I’ve finally been able to photograph a number of items I’d made for Daughter No2 this year. I’ll try not to do it all in one go! This first project is a top I made back in March, she’d marked it as interesting back in 2018 – February, to be precise. The pattern is the Layered Back Blouse 111 from Burda February 2018. She bought the fabric, an off white cotton with white spots, from Croft Mill Fabrics. They’ve since sold out of that fabric, but it’s the right sort of weight, it has some body but is lightweight enough to cope with lots of layers. This is a petite pattern, but we decided to make it up without any adjustment, having taken a finished back measurement and pronouncing it a suitable length.
The pattern is relatively easy to make, the magazine has detailed instructions for this blouse, so it’s easy for a non-experienced sewist to construct the front placket. We eliminated the piping and I sewed the sleeve bands on the inside, rather than on the outside.
The back, while looking tricky is ok if you make sure you have marked the stitching line on the back carefully. I trimmed the seam allowance of the flounce piece to 7mm and overlocked the raw edge, before folding it over to align with the stitching line. I then pinned (with the pins in the stitch line) the flounce onto the stitching line, making sure the matching points were lined up. I think that’s the only tricky part – stitching slowly and slightly stretching the fabric to get around the corners and not get any tucks.
Daughter No2’s favourite part is not just one. She loves the wide sleeves, the wavy back – naturally, and the front placket. The fabric is cool and light and being white, she can – and does – wear it with everything! She’s had a few compliments while out and about in it, and has therefore decided she’d like another, and has earmarked a piece of black broiderie anglaise we bought while in South Africa. But – she also wants a pair of shorts with that fabric, so I’ll be cutting the two out together just to be sure there’s enough fabric! Fingers crossed…