Some of you have been waiting for the finished “Girl Friday” blouse with the 3 collars from Decades of Style. So how about some photos up close?
The directions were basic with basic drawings and things were stated to finish seams as you like…great…so it was up to me as to whether I serged or whipped stitch on all the raw edges and what to do with bias binding facings. The collars were stacked and topstitched with 3 rows of hand stitching…nice if you have the time and sewing for yourself. My client wanted just one row of machine stitching. Here is the backside of the collar section: The right side face up.
Once attached to the blouse, you are instructed to attach the back neck facing and then a bias strip 1.5 inches wide from center front to shoulder seam. Then fold it under…and then what? I trimmed the neckline seams to 1/4 inch and then wrapped them with the bias strip and pinned them to the blouse. All this lump will be covered by the collars. As we work our way down the front you have to make a decision where the collars have to spread out where they are joined together. I opted to make them flat and serged and ended the bias binding folded under. Here is a close-up of where the bias binding goes under the back neck facing. I interfaced that piece with batiste and serged the edges flat. Did you know that if you want to buy plain old batiste at JoAnn’s it is called Daphne? Why?
How about the invisible zipper at the hem? Well I flipped the raw edges up to form a small seam and then they are clean finished and encase the end of the tape. My client was happy with the olive green pull tab as yellow was too bright and they don’t make them in gold…bummer. The hem is just 5/8 inch and topstitched in place.
The finished blouse with shoulder pads and narrow hemmed sleeves. The collars lay flat and the extended waist darts will flatter my client. Do I recommend this pattern? Yes, but make a muslin first if you want to drop those sleeves to cover your arms.
A few more photos to share before I leave…brides…they come in all sizes and these 2 dresses tell the story: Seamstresses have to make all sizes of brides look their best and flatter their figures so imagine taking a size O and removing 6 inches from the side seams and hemming it up almost 12 inches while letting out a size 22 in the side seams and adding a corset 6 inches wide. One bride is 4 feet 10 inches tall and tiny, the other 5 feet 8 and plus sized but both will be beautiful on their special day.
Look what I found in the veggie patch yesterday….lots of Japanese eggplant for the bar-be-que and peppers and onions for omelets!
Happy sewing everyone!