I'm not entirely sure that this blouse was meant to be. I finished it a couple of days ago, after what felt like everything that could go wrong did! In fact I'm a little surprised that I got to the end with a somewhat wearable piece...
I should point out that the problems I had creating this blouse were mostly mine, and not the pattern - so I am definitely going to try this one again.
My biggest challenge was sewing the placket - this was the first time for sewing a placket using a knit. I struggled attaching it at the centre front and getting it to lay flat**. I ended unpicking it about five times... The instructions calls for stay stitching around the neckline, but not the centre front. Next time, I will stay stitch the centre front before attaching the placket. I am also looking forward to the next step of the Thread Theory Camas Blouse Sewalong which is going to be all about the placket. I'm sure Morgan will have some great tips!
**This was not helped by the fact that I had a burr on my walking foot which made a series of little holes in my fabric before I noticed what was going on, so I had to change to my normal presser foot.
I loved using the Liberty Dufour Jersey for this project. It is silky smooth and has great stretch. Now I have a super comfortable top. If you are using this or a similar weight jersey knit, I recommend interfacing all yolk pieces, hems and of course the placket.
I used a light weight fusible tricot interfacing I picked up at Spotlight in Wellington. This stabilises the fabric but still maintains the gorgeous drape and stretch.
I cut strips of interfacing the width of my hem allowance, fuse these and press the hem allowance before sewing the arms and side seams. I find this makes it a lot easier to get an even hem.
I have tried hemming the Liberty jersey both with and without the knit interfacing. I definitely get a much neater and smoother finish when using the interfacing and the hem maintains it shape wash after wash.
So aside from the walking foot, what else conspired against me for this project?
Miss Maude Made Summary
Pattern: Camas Blouse by Thread Theory Designs
Size: 12, graded down to 8 through torso.
Alterations: took 1.5cm width out of arm to give mores streamlined silhouette
Fabric: Liberty Dufour Jersey - Meadow Rain
Special Equipment: none - both my walking foot and overlocker packed up on me!
Would I make it again? Definitely! I will not let the placket, my walking foot or overlocker beat me! I am also really excited to try it as an oversized woven blouse.
Where will I wear this? I think this is a great top to wear to the office - so, so comfortable and it is easy to dress up. But seeing I currently have no need to be in a corporate office all day, I think I'll just wear it whenever I want to be super comfy and smart.
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