Added Jan 11, 2012
by Julia Morley
I wasn’t going to participate in this challenge because I’m still a pretty novice seamstress and there’s a lot of more talented people in this community, but then I was working through my new years resolution challenges (52 garments in 52 weeks), washing the demin for a pair of jeans I wanted to make. And then I decided to make a shirt to go with the jeans, and then it turned into “hey, I should just try that blouse from that challenge.” Ultimately, the jeans never got made and the blouse morphed into this!
It is based on the free blouse pattern from Indygo Junction. And wow, what a pattern to use! I’ve never done anything like that before – it gives you directions to chalk out your own pattern. The entire back panel is lace, and the front pattern is a mystery (polyester?) satin I had lying around. I actually cut the blouse to the specifications, but then took it in significantly after the fact (it’s taken in about six inches, and then I added darts to the front). I also shaped the side seams to bring the lace back panel slightly forwards. The cuffs were done as instructed, but I shortened the sleeves and then I added another “cuff” as the bottom hem, all in the same lace as the back panel.
My hope was to create a piece that is a more modern variant of the satin blouse which could be turned into a real pattern and recreated. I’m pretty pleased with it – all the adjustments I made mean it’s a little bit messier on the inside than I would like, but all in all considering my lack of experience with this type of thing, I’m happy!
Also, for those of you who are having trouble getting to the blouse pattern (the link is broken on Indygo Junction’s website) – simply add indygojunction.com/ before the word file when it gives you the “page not found message” – so the link is this: http://indygojunction.com/file/download/SateenBlouse_epattern.pdf
Polyester blend satin (maybe?), lace.
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