Thursday, September 12, 2013

Change of Plans

I knew I would be making another Simplicity 1692, I just did not realize it would be so soon!  But it ended up being perfect for my latest Britex project.

When my latest Britex fabric pick arrived, I knew that my initial idea was not going to work.  The silk/cotton was deliciously sheer and delicate, and completely unsuitable for a scalloped edge - whoops!  But it is the perfect choice for a beautiful blouse.

For a bit of a change to the original design, I altered the sleeves.  Working with the curve of the original long sleeve pattern piece, and laying Advance 5470’s lantern sleeve on top, I mocked up my idea - and it worked!  

For my next project, I am promising myself that no underlining will be required!  I really do love hand sewing, but having to work on a flat surface (my sewing table) can be rather tedious.  The result is always worth the extra effort, but I cannot curl up with my pup while standing at a table.  He keeps coming to check on me in the sewing room, and I think he is starting to feel neglected, poor little guy (or at least, he is pretending to be).

Because of the sheer fabric, I decided to go with silk organza for the back neck facing. 

Last time around, I eliminated the need for the facing altogether by cutting the back piece on the fold, but with this fabric I was more concerned with motif placement.

And I added 1 ½” to the hem length, also adding a bit of width at the bottom edge since the blouse now falls lower on my hipline.

And a hand-stitched hem is something that can be done with a snuggly Chihuahua on the lap!

[The fabric for this project was received in exchange for my contributions as a Britex Guest Blogger.]


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