Saturday, 15 October 2016

The Keyhole Blouse, sans keyhole!

Sewing is looking up for me at the moment. My sewing room is tidy and inviting, and I am occasionally finding time to squeeze in bits of sewing for myself.


I got the Keyhole Blouse pattern free with Love Sewing magazine and loved the style. It felt very me, and I made it up quickly a couple of months ago with some very old stash fabric, you can see it here. Without a black cami underneath, though, it is a bit indecent due to the keyhole! This time I decided to get rid of the keyhole altogether.





I also added an extra 1.5cm all around to raise the height of the neckline. It now doesn't feel so exposing and is a good height for a statement necklace. Really happy with the result.

I started this make over the holidays, but it was quickly abandoned after forgetting to centre the swans when cutting out! But my lovely IG friends convinced me to carry on, and I am glad I did. It wasn't plain sailing even then: after setting the sleeves, it was straining at the back armscyle.
All fixed thankfully.

I should add that this was probably caused by me, as I did a small shoulder adjustment (the toile top was very big on the shoulders). I was therefore extremely grateful to two Instagram friends, Anne, aka "new_vintage_sewing", and "morrissews", who talked me through how to rescue my top. This basically involved removing the pleats from the back bodice. Now, it fits perfectly.

 Plenty of room now for movement.


The other difficult bit was trying to make bias binding with such fine slippy fabric. But I got around that by blasting my strips of bias with spray starch; they then folded and pressed neatly into shape.  I am glad - the binding is a nice feature of the blouse.


The fabric was bought from Fabricland over the summer holidays and is viscose, which is a fabric I love to wear.  My only concern is whether the feature pleats make me look like I am pregnant?


Even if it does, I shall wear it as I think it's really pretty. If I make another version, though, I think I may stick to style B without the pleats. I have a pretty floral poly crepe bought from TMOS that would make a nice version to wear out for Xmas drinks.

11 comments:

  1. I think it looks great - well worth persevering with it. You don't look pregnant at all and I love the swans!

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  2. Stunning! I love the fabric. I think the style is spot on and I agree with Sewingsu -- you don't look pregnant!!

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    1. Thanks, I really like how it swishes!

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  3. I love this print. You definitely don't look pregnant! I am glad you persevered with this top it's lovely.

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    1. Yes it would have been sad to throw it away. Funny how you can get so het up over things that don't matter!

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  4. What a lovely top! I'm so glad you went back to this one! It's funny you had to raise the neckline so much though as the pattern drawings make it look like the neckline is about the height of yours - the drawings can be quite deceptive sometimes can't they.

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    1. Actually although the line drawings have a reasonable neckline I seem to remember the photos in the magazine were low.

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  5. No, you don't look pregnant! A very pretty top - it's well worth persevering when something goes wrong - at least you will have something to wear and the fabric and effort are not wasted. I have to remind myself of that from time to time.

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  6. Thanks Sarah Liz, it makes me feel happy that I did not give up.

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  7. I love the fabric and it is a relaxed fun top. I often worry about tops that are loose around the middle, but if the fabric is not heavy I think the material moves with the body and avoids the "possibly five months gone" look.

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    1. agreed and this is lovely and swishy!

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