Anna Maria Horner's new patterns finally arrived here at the shop. I took one look at the 'well-composed' blouse, and I had to have it. In every color. We sold out of this pattern after I posted this photo on Facebook, but I should be restocked at some point on Friday!
My weekend is Sunday and Monday. My fiance also has Sunday off, so usually not much sewing gets done. Monday, however, is my day. Joseph goes off to work, and I have the house to myself. My last couple Mondays have been all about unpacking boxes, putting things away, cleaning, and all that boring stuff. Now that we're all moved in, I can get back to normal. My goal was to make 3 of these blouses. I've got 2 complete, and one is just cut out. The well-composed blouse is effortless. It's got an easy fit, great with a cami underneath and a cardigan over it. It's absolutely perfect for fall's in-between temperatures.
lotta jansdotter for windham fabrics, $10.70/yard
wee gallery for dear stella, $10.70/yard
Needless to say, i love this blouse. it's comfortable, and it's easy. Putting it together was a snap. There are literally 3 seams. i used bias tape to finish the neckline, cuffs, and bottom hem. My tip for bias tape on clothing? Do it backwards.
Stitch the right side of the binding onto the wrong side of the garment. Then, fold the tape over the right side. Then, use an edgestitch foot with your needle position a few ticks to the right to stitch the tape on the right side of the garment. With this technique, you have more control over the visible stitching.
This way, you have neat (not perfect) stitching on the inside of your garment, and perfect stitching on the outside. In this one case, it's what's on the outside that matters!
My "well-composed" question is: why aren't we using "quilting" fabric for making garments? Fabric designers are imagining their fabrics in all sorts of projects; ranging from curtains, dresses, quilts, napkins, pillows, table runners, etc. We need to recognize these fabulous, high quality, high thread count fabrics for their full potential - everything.
Check out Rashida Coleman-Hale's quilt market display for her Tsuru line. Bags, dresses, chair, ottoman, and lampshade. I don't see any quilts at all! After seeing a few look books for quilt markets this year, this is the trend. And why not? Woven cotton drapes nicely, it's comfortable, it's inexpensive, it's easy to work with.