Tuesday, February 21, 2012
Spring Sewing - The Blouse Perfected pattern
I haven't done much sewing other than alterations and refashioning since December. It's looking like early spring and my daffodils are blooming on the hills. Louise Cutting has a new pattern out that is an updated classic blouse pattern that includes a really interesting version with a curved assymetrical front - hard to describe so I refer you to the pattern description and the photos. She named the pattern The Blouse Perfected which includes 9 pages of detailed instructions that are copyrighted so I'm not going to regurgitate them here except to say that they are fabulous and most of her techniques can also be applied to other sewing projects. The purpose of all that detail is to get perfect results and you sure do. What better way to begin early spring sewing than with a new and fresh look!
So here's my A Blouse Perfected, view C, and some photos of the front and back. It has that beautifully turned out collar and collar stand of hers. The pattern also includes a vented sleeve with a cuff and another variation but I did my own thing on this one, cutting the sleeve off at the shorten line and finished with a cuff cut on the cross grain so the stripe is perpendicular. I used the rest of the same blue/white stripe fabric that I made the Now Shirtdress in September and the collar is from what was left of my OOP Vogue Miyake blouse that I also blogged about. I paired this tunic length top with some stretch cotton cropped pants. This one is a size small and I think I'll cut the XS for my next one since I've got plenty of ease in this one.