Saturday, 23 May 2015

That 70's Blouse - Butterick 6037

This pattern from the mid/late 1970's was a casual style that really appealed to me, so I scooped it up when I came across it.

I made it from a poly/cotton shirting-weight fabric to try it out.
As you can see from the pattern drawings and pattern pieces, it is fairly shapeless, but somehow seems to work.

Hanger appeal isn't one of it's main attractions!

It has a neat drawstring in each of the shoulder seams, that you can adjust to how you like it to sit. I mostly wear this one with it as you see below, sitting just past my shoulder.

It has quite a wide facing right around the back and front neckline, which was a bit floppy and annoying, so I top stitched it down all the way around. This has the added bonus of giving the front neckline and opening a bit more structure.

I do plan to make this again in a more drapey fabric in the future, as it is incredibly comfy, and very easy to throw on and go.

Sidenote: As a way to try out Instagram, I will be sharing a pattern a day from my Classic pattern stash. You can find me here.

Saturday, 16 May 2015

Muse Patterns - Jenna Cardi

This is actually my second attempt at making the Jenna Cardi pattern from Muse.

My first, whilst sewn beautifully in a black merino french terry?, was much too big through the shoulder line for me. It was gifted to my lovely friend, Crafty Mermaid.

This time to test fit, I sewed the hip length version with 3/4 sleeves. I did not include the extra yoke detailing.  I made a size 40 through the shoulders and bust, extending out to a 42 through the waist and hips. This now fits much better (than the photos would have you believe!)

The fabric is a merino/cotton I picked up for the absolute bargain price of $1/metre at a manufacturers sale.  It is a charcoal grey with tiny navy/black squares woven into it.