It’s been quite a while since I have written a sewing post. It’s not that I have not been sewing, it’s just that much of my winter was consumed in finishing a dress that took forever to make. I probably would have abandoned the project, but I had been sharing my progress on it with my sister throughout her illness, and she enjoyed watching it shape up so much that I felt like I owed it to her to actually finish it. I’ll share it in a later post.
I bought the pattern above for the pants, but after watching the Great British Sewing Bee I decided to do one of the challenges and make a blouse. On the show the sewers had six hours to make their blouse, but they had to use a silky fabric. I went with an easier to manage fabric, a cotton seersucker. There is actually more contrast in the stripes than shows in my photos.
I’m not a big fan of “fast sewing.” Some time ago I ran across several blogs where the challenge was to make so many garments in a month, and it just added up to a lot of clothes that I suspected would never be worn. I’ve never been a fast sewer, as I love the calming effect of slowly working through a design. And I’ve learned that it is better to take the time to pin and baste and do it right the first time.
So even though my pattern was relatively simple, it took the entire six hours for me to finish. Actually, it took a little more as I hand-hemmed the sleeves and hem, but if I were really on a deadline, I could have machine-finished them in a few minutes.
I decided to give my blouse a bit more shape, so I altered the side seams to make the waist more narrow. I also added vents at the side hem. I had planned to put in the button, but I wore it without it and liked it, so now I’ll probably not bother.
I really like the way the sleeves are cut in one piece with the bodice yoke. And it was very easy to do and was faster than set-in sleeves. Not only that, but there is more mobility in the sleeve, due I suppose, to them being on the bias.
Next, I’m thinking about tackling the pants, which may take some time. Pants are easy to sew, but hard to fit. Wish me luck!