Ever since I made my first Lottie blouse (blogged about here) from SimpleSew Patterns, pattern that I got with my Love Sewing subscription, I wanted to make another. The only issue was that I was not over joyed with the sleeve. I felt that the three quarter sleeve that comes with the pattern does not go with my style.
After making the Anderson blouse (which I blogged about here) from Sew Over it I decided that the sleeves on this pattern would compliment the bodice on the Lottie blouse bodice. Then the issue was finding the fabric. In the end I settled on the Liberty fabric I bought from WhiteTree Fabrics after seeing it featured by them on Twitter. It is a Liberty Art fabric – Travelling Threads A (cotton 100%) which it is still available to buy if you fancy some of it as well.
After making the first top and other more fitted patterns from SimpleSew Patterns I realised that I have to lengthen the bodice pieces the just above the bust by about 3 cm so that the bust falls in the right place on me. So, I traced new pieces to account for this. I already did a FBA (Full Bust Adjustment) with my first version. I also lengthened the ties as well by about 10 cm. Construction wise, nothing was new from the first time I made both blouses, I only checked the drawings to make sure I am using the same order. I used French seams on all seams, including the sleeve. I felt that this will give the best finish on the inside, because the fabric is quite light. I decided not to make a buttonhole on the sleeve cuff, as I find that I can slide my hand in without having to open it and felt I might ruin it by adding a buttonhole on such a light fabric. I only added a button to mimic it. I think next time I make this sleeve, I will take out the opening completely. To add the tie to the bodice, I skipped a step by pressing the seam allowance in on both sides (outside and inside) and then sandwiched the neckline in between and run through he machine once. Then I felt like adding a little V so, I pinched the centre front fold and added a few stitched to create the V. For the hem, I pressed in 1cm and then again and used the 1 cm guide to stich it in place. I am very pleased with the result. The bust dart now feels a bit to low, so maybe next time I lower it I’ll only add 2.5 cm to the pattern rather than 3 cm. I’ve already wore it a couple of times and I received many compliments.
This is me messing about with the camera, or to be more exact with the remote control. Ha ha! I think I will wear this top tucked in pants or skirts most of the time. And now I do not have to worry that it will come out, even if I do not wear a high waist bottom. So happy days. I will for sure make some more of these tops. They are perfect for office wear as well.
And before I forget, this fabric was also on Gemma’s The ‘Use It Up’ fabric challenge she set me. So far I think I am doing well. I can actually think I will manage to finish this challenge in the 6 months she gave me.