Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Me-Made-May: Day 5 and Blouse BWOF 8/2007 no. 114

I finished my first blouse! Hooray! Really, after plodding through all those button holes (on top of collar construction... on top of seam binding...) I wasn't so sure this was much less work than a jacket. But it's wearable, it fits my style, and I'm thinking of making this pattern into a TNT/blouse sloper.
Two reasons: First, this was one of the few garments I made exactly according to the pattern measurements (usually I just eyeball the seam allowances...), so I can make equally exact changes. Second, I changed a couple of things right during construction (squared off the shoulder line, tightened the neck hole/collar, lengthened by half an inch) and can see fairly well what other changes I need.
(Excuse the rumpled appearance. I'd been wearing this half a day already. I really need to brush up on my fashion photography!)
One of those necessary changes I can see but don't understand (at all!): according to my measurements I should be a size bigger in my waist than in the bust. Well, I cut this as a straight size 36 according to my bust measurements, and the bust is a bit tight, but there's lots of room in the waist. ???
Me-made: Green gingham blouse.
What I gained from MMM today: Sewing blouses is so useful. Keep it up!
I'm in a bit of a panic as to what's next. Unless the weather turns and it's 15 degrees warmer tomorrow. Must go dig in the closet. 'Bye.


  1. Marie-ChristineMay 5, 2010 at 4:40 PM

    Cute blouse, hopefully you're not having the same Spring weather as the rest of us (wool pants, winter coat..).

    But I wonder why you'd bind the seams on a blouse?? Don't you have pinking shears? A serger? Something quick and easy? This isn't a jacket that you can be buried in, it's just a blouse. You can't avoid buttonholes, but you sure can avoid making your life miserable. And I'd think binding blouse seams would make some big honking things that wouldn't look very good with the inevitable summer ironing.

    As to sizing, maybe your eyes just crossed and mixed up the waist and bust sizes? Can you measure again?

  2. Congratulations! blouses are hard, but worth it.

  3. Yay for blouses! So versatile, and once you master a pattern and get it to fit the way you want, making the blouse will get easier the 2nd, 3rd, or 4th time you make it!

  4. Nice blouse! Does it have back darts? I think that would help with the shaping.

  5. Very nice blouse! I hope you can fix the fitting without much trouble. Very strange.



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