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A new month equals a new mash up! This month I’m sewing up a blouse in a fall floral crepe that I know I will get a lot of wear out of. I’m excited to share the first steps in sew this blooming blouse…

Pattern


It actually took me a while to decide which pattern I wanted to make for this month’s Mash Up. In the fall I wear a ton of pants (I mean who doesn’t?) so I kinda knew I wanted to sew a top, and this blouse just spoke to me. I’m obsessing over turtlenecks, so I knew this particular style was perfect.

Materials


I liked the lightweight fabric in the pattern fashion photography, so I looked for something similar. Instead of a paisley I opted for a fall floral crepe. Then instead of making the tie bands the same fabric, I got some black ribbon to also add some sheen. Then to gather up the collar I needed shirring elastic as well!

Cutting Out


Cutting out was pretty easy and straight forward and I just followed the cutting layout in the instructions. There was also no interfacing required which I always love.

Step 1


Step 1 was to sew the shoulder seams together. This was trickier than expected, only for the fact that this fabric looks the same on the right and wrong side and the front and back pieces are also quite similar in shape. I used little pieces of tape to mark the right sides and a sticky note to indicate the front.

Step 2


I serge-finished the seam allowances together and then pressed towards the back. I repeated for the other shoulder seam.

Step 3


Now onto the sleeve! I first cut up the vent slits on both sleeves.

Step 4


And I also made small cuts into the pleat lines.

Step 5


To finished the vent slit edge I first opened up each slit edge so it makes a straight line.

Step 6


Then I pinned the vent bias strip, right sides together with the vent opening leaving a little bit overhanging on each end (makes it easier to turn and sew).

Step 7


At the base point of the vent opening, I pivoted and shifted my fabric out of the way to achieve a nice point.

Step 8


After sewing the strip to the opening, I pressed the small allowance towards the bias strip. Then I pressed under the outer edge allowance and covered the seam using pins to hold in place.

Step 9


I topstitched in place from the right side, and then folded in half to sew a little V on the bottom point almost like a little dart.

Step 10


View of my vent slit opening right the right side.

Step 11


Next was to fold the pleats in place on the top sleeve seam.

Step 12


I basted in place inside the seam allowance to keep the pleats formed.

Step 13


Once the pleated were basted in place, it was now time to attach the sleeve to the bodice! I matched up the notch with the front armhole, and then the center of the pleat with the shoulder seam.

Step 14


View from wrong side, pleated sleeve pinned into place.

Step 15


I sewed the sleeves at my seam line, serged the allowances together and pressed away from the sleeve.

Step 16


Now was the time to decorate the sleeve seam! The pattern instructions to sew on long bands from either side that tie in a box. I omitted the bow, and instead simply pinned a thick 1" wide piece of black ribbon over the seam.

Step 17


The I topstitched on either side of the ribbon since it was wide. I love the effect and little bit of sheen the ribbon gives off, and I’m also going to use the ribbon for my cuffs.

That completes part 1 of sewing my September Mash Up, check back next Wednesday to see me install the gathered cuff, side seams, and collar.

Happy Sewing!

Meg

3 Comments

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    Sep 15, 2017, 10.58 PMby sanfuqua

    Happy Birthday Meg :)

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    Sep 15, 2017, 09.58 AMby nrobson

    its gunna look awesome; happy birthday Meg to you :)

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    Sep 14, 2017, 05.12 PMby Mokara

    Happy birthday Meg, wishing you many blessings x

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