Thursday, May 21, 2009

Criss-Cross Blouse

Months ago I read Ann Smith's review of a delightful blouse on Pattern Review and knew I had to make that blouse! Tracking down the Japanese pattern book it came from was a bit of a task, but one happy day it arrived in the post and I was set! I transferred the pattern to butcher paper and took the whole shebang over to Kinko's and had them enlarge it 135%. C'est tout. I did nothing else to the pattern because I figured I would just make a muslin of sorts and see how well it fit as is with no alterations. The fabric I chose was a rich red poly chiffon with a directional black sheen. I bound the edges with bias strips of the poly chiffon and placed a few tiny buttonholes down the front placket.



















The way the fabric drapes in a criss-cross on the back was exquisite, but the front still looked frumpy. Nevertheless I wore it to high tea at the Empress Hotel with my dear friend JoAnn in Victoria last November, having nothing better to put on. Oh, poor, poor me.















Hmmm, must redraft the front....

4 comments:

Els said...

The back looks stunning. Nice pic of you and your friend.

Tini said...

The back is really nice. It's totally worth re-drafting the front. The haircut is awesome too!

karin said...

I´ve heard of this book too! do you have an ISBN number for me.

Annika said...

Hi Karin,

The ISBN is #4579111443 and the book is called Making Clothes. I found it at www.yesasia.com.

http://www.yesasia.com/us/making-clothes-converting-2d-cloth-into-3d-works-with-paper-pattern/1004839295-0-0-0-en/info.html