Wednesday, March 7, 2018
Long Sleeved Blouse with Neckline Tie
This is a nice top for transitioning from Winter to Spring. Depending on the fabric and trim you choose this top can easily be dressed up or down. My version in rayon knit with lace sleeves is definitely ready for warmer weather.
Pattern Drafting Hints:
This is the second Lutterloh pattern this year that has sewn up too big for me. Not an issue really since the seams can just be taken in but notable in that it might be something to look out for on my next few projects. I've taken new measurements (smaller than last year) so it's not likely that's the problem. I'll report back if this starts to feel like a trend.
Other than the issue with perhaps too much ease for my taste this pattern draws up in a pretty straight forward fashion.
This rayon/lycra print was part of an apparel collection at JoAnn's Fabrics at some time. I ended up with the remnant at the end of the bolt. The one yard piece wasn't quite enough to squeak out the sleeves so I used an equally stable stretch lace. The lace sleeves are what relegate this top to a transition piece. Those sleeves don't offer much protection from the cold!
This pattern does not specifically suggest a stretch fabric but I would suggest one with some drape to it. The tie opens plenty wide enough to fit this over your head so a woven could be used.
There were no significant design changes to this top pattern. I did use a double faced satin ribbon for the neck tie and omitted the sleeve cuffs in favor of elastic in a casing. The only major difference to my version is that I had to take mine in by 1/2" on each side seam. I had already cut the fabric with no seam allowances to compensate for my stretch fabric but it was still too shapeless. Mine looks closer to the model's now with the extra ease taken out.
I see a lot of potential in this top pattern. The shape is basic but with enough interest at the neckline to make it your own in lots of different fabrics. A shiny or glittery fabric could really send this over the top or just make some up in thin T-shirt knit and self ties for a twist on your basic tee.
I'll definitely be stashing this pattern away for jazzing up my basic T shirt wardrobe. There's no need to wear boring tees when patterns like this one take just a couple of extra steps.
Happy sewing to you all,
Ann in Calif.
Posted by Ann in Calif. at 4:39 PM