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Last week I started my November Mash Up and I’m making our Faux Wrap Blouse from the 11/2017 issue. I got some serious progress done this week as I lined the front bodice, attached the back, and sewed in the sleeves.

Step 1

I ended part 1 with sewing the front lining and bodice hems together and then understitching. And now that the hems were sewn it was now time to sew the neckline, and this is where things get interesting…

Note the notches along the front cross sections and neckline on the lining and match them up and pin up to the shoulder seam.

Step 2

Close up of the pinned neckline only to the notches. I clipped the notches about 1/2" because that allowance on the lining needs to be sewn the other way (I’ll show that later).

Step 3

Note that this seam is right sides together, unlike the hem (see picture). I then stitched at my seam aline from the shoulder to the notch and securing with a backstitch.

Step 4

Once sewn, the front needs to be flipped so the lining is on the inside. I separated the lining from the bodice in the center creating a tunnel and reached in to pull the top right side out.

Step 5

Now I pinned all the edges together so that the lining and front side seams, armhole, and shoulder lines matched up. For the front lining at the base of the neckline I pinned the allowance to the inside.

Step 6

Close up of the neckline.

Step 7

I basted around the entire front piece so that the lining and the bodice now act as one!

Step 8

And also topstitched from notch to notch the lining neckline.

Step 9

My front! This was definitily the trickiest part of the entire top, smooth sailing from here…

Step 10

… And the view from the wrong side.

Step 11

Now I grabbed the back pieces and pinned the yoke to the back, right sides together and stitched. I also finished the back neckline of the yoke piece.

Step 12

I had to finish the yoke neckline first before sewing to the front shoulder since the front neckline/crossover pieces were already finished by the facing. So next I pinned the shoulder seams together making sure that the neckline points at shoulder were perfectly lining up. I sewed together and then serged-finished.

Step 13

The front yoke actually does extend slightly to the front so the true top notch/shoulder marking is indicated on the yoke piece. I marked with a pin in order to properly sew in the sleeve.

Step 14

For the sleeves I decided I didn’t want to set them in because I cut them in a knit fabric, so I pinned and sewed in as a continuous seam! I matched the top notch of the sleeve to the shoulder line on the yoke piece.

Step 15

But before I could sew up the sleeve and side seam in one, I first had to finish and sew the back hem. I had to do this because the front hemline was already finished and sewed by the insertion of the front lining. For the back hem I did a simple serge, press, and topstitch.

Step 16

To close up the sleeve and top I pinned the sleeves and side seams, right sides together. Again, just as I did for the shoulder seams I made sure the finished hem edges were perfectly matched up.

NEWStep 17

After I stitched the side seams I serge-finished the allowances together and at the hem I topstitched the allowance to the backside for about 1" to keep it laying flay since the side seam allowance wasn’t sewn with the hem. And here is the front view of my top! I love the mix of sweater knit and burn out velvet, and the faux wrap front is quite flattering.

Step 19

To finish the top off, I went with a simple turn and twin needle because I couldn’t even imagine sewing a placket in the sweat knit! Also the sleeve hem was meant to be pleated and sewn into a cuff, but since I opted for no cuf the sleeve hems actually have a nice flare to them giving the top s different look than the pattern.

That completes my Faux Wrap Blouse and I’m eager to get it photographed for my debut next week. I do in the future sew a “non-hacked” version of this top with all the bells and whistles, but this knit version was a pretty easy and fast sew with all the benefits of the faux wrap style.

Happy Sewing!



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    Nov 28, 2017, 08.46 PMby mad14kt

    Looking WONDERFUL :)

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    Nov 27, 2017, 02.07 AMby nrobson

    like the sewing tips. tops looking good!

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    Nov 22, 2017, 09.00 PMby Lynne Bailey

    Nice work..

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