I made a new blouse yesterday! This is my third pleated blouse based on Burdastyle pattern 04/2013 size 36 with variation, I inserted the elastic in the hemline.
I make the experiment on my second blouse that I didn't blog about it and I love how it turned-out. I wore it last Friday to match with my 3/4 pants to participate MMM'14 day 16.
The picture below is old version of my second blouse, taken in the local market last year when I participated MMM'13 day 18. The blouse is exactly like the original pattern :)
The picture below is a new version of my second blouse with elastic inserted in the hemline. This picture taken in Old Taipa Village - Macau last Friday for MMM'14 day 16.
And today I am testing the blouse, I am wearing it the whole day and I like it. I didn't sweat so much even it was a very hot day.
The sewing process:
- It is very easy and fast. After I cut all the fabric pieces and fuse the fusible interfacing on the wrong side of the facing, I pleated and pin the front piece exactly on the mark of pattern instruction then stitch it, so the pleated will stay in place.
- Then I sew the front and back piece right sides together at the shoulder. I sew the front and back facing right sides together. Iron it and sew the raw edge using my overlocker machine. After that, I sew the facing on to the neckline right side together. Clips the edges, turn it inside the blouse and topstitching the way around the neckline
- After the neckline done, I sew the front and back blouse at the sides. But don't forget to stop the stitching in the mark of the armhole ( I hope you understand what I mean ). Then stitch around the armhole.
- The last work is insert the elastic in the blouse bottom. I sew the hem allowance 1.5 cm and leave 3 cm open to insert the elastic. I used 1 cm wide elastic x 78 cm long ( my waist measurement). Then I inserted the elastic inside the hemline, tight them in the end and sew the opening area. Done! I hope you understand what I mean :) Here are the two pictures of how I inserted the elastic and the result,
And more pictures of the new blouse,
The last picture was taken this morning in front of my son school. I am wearing me-made outfit for MMM'14 day 19 - my new blouse and an old self-drafted shorts :)