Do you remember that I have a strict sewing plan for 2020?
And I am already behind this elaborate plan… There was the exhibition
last week, two crochet shawls and wool from Iceland which distracted me
from sewing. One of my goals was to make a blouse. A blouse would be
perfect for me to learn to sew buttonholes and a collar, I envisioned
the blouse to help me to be more accurate in cutting the fabric as it
will be made from unforgiving woven fabric (my enemy). No more fumbling
my way with imprecise measured patterns and lazy cut jersey. In my minds
eye I saw myself sitting highly concentrated behind the sewing machine
stitching tiny seams on delicate fabric to sew the perfect vintage
blouse I will wear on official dates with people in awe of my skills in
fashion and sewing…
And as always, it did not work this way :-DDD
I started out with Tilly and the buttons pattern for her vintage inspires Mimi blouse which you can find in her first book Love at first stitch. By the way did you know that she has written her third book
right now and it will be published in March 2020? Back to my Mimi… I
love how the fit of the blouse looks on Tilly herself but as I am
shorter, wider and on the same time less busty, I already figured that I
will not look the same in this blouse (sadly). Also, the neckline is
much to deep for my liking, but as the patten is well tested and in my
possession, I thought it a good starting point.
I decided to use a crazy patterned cotton fabric which was the scrap
of a scrap (I made a skirt for a friend from this) and naturally the
fabric was not enough which I noticed during the cutting process. So, I
supplemented the blue fabric with a red one for the collar. The blouse
has a relaxed fit so I decided to cut out the size four (Tilly has her
own size chart)
which normally would have been too small. The finished garment will
have a bust width of 109 cm and 102 cm for the waist, both is wide
enough to accommodate my 96 cm bust and 84 cm waist. While tracing out
my size on transparent paper I already noticed the blouse will be much
too long and the waist too low, so I cut the pattern at the marked line
and slid the two parts 5,5 cm into another.
The attentive reader may raise objections to my diligence, and she is
right, as I have done all the before mentioned preparations last year.
Now it’s Monday and I am sitting at my sewing table with a lot of precut
pieces for a lovely blouse and I am not very sure which will be placed
where. The one thing I could figure out was how to assemble the back
with the yoke, but I needed a staring-party for this (if you have never
done a staring-party that’s how its done: take your cut out fabric and
assembly it in a weird pattern on the floor. Sit down and stare on the
fabric. Feel how your eyes start to water. Stare more. Concentrate.
Notice how the fabric is starting to get blurry. Don’t get distracted.
Stare with all your might. STARE! Then stand up, go to your computer and
google „how to sew the Mimi blouse“. Staring-party ends.)
After all my puff sleeve sweaters I am fairly accomplished in sewing
gathered fabrics together, so the yoke of the Mimi blouse did not pose
an obstacle. The body of the blouse was done in no time and before
starting to sew the sleeves I pinned the sides together to try the
Sigh. Did I already mentioned I hate woven fabric? So, yes, I really hate it.
You perhaps cannot see it on the photos, but the armholes are tiny. And I
despise to have small sleeves and armholes which cling to my armpit
without any give. I always feel like sweating if these parts are too
narrow. The rest of the fit is ok, but absolutely not flattering (in my
eyes) – its strangely wide and small at the same time. I have a lot of
room at the waist and belly but the fabric bunches up at my back and the
folds look as if the blouse is too small at my hips (which is not the
case). The neckline width is not as wide as I feared, but I still think
it will look comical with the collar attached.
So far this is another fail in sewing a woven fabric pattern. I will try
to motivate me to finish this blouse but search for a different pattern
which will fit me better.
Or I should have minded Tilly’s size recommandations… that’s also a possibility :-DD