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Biscayne blouse with sleeves

29 Oct

The biscayne blouse really has become my favuorite pattern – I have five of them now. But I knew that I’d need to add some sleeves  to turn in into a year round type of pattern. But I wasn’t sure exactly what type of sleeve. I knew what I didn’t want – nothing too big or anything with a serious cuff. I wanted something that would match the simple style of the blouse.

So when Colette released the Claudette pattern and I saw the  design of long fitted sleeves with a continuous lap placket and cuff  I knew I had found exactly what I wanted. I must admit to being rather indifferent to the rest of the dress pattern, but it was on sale  and exactly what I was looking for, so buying the PDF for $11 seemed reasonable enough.

The blouse itself came together easily enough and I’m particularly happy with my welt pocket – it’s my most accurate one yet! The only thing that slightly bugs me, is that I didn’t have any lightweight/fine interfacing and what I did have turned out to a little too heavy so the button placket is sticker than I’d have liked.

The sleeves worked out pretty good (I made size 8) which had 10 cm extra around the armhole so required a bit of gathering. Next time I think I’ll reduce the curve so there won’t be such an obvious gathering. I really like the narrow cuff band, but I’m not terribly impressed with the method for completing the sleeve placket. Obviously I’m not familiar with this method and I could do with some practice but the end results don’t seem too polished. That being said I plan to make myself a lot more of these!



16 May

Seeing as I had the Bonnie top pattern still out, I thought I’d quickly whip up one more. This time out of a lovely jersey (I think 95% cotton 5% elastane) I bought last year at Raystich. My me-made wardrobe doesn’t have many plain tops but that’s what I often reach for on lazy days. They’re also handy for putting together me-made outfits.

I’m really pleased with how the top turned out and love the color.

Bonnie Top

13 May

I really love the Bonnie Top from Blue Ginger Doll and my previous versions in yellow and crazy geometric print get worn a lot. Because it is such a comfortable top I often reach for it in the morning, but at the same time I think it looks ace and often wear them out in the evening. So it was Bonnie I had in mind when Dragon Fly fabrics had a little sale in November and I purchased this beautiful print. It’s 95% cotton 5% spandex and it feels just wonderful.

There’s not much to say about Bonnie – I found the best fit is size 10 for chest and above, grading out to 12 at the hips. I also tried to reduce some of the gathers in the sleeves but I wasn’t overly successful.



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