My mom is always lamenting that she can never find nice blouses for a reasonable price at the mall.
So, I brought material from home down to Florida with me. After a run to Joann’s we picked out this Vogue 8120 blouse pattern (they were on sale this week).
I figured making her a blouse was a fair trade off for all the stuff I’ve lifted on this trip (digital camera, vintage pink pyrex casserole, off set spatula, slippers, potato masher….).
Instead of a muslin we did a quick pin fit. Man, I wish I could pin fit myself! What a time saver! I took two inches of width out the back, made a two inch swayback adjustment for her and added two inches at the front waist.
The silk is a black and blue crossweave from Fabric Mart. This silk frays badly and needs to be underlined for structural reinforcement. I’ve had garments from this type of material before that have ripped just from looking at it. This underlining gives it a beefier feel. Kind of like an unstructured jacket.
And, because I have no serger or zig zag machine in Florida, I was forced to sew French seams. I say ‘forced’ because in 20 years of sewing I’ve not made a single functional French seam.
Christina was so troubled by this that when I invited myself to her place in Seattle two years ago she literally sat me down to show me how they are made. It’s a pretty way to finish the seams. I even did them around the arm hole.
I used fabric selvedge along the biasy edges of the bodice. This gave me something to ease the fullness onto and keeps it from stretching out.
I made small ties on the inside to tie on the left.
And, my mom had this brooch since their time in Korea and added it to the top.
My mom asked if I was going to make her something every time I visited. I didn’t respond.
Here’s my dad inspecting my work. Honestly, I’m not sure he realized I actually knew how to sew, LOL. He told me ‘good job’. I suspect I’ll have to make something for him next.
I also bought another pattern for a skirt. But, I feel the need to sit around the pool on my last day here and do nothing. I hear it’s raining at home and there was a tornado warning. Plus, I had the asinine idea of leaving here at 7:00 a.m. so I could be at work around 10:00 on Monday. Which of course means I have to get up at 4:30. It seemed like a good idea at the time.