I'm trying to sort out my craft space, and one of my goals is to finish off all of those WIPs/alterations/refashions that are hanging around. The Continental Blouse was at the top of my list - I love the fabric and we're just coming into the right season for wearing a long-sleeved top. And my wardrobe definitely needs some new items!
Although I'm only a little way into my clothes making journey compared to many I'm finding myself to be much more critical with the fit of my self-made clothes and honest about whether or not I will actually wear it once finished. If I can I will often check out finished items that other people have made and read through their comments and thoughts on the pattern construction and fit.
Before starting this top I'd read a few different reviews from people who had had made their size and had a brilliant fit whereas others commented that the next time they would probably go down a size. I also found this which actually meant I'd need to go up a couple of sizes which seemed crazy given the amount of ease there is in the pattern.
In the end I decided on a size 10, and I got pretty much most of it done in that first weekend and then everything ground to a halt: I made a couple of mistakes on the seam allowance, had some other commitments and to be honest I wasn't too happy with the fit and lost a bit of momentum.
I'm a bit of a naughty sewer and my finished top-to-be was also my muslin (gasp!) so once I tried it on I noticed a couple of things about the fit: around the hips it was fine but very swingy around my top half, the bust darts were a bit high up, the sleeves were very big and it felt quite snug under the arm. So I set to with the seam ripper and ended up making quite a few adjustments;
✿ Lowering the armstyce by 1/4" from the edge to the first marker
✿ Lowered the bust dart by 3/4" (I know that I've had 3 children but still, even in my teens I'm not sure that I was ever that....errr......pert!!!)
✿ Taking a 1/4" off the side seam from the underarm down to the waist
✿ Taking a 1/4" off the sleeve seam
✿ I also added a couple of inches to the length of the tunic and the sleeves
And this is how it ended up looking
Pattern::: Lisette Continental Blouse 2059, size 10
Fabric::: 2m of Swallows Grey by Katie Kandles (Cotton, £3.49pm)
Mods::: all detailed above
I am so pleased with it and glad I took the extra time to make all the adjustments: I feel really happy wearing it and can see myself getting lots of use from it over the coming autumn/winter (I'm a bit of a perfectionist, and knowing that there are still things that I could have done to make it fit better would just niggle me and it would have sat in the wardrobe unworn!)
Having figured out how to fit it properly I can see myself making more of these, maybe some plain with some detail on it (I've got an idea!) or out of a softer more fluid fabric. The only other amendments that I think I would make would be to cut a size 8 for the top middle section of the back - it has a very slight gape on this top - nothing horrendous but having it the next size down would just give an even better fit I think.
Now on to the next thing to clear my sewing decks, rather than starting the Lisette Portfolio Tunic which I'm desperate to try out!!!!
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