Sunday, August 19, 2007

BWOF Project of the Month: August


For my August BWOF project, I chose blouse 114 because I had an appropriate fabric in my stash. I cut out the fabric last weekend and sewed up the whole blouse this Saturday.


Likes/dislikes
I chose this blouse because I'm trying to dress a little nicer at work; my workplace is so casual and I think something as simple as button-front blouses will help to elevate my look. I like that it's not a totally "plain" blouse, the front yokes add some interest (a nod to Western wear, I suppose).

Fabric
I used a pima cotton knit fabric that I bought from Fashion Fabrics Club last year. It's nice in that it is pretty stable to work with. However, once I put it out on the table to cut, I noticed that the horizontal and vertical lines in the grid pattern are not exactly perpendicular, they are slightly skewed(!). Because of this, I decided to cut out each piece in a single layer and I followed the cutting layout for View A in which the yokes and pockets are cut on the bias; I think the skewedness is less noticable this way.

Alterations/design changes
Not a one. But after seeing the back view in my photos of me wearing the blouse, I noticed that there is some horizontal wrinkling happening at the lower back. A scan through Fitting & Pattern Alteration: A Multi-Method Approach led me to believe I need a "short midriff" adjustment. I held a pattern piece up to myself and sure enough, the marked waistline is lower then my waist.



Conclusion
Fun, wearable blouse and very easy to sew. I think it will look great with a pair of black jeans that I'm planning to buy this season.

18 comments:

Claire said...

Wow, you did a really good job. It looks really nice on you. Nice fabric, too.

Alexa said...

I love it!!! You always make such nice things!! Awesome!! Can't wait to see what's next!

Geek Sewing said...

Great pocket/yoke detail! Cute blouse.

Erica B. said...

Love that shirt, so cute!

Tamara said...

Looks wonderful on you. Great job! Looking forward to seeing your next project.

Stephanie said...

Great job! I like the pockets and the buttons. Also, love your hairstyle!

Mlle Laura said...

Lovely shirt! Very clean and neatly finished.

cidell said...

I like this whole "BWOF Project of the month". It's a good way to make sure you get something out of the magazine.

As for the blouse, i wouldn't have even noticed it in the editorial shot. I looove the pockets in the front and the yoked back. You did an excellent job.

stacy said...

It looks great! I love the details of this shirt.

loopylulu said...

That looks fantastic on you. I liked it in the magazine too so it's nice to see it made up by a real person.

Tany said...

Fabulous job as always!!

The Mahogany Stylist said...

Cute blouse.

Linda said...

A simple yet very attractive looking blouse. Fits you so well.

dawn said...

You did a fantastic job, what a great blouse! I wouldn't sweat the back wrinkles at all. It's a blouse and not an evening gown, so it's not supposed to fit skin tight.

Sonnja said...

That looks fantastic on you!
Kind regards,

Sonnja

lupinbunny said...

That's a really nice pattern! I'm confused a little though - it's from the Burda sewing magazine, yes?

christina said...

lupinbunny - Yes, the pattern is from the August issue of the Burda World of Fashion magazine.

Isabelle said...

That's a lovely blouse!