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BWOF 06-2008-107

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The blouse was finished on Monday evening. At the moment the European football (soccer) championship is being held, and on Monday evening the Dutch team played. To be honest: I couldn't care less, but DH and children are following along closely. By the time the match was finished and the endless talk on television came to an end ("we" won from leading world champion Italy), my  blouse was finished and the review on PR written. My idea of a good time.

This is a well drafted pattern, I changed the length in the waist and did a small FBA. Certainly will make it again. Here are a few extra pictures of the sleeve.

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For turning the collar I used a collar clamp, which I ordered with Sew Exciting, together with samples of interfacing (great quality, as mentioned by some on the internet before). After some practise on scraps I used the following method for the clamp, which is a bit different than described on the Sew Exciting website. I find that there is too much of the collar to hold the point firmly.

blouse 012 Cut off the seam allowance of the point
blouse 014 Fold seam allowance over each other and take them in the clamp tool. The "jaws" lock, so that both of your hands are free to turn, while the seams on the point are held in place.
blouse 015 Collar is turned (this was only a practice piece, not my real collar).
blouse 017 Result of point after turning and pressing.

Comments

  1. I'm just like you: I sewed while the rest of the family watched the Superbowl. (My sewing area is part of our family room.)

    This blouse is so professional-looking and stylish. I liked your clamp tutorial. thanks!

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  2. Very lovely blouse! The fabric is beautiful!

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  3. Very pretty blouse! I love the fabric!
    Thank you for the clamp tutorial. That's a nice sharp corner on the practice collar.

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  4. I love it! Your fabric is GORGEOUS!!

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  5. Perfect! Just right for summer and looks great on you!

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  6. Sigrid .- Congratulations. This pattern is so wonderful with this original fabric. Thanks for the explanation about sewing neck. best wishes. Paco

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  7. Very pretty blouse, it is on my to-do list and I ordered collar turning tool yesterday from Pam.

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  8. This looks so nice! This is on my list when my June Burda gets here. Sometimes it takes a while to get to Alaska. :(

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  9. Add me to the list: I couldn't care less about football while I have my sewing to do!

    I absolutely ADORE your blouse!

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  10. Cute blouse.
    I still waiting to GET my BWOF June issue -- grumble, grumble-- and I don't live in Alaska!
    Hmmmm. wonder if it got lost in the mail.

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  11. I just got this issue on Saturday, finally! I really like your blouse and I am intrigued by those clamps. I'll have to go a take a look.

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  12. lovely top, and that notion looks very useful! I hear you on the football, I'm delighted that England didn't qualify!!

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  13. That top is sooooo kewl...I especially love the sleeves!

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  14. Lovely blouse and such a beautiful print!

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  15. What a beautiful blouse, the print is gorgeous! It fits you so well.

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  16. What a great blouse. I've been away from my sewing machine for a while but this makes me anxious to get back to it!

    I need to place an interfacing order with Sew Exciting. I think I may have to pick up one of those collar clamps...

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  17. This blouse had turned out lovely! Much better outcome that the football!

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