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Andrea Blouse

Added Apr 13, 2008

by marmota-b

Cesky Brod, Czec...






That’s the name of a little girl that was babtised in our church today… and I finished this blouse today.

It’s my own pattern, based on JJ’s sloper; my very first attempt at serious pattern alteration. And I’m very happy with it, even though it probably could be better. I did the thing that you should not do, lengthened the sloper by simply lengthening the seam lines. I CAN do that, my waist size is one Burda size smaller than bust size, but you, unless it’s the same with you, you SHOULDN’T do that.

Also my very first attempt at raglan sleeves. At first they were too tight. (I drafted the sleeves myself, following instructions in a pattern-making book from local library, and those on Vintage Sewing.) So I added underarm gussets and now they’re awesomely comfortable, just like raglan sleeves should be.

It closes with a zipper on left. I can even put it on with the zipper closed without any problems, but taking it off isn’t so easy, so I’m glad it’s there.

The whole thing is just as comfortable as a t-shirt, and looks nicer, so I think it was a big success. I’ll definitely use this pattern again. I think it could even make a nice dress.
EDIT: Now on my blog, with more details – so far only in Czech, hopefully I’ll translate it later… http://marmota-b.blog.cz/0804/halenka-andrea
EDIT 2: I posted the details in English on Craftster: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=250150.msg2778813#msg2778813

Material Notes

100% cotton (at least I think), thrift store: print baby duvet cover + yellow fabric for piping (still lots of it left for other projects) = 15 CZK; white cotton thread + yellow (YKK) zipper = free, because we had them at home



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JJ for the sloper

Make Your Own Patterns by René Bergh for tips on pattern making/alteration

VintageSewing for aditional tips on patternmaking

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    Jul 10, 2010, 05.12 PMby crehowson

    i have a customer who is a large sized woman, how would you make this a 3x? or any top for that matter?

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    Aug 30, 2008, 11.55 AMby teddybear

    super cute!

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    Jun 17, 2008, 01.06 PMby marmota-b

    Thanks, thanks, I’m blushing… almost. :-) I don’t understand it as much as to know that it is easily altered, but I’m glad to learn it is.

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    Jun 17, 2008, 06.28 AMby camaro1952

    The seaming on this top is great! It is so easily altered for both larger and smaller sizes. Great pattern, you are very gifted!

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    Jun 17, 2008, 02.25 AMby marmota-b

    Thank you again. :-) I’m really glad you like it.

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    Jun 16, 2008, 01.17 PMby bathina

    Booor I am stuned by your talent!!! Thank you very much for sharing your experiences with pattern drafting. I love this shir because its perfect for summer and chic as well. GREAT WORK!

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    Jun 15, 2008, 12.25 PMby jelena-ally

    Realy sweat – I like it.

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    Jun 14, 2008, 09.26 PMby kerrizombie

    Well done. I love it. It is very inspiring.

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    May 14, 2008, 06.48 AMby marmota-b

    Yes, Amarie, it was great fun! Especially because the fabric was really easy to sew from. Thank you. :-)

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    May 13, 2008, 04.28 PMby amarie

    Congratulations, Marmota. I bet that was fun.

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    Apr 14, 2008, 05.57 AMby marmota-b

    Thank you all! I’m really happy that my first pattern making went so well!

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    Apr 14, 2008, 01.30 AMby lauriana

    Great work! All pattern making is tricky to start with, but you pulled it of!

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    Apr 13, 2008, 08.11 PMby miss-g

    It fits you well. I love the contrasting piping. Good work.

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    Apr 13, 2008, 05.06 PMby jj1

    Congrat! this is not just a big alteration, you just had designed and made your own pattern. I’m glad that you are happy with the fitting.

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