...

Glad that you've got another fitting challenge sorted. :)

Kristy said...

Thanks for sharing the changes you made, I'm fairly certain I should be doing a forward shoulder adjustment too (I've just been too lazy so far to try to resolve it!)

Karen Pior said...

Why am I not surprised that this blouse ticks the box in many different areas - I remember how organised and 'list' oriented you are!! How beautiful your blouse looks, simple and elegant. Congrats. Xx. K

Gail said...

Very good basic item. You'll get a lot of wear from it.

Lisa said...

I am so pleased you ended up at Heathers blog for the sleeve cap alteration. It's pretty awesome and I'm pretty much resigned to the fact I will need to do it to everything I make now. It makes the sleeve fit so well. Your Silk blouse is just beautiful.