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Improvising a bit

Added Nov 20, 2009

by anajan

Belgrade, Serbia






BWOF 1/2008, #108 pattern and an improvisation.

This is the pattern I have used many times, and made a lot of variations on it. This time I wanted to make a simple shirt, with a bib cut on bias. I was so sure the fit of the shirt was right, and therefore I didn’t try the shirt while sewing it, but only after is was completed. But – it turned out it was too tight in shoulders and bust (???). I don’t know what happened – I used the same size as I always did.
To save the blouse, I improvised a bit – I added a button closure inset, which gave enough ease to the bust and shoulders. I had to narrow the waist a bit. Due to the alteration and to make the shirt symmetric, I added 2 rows of buttons.

The shirt turned out nice, I think :).

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    Jul 13, 2010, 05.33 AMby lclausewitz

    Very clever solution! I might have use for that in tinkering with one of my old shirts.

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    Nov 28, 2009, 11.32 PMby manuela

    I really like the two rows of buttons! Are they both to use? Or is one of them “just” decoration?

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      Nov 30, 2009, 11.21 AMby anajan

      Just one row of buttons is functional, the other one is there only as a decoration.

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    Nov 26, 2009, 02.39 AMby gedwoods

    Wow, talk about finding a creative (and stunning!) solution to a problem! This is beautiful! And it’s so nice to see different photos of you, too :)

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      Nov 30, 2009, 11.32 AMby anajan

      Thanks gedwoods!
      Yeah, it was time to ditch those mirror photos and take decent ones, with better light, that really show the details of my garments.

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    Nov 24, 2009, 01.14 PMby sew4my3

    Oh I really like the design of this blouse! The insertion in the front placket is such a wonderful addition. Well done, again!

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    Nov 22, 2009, 12.47 PMby djoule

    Nice !! Looks really great on you :)

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    Nov 21, 2009, 11.41 PMby milkyway

    Super chic very neat finished!! as always, impecable work

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    Nov 20, 2009, 06.05 PMby kosmika

    Pure genius :)

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    Nov 20, 2009, 01.30 PMby sewella


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    Nov 20, 2009, 01.27 PMby yoshimi

    Beautiful! You look stunning in it. I really love your shirts.

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    Nov 20, 2009, 12.32 PMby stephiaffi

    The improv is fantastic! The shirt looks great!

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    Nov 20, 2009, 12.15 PMby lybu

    It looks great. I would never say that this blouse was too tight :) New button closure inset looks as it originally belongs to the pattern.

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    Nov 20, 2009, 12.02 PMby ceregana


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    Nov 20, 2009, 11.59 AMby gdac

    I always love your work – so creative! but I am also jealous that you somehow find the time to do way more sewing than me!

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    Nov 20, 2009, 10.51 AMby irmchen

    Jeah… you should improvise much more in the future: The outcome is excellent! :) I like the way how you matched with the stripes!

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    Nov 20, 2009, 10.46 AMby missymay

    I love your shirts and this is no exception! you’ve got a great eye for style and design

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    Nov 20, 2009, 10.33 AMby fnm

    I ova je prelepa. :-) Slazem se da mnogo bolje izgleda sa ovim detaljem nego originalna verzija. Svaka cast i za uskladjene linije.

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    Nov 20, 2009, 10.24 AMby elisana

    i love the way it looks, in my opinion, better with the improv than without, nice detail

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