Thursday, January 25, 2018

Some spring sewing - Two blouses from the At Every Angle pattern

Referring to the At Every Angle Cutting Line Designs pattern with two interesting tops that can be shirts or jackets, depending on the fabrics used.     I was dithering about which fabric to use for view A, so I decided to make some coordinates that would work with my neutral berry bottoms. 

First up is a soft cotton cross dye shirting with mulberry and cream threads woven to create narrow purple stripes on a gray-ish background.  It has an 11" border of more compact stripes that make it look darker.    I cut the collar, the large patch pocket and put the front sides facings on the darker border portion for contrast.   

Based on the finished measurements and how I like my shirts like this to fit, I cut the XS size.   I always compare patterns to others I wear and buy.    I did not make any alterations to this pattern.    I also cut and sewed on the large patch pocket shown in the pattern.    Once it was finished, I  decided the proportions were off, given the size I made, and removed the large pocket.    I remembered how much I liked the smaller pockets on my CLD Just My Style tops, so I cut out three of them and determined the placement.   

I then followed the instructions for stay stitching and pressing templates to ensure a professional look. 

Here is the final result with the three smaller pockets.  The one on the lower left is sewn on straight, but the angle of the photo and the drape of the soft shirting makes it look crooked, noting that Terri doesn't do "crooked".   Those are thin 5/8" pewter color metal buttons.   The wide-leg linen pants are from last spring/summer's collection by a company called Kleen.  I love the overall asymmetry of this top, the asymmetrical stand-up collar, and how the length and shape of this top works with this pant style.   

Next is the same view B shirt in a taupe silk organza with a dark berry woven stripe.   The cotton shirting stripes aren't as prominant and I wanted to play with the stripes in this fabric.  It's easy with this pattern because there are 4 individual front/back pieces that you cut fabric face up.  Everything is the same on this top except that the stripes run horizontally on the right front and back, to include the sleeve, and vertically on the left side.   I cut the collar with the stripe running down the piece.  Silk organza is a challenging fabric to cut, sew and press,  especially with a woven in stripe.   I cut, and used narrow strips of very light steam a seam from a sheet of SaS before I top-stitched the facings and hems.    Because of the crisp nature of the fabric, I decided against pockets that would make the fronts stiff.   The organza is semi sheer so this was intended to be layered over another top or dress like I show here.   As such, I eliminated the buttonholes and buttons.   

More photos in the At Every Angle album on my Flickr photo site 


  1. Gosh, you are sewing for spring already. Fantastic set. Always love your vision.

  2. Gorgeous! Both of them! I do LOVE the three pockets vs. the one large pocket. You always know what to do if something seems a bit 'Off'. Always enjoy seeing your creations; therefore, happy to see a new blog post pop up on my feed!

  3. Lovely work, as always. Did you change the side splits on the organza version? Perhaps it is the angle of the photo that makes it looks different from the pattern sketch. It's good to see a new post from yo.

  4. Just beautiful! Love the 3 pockets, it's perfect, as always!

  5. The three pockets are so great-you have such an eye!