Sunday, 6 October 2013

Completed: It's all about the spots blouse

Following my last post I was determined to find time to sew. I wanted something reasonably simple that would become a quick win. Tucked away in my stash was a deep purple chiffon with white spots. I picked this up on a trip to Goldhawk Road with the idea of making a blouse for the office.

I looked around for a suitable pattern and settled on this one from Burda. I surprised myself with this choice. Generally I like a more fitted silhouette and this one doesn't have much shape but I've become more accustomed to a looser fit after wearing my Beehive Blazer a lot. The ties are knotted together. I tried a bow but I just wasn't comfortable. I don't really get on with big bows. 

Spotty chiffon blouse

This was the first time I had used a Burda pattern. I downloaded the pdf which certainly makes it easier than tracing the patterns off the crazy sheets that come with the magazines, although it still took me a while to figure it out. Turns out there are three patterns within the same pdf. Luckily I remembered to add seam allowance before cutting out the pattern. 

Spotty chiffon blouse

The chiffon was relatively easy to work with as I used all the tips and tricks I learnt when making my summer cocktail dress. I pinned and pinned before basting every seam. I used French seams throughout and that made for a lot of basting! It was worth it though as the chiffon behaved itself at the machine. If I had just pinned, which was very tempting at times, I would have ended up with a mess of chewed up fabric and uneven stitches. 

Spotty chiffon blouse

I did struggle with the scantly written instructions that came with the pattern. A lot of the steps just didn't make sense to me. I made a toile to check the sizing but mainly to see the order of the construction. After playing around a bit, I threw out the instructions but kept elements of them like sewing the side seams and the arms in a continuous line. It makes the inside look nice! I definitely prefer having diagrams in instructions. 

Spotty chiffon blouse

The design of this blouse is interesting. Half the front yoke and the full length of one tie are from a single pattern piece. This does leave a gap at the front which needs careful attention. According to the instructions, the seam allowances of the front yoke and ties are taken care off right at the beginning and then it calls for bias tape to be added all the way around the neck line. I couldn't figure this out so just added it at the back and the front. It isn't the perfect solution but it works well. 

Spotty chiffon blouse

I changed the sleeves and the cuff slightly. The design calls for a slash in the sleeve to be closed with covered buttons. I'll be honest, I was feeling far too lazy for this. After removing two inches from the length of the sleeve I added the cuffs. I can get my hands through with ease. 

Spotty chiffon blouse

I quite like this blouse, the length is just right and I can see me wearing it quite a bit in the office. It will definitely add a pop of colour to my dark trousers and I have a pair of heels that match the purple perfectly!


18 comments:

  1. Lovely blouse and I am in awe of the way you have handled your chiffon. Gorgeous colour too.

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    1. Thanks. The handholding during my course really took the fear out of working with chiffon.

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  2. This is gorgeous! The pattern is such a good match with the fabric. I love it! x

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  3. This is lovely Claire! You might have to give me some tips on working with chiffon, as I want to give it a go, but haven't dared yet! Chiffon is probably a good place to start with a looser fitting than usual top - because you can still see the shape of your body through it, I imagine it feels much less boxy than a looser fitting cotton item!

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    1. Thanks Kelly. The chiffon really does feel less boxy - I made a toile out of lightweight cotton and hated it! Luckily chiffon has a good drape.

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  4. Your blouse looks lovely! I especially love the fact that you used polka dot chiffon, I never can resist polka dots :) I haven't dared to work with chiffon yet, its slipperiness just puts me off. But seeing your result, I might have a go on it - next summer :)

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    1. Thank you! I think the trick is to find a simple project and take your time. Read up on how to handle the fabric as well.

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  5. This is lovely, it would look great tucked into a pencil skirt for the office. I am nowhere near brave enough to work with chiffon yet. xox

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    1. Thanks Ashleigh. I love the idea of tucking it in.

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  6. This is just so lovely! Great fabric choice. I hope it gets lot of wear because it really looks lovely on you.

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  7. Such a beautiful blouse! It really suits you. And aren't polka dots are so timelessly stylish? Great job - you are a Chiffon Guru :)

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    1. Thanks Danielle. I'm not an expert with chiffon by any means but the fear of working with it has disappeared!

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  8. That's so pretty, Claire! I was intrigued by this pattern when I saw it in the magazine, so it's cool to see it on a real person!

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  9. Beautiful blouse! It's perfect in the chiffon. And that wrought iron gate behind you in one pic is too fabulous! Did you find the Birds PDF went together properly? I have downloaded a few different companies PDFs and some join up beautifully while others begin to have issues after several pages and stop lining up correctly.

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    1. The gate is in central Oxford - I'm determined to try and get better pictures where possible! The PDF was ok, there was a little rippling as the taped sheet got bigger but I didn't notice anything beyond that.

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