One Hour Blouse, So What D'Ya Think?

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

The weekend started off with a drastic drop in temperature (a sharp change of 20F or 13C) which resulted in my whole little family feeling rather crummy on Sunday after spending a cold windy day at the soccer fields on Saturday.  Monday morning -- need I say more? In order to amp up my sewing mojo, I turned to Seamwork.  The premise behind Seamwork magazine by default is to provide sewing articles but included in the subscription is a couple of patterns in each issue.  The patterns are beginner friendly and usually take 3-4 hours or less -- that is from start to finish. The September issue focused on simple staples and feature a simple blouse pattern and a track pant.  The Akita blouse is just one pattern piece that can be made in one hour.  That is a lot of ones…the one hour part sold me.

Size: Small

2 yards Slate Blue Swiss-dot
Coats and Clark Blue polyester thread
Double fold bias tape

I will admit that I did not time myself.  An hour is a probably accurate for an efficient seamstress.  I am not the paramount of efficiency when it comes to sewing.  I like to take my time and I tend to have distractions (“Mom, I’m hungry” ….” ”Annie – have you seen….?”).  Akita took me a couple of hours from start to finish.   Taping and cutting a pdf pattern always channels a bit of grumbling but the sewing is straightforward. 
While the one pattern piece is novel, I could probably hack it down the middle and cut on the fold to minimize the amount of fabric used.  I used a swiss-dot in slate blue as it was in my stash.  The pattern definitely needs lightweight fabrics with drape.  Meg form Cookin and Craftin made a beautiful version out of batik.  I love how her sleeves turned out.

My sleeves are not nearly as fluttery, but I like the end result.   If I am being critical, then here are a few complaints:
  • It pulls in the shoulder area a tad.  Nonetheless, it is an easy sew and you have a top within a couple of hours.  
  • Meg also noted that the pattern is long.  While it is a tunic with side vents, I do agree that it is a little longer than I would like.  Keep that in mind if you plan to sew this.  
  • There is also room in the waist area and it tapers out ever so slightly around the hips.  I could use more cinching at the waist and flaring at the hips (That is because I have a small bust and no shape).  It is a classic boxy shape.  That kind of shape does not work on all body types. 

I used some packaged bias tape (I admit to laziness). And finished the neckline with a decorative stitch.  My machine has what seems like 100 different stitches therefore I randomly choose one to use, especially on solid color projects.  It is very subtle and special.   Most people will never notice but I kind of like it.

This is an unfussy top.  One pattern piece!?!  A good one to wear with a skirt or over jeans for errands.  I want to try my hand at the Moji pant pattern.  This is a rift on the track pants trend but it is drafted for wovens.  I happen to like the cuffs at the bottom of the pant.  That is low on my queue -- I have a Washi in the works!

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