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blue armadillo blouse

Added Apr 7, 2013

by marie emily

Fort Wayne, Indi...






a blouse i made for myself from a 1966 pattern for a “beach shirt” using vintage fabric covered with cacti…

more on my blog

Material Notes

vintage linen-like fabric covered with cacti.




Spring, Summer, Fall
Garment Type
Beach, Bohemian, Casual, Geek, Vintage
Cotton, Blends, Linen

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    Apr 9, 2013, 11.08 PMby tasallison

    awesome thank-you!!

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    Apr 9, 2013, 10.26 AMby tasallison

    Hi I was just looking at your blog and all your other sewing projects…do you have any tips for neat sewing especially on blouses??? do you press every seam as you go?

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      Apr 9, 2013, 10.33 PMby marie emily

      hi! thanks for looking at my stuff. :-)

      i think my top tips for extra neat sewing would be:

      >>> lots of ironing – definitely press every seam as you go… iron the fabric before you cut the pieces out. press seams open (if you can) for things like collars and cuffs, before ironing flat & top stitching/finishing.

      >>> trim (and clip) seam allowances & corners carefully especially on collars, cuffs, etc. i like to make french or flat felled seams, too, for an extra neat finish.

      >>> lots of pins! especially when sewing on sleeves and collars. i think i put a pin about every inch.

      >>> go slow & take your time… i always have to remind myself to take my time and make sure everything is as perfect as it can be before continuing… if something isn’t just right i rip it out.

      maybe i’ll do a blog post with tips + images someday. :-)

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    Apr 7, 2013, 05.13 PMby The Tropical Sewist

    Oh my, this is gorgeous! Lovely, lovely print and a really professional looking finish.

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