Sunday, March 9, 2014

Sew a Garment a Month Entry

Lekala 5425

My plan for March 2014 is a fitted blouse with contrasting yokes, collar and a slot seam on the cuff.
I will not be making it western style. I will remove the points on the yokes and adding a sleeve placket. I also will be making it longer and maybe making the collar a bit smaller and the band a bit wider. I have never made a fitted blouse before so truly this is a March Challenge.
My other challenge will be the front band and its edge stitching. I plan on making some sort of jig to press to so I can get the straight and even. Same for the sleeve plackets.
Lekala 5425
Lekala 5425


My Inspiration
Lekala 5425I have never made a slot seam so I thought I would give it a try with the contrasting floral fabric. The fabric is 100% cotton shirting from Stone Mountain & Daughter in Berkeley

Friday, March 7, 2014

Sew here I am

I have a revived new interest in my life. Sewing
I want to sew advanced level, I am not advanced. In order to get there I will be buying books, taking classes and learning what I can off the internet.
The internet has proven to be a great source for lots of different techniques.

 I really doubt I will ever be considered advanced and don't expect it. But, I can try.

Before I start a new project I work out the steps on paper then search for several different ways to get to the result I want.

Today I am getting ready to make a fitted blouse. I have never sewn a fitted blouse, not only that, I have only one in the closet. I will be looking closely at its construction as I move along.

I will be using another Lekala Pattern 5425, the one I choose is a western look but only in the yokes, which I have removed.

Pretty sexy number, I won't be wearing it like this.
I added 3 inches to the length and a cuff with a sleeve placket. I also shortened the collar by .5". I might make the front band narrower.

Why did I pick this pattern if I am changing it so much? I like its fit and the front neck area.
The other things are very simple changes, I don't think I could change the front neck or the fit.

Hopefully I will have this blouse ready to wear in 3 weeks. Yes, I am slow.