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Afternoon Blouse

The first thing I made when I created my new sewing space was an afternoon blouse. You see it here after I wore it for a whole day so it's pretty wrinkled. :-(



This pattern really is an afternoon blouse, it took me roughly 4 hours to make, complete with assembling the pattern (over two days though). I did somewhat cheat by pinking the seams instead of doing something else to finish them, which saved some time. The fabric is a cotton lawn I think - bought from Sew Over It in London.

I didn't make any alterations this time around, but I think I will next time - for one, the bib issue is back, which makes me believe I have a short torso. You can see the marks after wearing it in this pic:



The V-neck is also a bit gaping in this version, but I managed to fix it by creatively arranging the overlapping sides :-) Now it looks OK but it's not perfect.

On the bright side, I don't seem to need an FBA in this blouse (no fabric moving up above the bust area), and I definitely didn't need a sway back adjustment, which is pretty good and very unexpected. I can also move my hands in front of me - I guess the kimono sleeves give me more back room. I'll put together a new, unmodified Laurel and compare the back to the Afternoon Blouse to test out this theory :-)

Wearability score: 10/10

Comments

  1. This is really nice! I like how your folding looks actually, it makes the blouse look a lot more modern and looks nice with the triangle by the button. Nice work!

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    1. Thank you! Modern was what I was going for - I think this is a pretty forgiving pattern.

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  2. I really like this! Good job with that tricky neckline!

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  3. Thank you! I really like it as well, it's certainly entered my clothes rotation!

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