Saturday, June 04, 2011

Cotton Voile Blouses

Another one of my basic patterns that I love to alter in so many different ways—New Look 6754.


Using the techniques (loosely) in Design Your Clothes by Cal Patch (see previous post for details), I added a front yoke with some gathers, eliminated the back zipper (what a waste of time to begin with) and the bust darts, bound the neckline with 2” binding cut on the bias, and turned it into a button-down shirt.

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I used this gorgeous white sheer cotton voile that I bought in 2010 from Everyone needs at least one white cotton blouse for summer—preferably thin for the intense heat which I swear we are not getting any of this summer. (I thought Utah was the desert?)

I used some fun lightweight cross-stitch patterns on my 830 which can hardly be seen in these photos, but they add a bit of fun.

HUGE MISTAKE—look how far off my front gathers are? When I made the gathers I forgot to account for the placket and how many times I would be folding it over. So even though I sewed them symmetrical, once the placket (not sure that’s the right word in this case) was made the gathers are way off. I’m kind of embarrassed to have made such an amateurish mistake. Had I not serged the seams already I would unpick and redo it. Dang serger. Oh well, I’m a housewife and spend 90% of life time at home.

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Happy summer! Can’t wait to make this 10 times more. Got any good sources for cotton voile that isn’t $12 a yard? It’s getting harder and harder to find.



Last fall I used this brick-red cotton voile to make this shirt for Hallie. Pattern used was from Oliver and S. Maybe I should follow that patterns directions next time to get my gathers perfectly spaced like they turned out on Hallie’s blouse?

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