Monday, April 9, 2012

Pattern markings

In the latest Threads issue is an interview with Sandra Betzina. One of the questions is what sewing advice she can give the readers. The answer: “Transfer the pattern markings to your fabric. I see people shortutting that, and it causes problems later”.

I could relate to that, only the evening before I read this I had sewn a collar wrong because of the missing markings. I was pinning the collar to the blouse and was wondering how I could have so much excess fabric:

I hadn’t marked the notch and even had sewn the collar on the wrong side!! Topstitched and all and I hadn’t noticed. Says something of the state of mind?

The error could be corrected, I had a bit of fabric left and cut a new collar. The pattern is from the Ottobre 2/2006, pattern number 4. This is a wearable muslin. I used a remnant piece of fabric from another blouse I made. Next time I will make the shoulders a bit smaller. There’s also too much space in the front armhole. A problem I have often with sleeveless garments. On the sorbetto top I changed there as well.

Those strange wrinkles in the back, also seen more often on my blouses. Think that making the shoulder less wide might solve a bit.

It’s a nice pattern for a summer blouse. It sews up quickly (if you don’t have to sew a collar twice), so I might try it again with another fabric.


  1. I love blouse necklines like this and they are so hard to find.
    Try pulling up the end of the shoulder and see if this eliminates the wrinkles. I find that I have these on my low shoulder side.

  2. Lovely neckline, very flattering and easy to wear on hot days while still looking elegant!

    I can relate to those markings, I often go back to the pattern to see if I got them all. Don't you love Ottobre magazine? Just recently discovered them and I love their fitting and the way the photograph their models; maybe not always flattering but you can see what the pattern looks like on a real person. (Burda anyone?)

  3. What a great top! A classic white button down but comfortable for summer with no sleeves. I am bad about transferring markings, I'm not sure I'll ever learn my lesson.