Finishing Touches

When we got home from our vacation today, there was a package waiting that contained fabric I’ll use to make Richard a couple of shirts, and the buttons I needed to finish off my blouse. Almost considered buying these novelty dogwood buttons instead of regular round ones, but maybe for another project.

Completed blouse--a little see-through

Completed blouse--a little see-through

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Determination

I’ve been determined to work through the mistakes I continued to make with the collar for this blouse. And this fabric–Kona cotton– has been determined to give me a hard time when attaching the collar to the rest of the blouse. Eventually, I won, and made my first collar!

Blouse with completed collar

Blouse with completed collar

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Interfacing Oops!

Read. Read. Read your instructions. Don’t skip any steps! (Unless you know what you’re doing, and clearly, I’m still new at this!) Last night, I stopped at JoAnn’s on my way home to gather some notions for my blouse, and other upcoming projects. One of the things I was missing was some interfacing that I didn’t think I needed until I started sewing on the front facing and the collar.

When I sat down to work on my blouse, I finished up the other sleeve, and cut out the interfacing that I needed for the pieces that were left. Unfortunately, it was then that I discovered that I needed interfacing for the cuffs that I had already stitched and slip-stitched to my sleeves! However, since this cotton is pretty stiff on it’s own, I’m not too worried about the cuff not holding it’s body. If I were using a different fabric, with more drape, I would be!

But I managed to get the front facing interfaced and sewn on:

Blouse with finished sleeves and interfacing

Blouse with finished sleeves and interfacing

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Sleeve-tastic!

Made a little bit of progress on my blouse tonight!  Gathering and slip-stitching are pretty time consuming, but this is about what three hours of work brought about:

One sleeve attached, the other ready to be sewn on

One sleeve attached, the other ready to be sewn on

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Cute Cotton Button-down

I wanted to make a shirt that would complement the skirt I had just made, so I picked up Butterick 4985, and decided to make style B.

Butterick 4985, Style B

Butterick 4985, Style B

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