Ottobre 5/2013 #3
Leo Bohemian Blouse
I am on a mission to make myself several blouses for this summer. I am feeling a little anti-knit these days. I enjoy sewing knits because they are quick and easy; however, I am trying to expand my wardrobe a little to incorporate many fabric types! This particular fabric was given to me by my dear friend Vickie, so I do not know exactly what it is made up of other than a gorgeous, light-weight cotton.
I did not make any alterations to this top. This was the first time I have made a placket on the front of a shirt like this. Getting the piping to cooperate around it was somewhat challenging for me. With the pattern piece, it actually has a shape that comes to 3 points at the bottom edge. After I was done sewing the piping on, no points remained but a nice curve--oh well. It doesn't matter to me because I love the results anyway! I had some bias tape maxi piping on hand that I used (is this okay to use for apparel sewing?). It was the perfect color match. I tried to make my own piping, but I didn't have anything that looked as good.
I used my narrow hem foot for the bottom hem. I have had my machine for several years now and have not been using it! It was so easy and the hem is narrow and evenly stitched. I Googled a video tutorial on how to use it--simple!
The bottom of the sleeves have a placket and then are gathered before sewing the sleeve cuffs on. I like having a cuff with a button--cute!
What a fabulous pattern! I will definitely be making this one up again.
On a personal note....
I will have to take a short break from sewing starting next week. I have my reconstruction surgery starting. February 2013 I had a mastectomy of my left breast, and now I will be having my right breast removed. I will also be having expanders put in to prepare for implants a few months down the road. I don't know how or what the recovery process will be like. I have been told by my surgeon that I will be in the hospital at least 4 days. Hopefully once I am home, recovery will be quick and I can get back to sewing before any serious withdrawals set in!
I am looking forward to being able to sew fitted tops and dresses again when all is finished (about in 6 month's time) AND being able to wear a bra without a prosthetic boob!
Thanks for stopping by ~ Shirley