Sunday, 9 March 2014

Completed: The Green Mae

I seem to be on a roll with second makes. I've worn my vintage inspired Mae a few times and it is definitely one for the office. However, I wanted those scallops to be available for play as well as work.  Recently, I was washing a piece of cotton I picked up from a local charity shop for about £6. I was drawn to the bottle green with the black scribble and the print (African?) at the bottom. Originally I thought it would become a skirt but then I realised that it would make a perfect weekend Mae.

The Green Mae

I tinkered slightly with the fit from my first. I feel a little uncomfortable wearing my vintage inspired one untucked as it is a little too big at the hips. I also wanted to make the most of the print so I took this one in a little and it fits much better. However, it seems that I have accidentally put some stress on the back and there is a quite a pull on the buttonholes at the middle of my back. I think I will need to let the seams out a little to see if it makes any difference. I raised the sleeve opening a tad and they are much less likely to reveal what bra I am wearing - a risk that is constant in the other one!

The Green Mae

With the help of Twitter, I chose to use the iridescent buttons from my stash over the smaller pale green ones I was also considering. They change from cream to green to brown or some combination of and provide a nice contrast to the dark colours of the fabric. 

The Green Mae

I was a little lazy with the seams and finished them by overlocking. My overlocking foot is broken, one of the metal guides has fallen off meaning the finished result isn't as neat as before but I can live with it. Just. Must get on and research that overlocker... Amazingly I didn't need to hem the blouse as the fabric doesn't fray. 

The Green Mae

I had hoped to pattern match all the way round but I didn't quite have enough fabric. Either the sides, or the back could match. I opted to match the pattern at the back, as I think pattern matching is less noticeable at the sides, especially when you are only matching one section.

The Green Mae

This blouse turned out how I hoped it would, except for the back, which is disappointing. It means that I like this blouse, rather than love it. I probably should have made another toile to check the alteration. I hope I can fix it as this could be a weekend/evening staple which I'm currently lacking. Have you ever tinkered with a pattern that fitted only to find an unexpected fitting issue? 


10 comments:

  1. This is so pretty! I love the colour on you. I hope you can fix the fit thing, an easy win might be to move the buttons if redoing the seam doesn't sort it?

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    1. Thanks Vicki Kate. I'll definitely try the buttons if letting the seams out doesn't work.

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  2. Wow, I can't believe that you found this fabric in a charity shop! It is beautiful and makes a great Mae blouse. It is really a pity that the back turned out to smug. I hope you can fix this by letting out the seams! I don't know about you, but I tend to not wear makes that I am not 100% happy with. So fingers crossed!

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    1. I'm exactly the same! There are a few makes just hanging in my wardrobe because I'm not happy with them. I must do the alteration for this blouse soon otherwise it might be join the gang.

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  3. This is lovely, the fabric is just beautiful. I agree that letting out the seams should fix the back, good luck with it.

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    1. Thanks, Lynne. Fingers crossed it is easy to fix.

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  4. *chants obnoxiously* "Overlocker Overlocker Overlocker!!!!"

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    1. Haha! Keep going - it might just spur me on!

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  5. Oooh, Border Print! Border prints scare me a tad, but I simply love the effect. Your Mae blouse is lovely.

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    1. Thank you. Border prints aren't too scary, as you as you can cope with the potential for it not to match at the seams!

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