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Blouse with woven strips of fabric – part 3

Good progress in my opinion. I’ve closed the center back pleat and have sewn the darts as well. Still a little bit too much space as the result of making the body sloper wider. This style of back suits me better than the wide one of the inspiration piece. The main attractive feature is the front(as Vicki commented too’). I’ll make a back that I like better.
For the sleeves I reverted back to Suzy Furrer’s class. The result is so much better now. A little pleat in the back and I will see what happens there when I pin a bit of space out of the back. For those doing Suzy’s classes: it makes a difference how you draft your curves around the square size, the N-T and N-M lines. I had to flatten the upper curve but of course that depends on the pattern you’re making and your figure. Just something to consider when you’’re working on it.
A few tweaks and then I hope to be ready to finalize the pattern.  It’s a fun project.
side back side sleeve
Thank you for the comments letting me know that you like these posts. I know there is little time in a day and don’t comment myself as much as I used to do. Reading blogs on my phone is a great way to keep up to date, but it’s the worst platform to comment (I don’t like typing on my phone, it’s so slow (being used to typing without having to look at the keyboard) and errors are easily made. So I really appreciate if you take time to comment and even (like Renee on my last post) to give tips and advice on drafting. Thank you Renee! She mentioned that the original has a dropped shoulder and I’m aware of that, but choose not to make the shoulder dropped.


  1. I'm a regular reader (typically on my phone) but don't comment a lot.

    Just chiming in with a "me too" on finding your drafting/drafting process posts fascinating. I've just started Suzy's class series on Craftsy (starting with the skirt sloper), and I really aspire to be where you're at with drafting for myself at some point in the future.

  2. Just another 'me too' to finding this fascinating. I hope to soon be at the point of being able to add interesting details to already fitting bodices and these are a tremendous source of inspiration and information.

    Thank you very much.

  3. That looks much nicer doesn't it? When I get to Suzi's sleeve class I must remember your tip!

  4. I am another who likes to read but doesn't often comment as I'm just getting back into sewing, but I just wanted to say how great it is to see your process! Its what I'm really interested in and its great to see how you go about creating special details in your clothes. Its always great to be reminded that it can take time and a number of trials to get it just right (its easy to get disheartened when it feels like everyone else is able to whip up perfectly fitted clothes in an afternoon!) Very inspirational!

  5. Another "me too". I want to take Suzi's classes as well and will as soon as the next deal comes through on Craftsy. I have heard nothing but positives about them and how valuable they have been. Thanks for sharing.

  6. Another "me too". I want to take Suzi's classes as well and will as soon as the next deal comes through on Craftsy. I have heard nothing but positives about them and how valuable they have been. Thanks for sharing.

  7. Another lurker uncloaking. I really appreciate the way you're changing the inspiration to suit you. That's a big part of why I sew.

  8. Me too! I always read on my phone so commenting is a bit hard. I am hearing amazing things about these classes, I might go and buy them!

    I have a question about your muslin: 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?

  9. Beautiful, as all you sew. It is a pity we do live so far from each other, because I would have loved to help you fitting the back. -:)!
    I read a lot about fitting. I think you would like this posting about the shoulder slope, how to use an app on the iPhone and what to do with the angle you get. It is in English as well. (two parts).
    I love your blog. Carmen


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