Saturday, March 22, 2008

Sneak Peek

The blouse is coming along. If the sewing continues to go well, I'll have it done this afternoon. Well, except for buttons which I have yet to buy. I'll bring a swatch of the fabric to the store with me, but I'm already thinking that I'll end up with very basic white-ish buttons because, again, the fabric is telling me to keep it simple. I'm also thinking of covering one button to see how that looks.

The next thing to do is to decide how long I want the blouse to be so I can incorporate the button placket/facing into the hem at the center front corners. Then it's on to the collar and stand.

Ah, the button placket … See anything weird going on there?

This is something I'd never point out in real life, but since you're all sewing with me, I'll come clean. ;-)

In hindsight I obviously wasn't thinking too clearly when I originally decided to cut the plackets on the bias, thinking how nice the stripes would look on the diagonal. Well, that was a good thought, except when the button placket is to be attached to bib sections that are already on the bias. With the placket and the bib on the bias, the whole front would look lopsided since the diagonals would chevron off-center. Oops. And double oops because by first cutting two plackets on the bias, I really limited what I had left for usable scraps.

Luckily, I had enough to cut one placket on the lengthwise grain and since only the outermost placket will be the visual focus (and the store was closed), I decided I could get away without buying more fabric. So I have one straight and one on the bias. We'll call it a Design Feature, and move on.


  1. That's so pretty, Debbie. I think you figured out a clever way to cover up an oops - as usual. I also think covered buttons might look really nice. What if you did them in a solid, matching pink instead of the patterned pink?

  2. Debbie, you feeling OK? This is the tamest fabric I've seen you purchase. Not that I don't like it, pink being one of my favourite colours, just was surprised that you chose it for you. Looking forward to seeing you model it.

  3. Amy M in Indiana2:42 PM, March 22, 2008

    I'm really enjoying watching this blouse come along --I really like it! I'm even considering using this pattern with a striped fabric I'm about to buy! I really like the fabric you've chosen --and I think the "oops" is just fine --yeah, I doubt the rest of the non-sewing world will ever notice it!

  4. Ohmygosh Debbie that is looking so good! Are you looking for a pink button or a plain white one?

  5. Nice save on the placket! It's a good thing you had enough left over to cut a new one. It's looking very pretty. I love the fabric.

  6. The blouse is so nice and I think the two different plackets look really good. I would never have thought to do something like that but really like the look. I am a bit partial to the covered buttons but I am sure your blouse would lend itself nicely to some buttons on a card as well. We have such little button selection where I live, if I don't just luck up on some in the stash or at a Walmart that will do I am out of luck. mssewcrazy

  7. I love this! I can't wait to see the final pictures! And I'm so glad to see that you make "oops's" too - makes the rest of us feel like we're not alone (at least, speaking for myself)!

    Happy Easter!

  8. I'm on the verge of being super jealous. super. jealous.

  9. No one would notice the non-matching chevron if you didn't point it out. The stripes are subtle enough that it isn't that easy to see. Now if it was a big honkin' black and white stripe, that would be another thing.... As my mother would say, "No one will notice on a trottin' horse." (I have no idea where she got that saying, but she used it a lot--so do I.)

  10. Debbie, your blouse looks super. I can hardly wait to see you model it.

  11. Yes, this is quite feminine and oh so pretty! I think I would try the covered buttons first and go from there if those don't do it for you.

    I was in a pink mode last year and have no idea why since it's an unusual color for me. I think it's usually a very becoming color on most folks, too. I can't wait to see how this looks on you!



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