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Blouse with woven strips of fabric – part 6 / finished

Let me first post a reminder of the original top that I was so inspired by.


Followed by my version (looking a bit tired and no make-up after a run earlier). I’ll let the pictures do most of the talking.

finished blouse

  Side blouse Front detail blouse side back

As mentioned earlier I used a water soluble layer under the strips. This is just before I cut most of it away. A little anxious moment as I was unsure how the strips would behave without the stabilizer to hold them together. As you can see in the pictures of the blouse on me, they hold well. A word of caution if you use the water soluble fabric: don’t use steam with your iron. I forgot at some point and immediately the layer started to dissolve (I press a lot during sewing and it irritates me to see the (altered) back dart not pressed well).
How it will be after laundry is another matter.Ironing will probably be a difficult task.

construction detail

Thank you all for the for the nice comments. Carmen, it really is a pity sometimes we all don’t live closer to each other, it would be so nice to be able to (get) help with fitting. Thank you for the link on the shoulder slope and I will definitely study it more closely later.

Laura Arhire asked “your shoulder seems to be a bit forward, but the shoulder seam doesn't point to your shoulder cap. Does that affect fit at all”. Yes, my shoulder is a bit forward, though it’s mostly my arm that tilts forward (or is that the same?) It does affect fit and perhaps I should even set in my sleeves a bit more forward. For the moment I’m satisfied with the sleeve in this blouse, but I do see room for improvement.


  1. So pretty - love the criss-cross style. It fits you beautifully.

  2. Beautiful!! You did a great job.

  3. Really interesting blouse. I was interested in the use of the water soluble backing.

  4. Love the strips...looks fabulous. Well done on this project!

  5. What a great result! Such a fun and interesting drafting project. Your interpretation of the design is spot on.

  6. This is one of the best sleeves I've seen you draft. The whole blouse looks fabulous! It's a great knock off! I am impressed that you saw a blouse you loved and were able to draft a pattern for it. That gives you such freedom to sew what you want. Sometimes I think that I spend more time looking for a pattern and altering than I would if I just drafted it myself!

  7. Absolutely brilliant! I loved reading about your process and the final product looks great!

  8. Wow, very cool structure with the woven strips. Turned out very similar to your inspiration!

  9. Sigrid, very well done!!! It's looking great.

  10. it´s so beautiful

    many greats


  11. Amazing job, it really looks just like the original inspiration.

  12. Heel erg mooi resultaat geworden, leuk om al de stappen gevolgd te hebben.

  13. This is a really beautiful blouse. Could you have used white silk organza as a stabilizer and just left it in, so it would maintain its shape after washing?

  14. I very rarely comment on anything but I must say thank you for posting this project. The your sleeves look much better than the inspiration (right length and seem to be more slender) and better without the back waist seam.
    I have a very old clipping of a dress with a woven insert. I think it may be time to try...
    Thank you so much

  15. I've so enjoyed reading your numerous posts on this project. The result is absolutely fabulous especially considering you drafted the pattern from a photo! This proves that you can make anything you dream. Karen

  16. Omigosh! What a triumph, Sigrid! Fabulous!

  17. You created a perfect copy! How lovely it looks on you.

  18. You really executed this design perfectly. Thanks for letting us share in the journey. It looks great on you and so unique.

  19. You knocked this one out of the ballpark!! Great job and I enjoyed following the journey!

  20. I am almost lost for words here.... This is sooo beautiful. No-one could ever tell this is not an original. It really shows how far you have come with your sewing skills. Enjoy wearing it!

  21. It has worked out so well. As good as the inspiration! And it fits beautifully.

  22. Wow..!! What a beautiful style, I like criss-cross design. This is wonderful and very smart. Looking very beautiful. Keep it up best work. Thanks for share with us nice style.

  23. Oh, this is so, so beautiful :-)!

  24. A take a deep bow for you....absolutely love this one!

  25. I am completely in awe with this blouse, it's a work of art!
    Well done Sigrid, BRAVO!!!

  26. Absolutely beautiful !!! Great job.


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