How can it be the end of 2013?! This year has flown by and I feel very blessed to be part of the Mood Sewing Network. I know my sewing skills have grown tremendously, new techniques have been tried and fabulous fabrics from Mood Fabrics have been used.
As I was planning my next Mood project, I realized my wardrobe was lacking a silk blouse. That led to my next project using Anna Sui Blue Sapphire Silk Jacquard. I went through several pattern options and selected Simplicity 1779, view E with the neck ruffle….
…and the long sleeves with the small cuffs.
I had to make a few alterations to this pattern: lengthen the body and sleeves by 1″, lower the bust dart, and I changed the full dart in the back to a fisheye dart. The dart in the back of the blouse was all the way to the hem. This made the blouse a bit too tight through the hips, so I just changed up the dart. I think this was due to my fabric shifting while cutting, I should have used paper to sandwich the slippery silk fabric while cutting. This is one of those things I would tell my daughters—do as I say not as I do. I will know next time to use the paper! I did use my rotary cutter and ruler to cut the front band and cuffs to keep the fabric very straight.
I love the color of this blouse. It will go with so many things and the ruffle just dresses up the blouse. The silk fabric stitched beautifully and was easy to sew.
I hope your 2014 is filled with beautiful fabric, wonderful patterns and your bobbins are always full!
Happy New Year!!!