Hi everyone, just wanted to share my almost finished new creation and also to ask your opinions?
This blouse is something I have wanted to make for a while, because it’s got a retro, 40’s esque shape and a great feature (peplum) to help hide my worst feature (tummy) when I wear pencil shirts, and also, because it’s a novelty print that I love!
I think I’ll be making more vintage shaped garments with modern printed fabrics because I reckon it makes them really interesting and with things like peplums it stops them from looking like every other persons peplum blouse that you see around lately (damn you, current fashion trends)
So onto construction; I started with a basic bodice block that I drafted, lowered the back into a really deep “V” shape and added a 6-inch peplum which I essentially drafted as a circle skirt and lined the back split together with the bodice for the zipper, which I hand sewed in. I actually sewed the peplum on backwards(with the right side of the print facing inwards), so my seam ripper had a good time with the project.
I also made some bias from a random scrap of powder blue chiffon I had lying around and put that around the neck hole for some contrast and a nice finish.
The sleeves have been the bane of this project for me! I can’t decide what I want to make! At the moment they are just temporary mini flounce with a semi circle of the fabric, which is set in just like a regular sleeve. What I am thinking is to make a 1/2 length cuffed sleeve and finish the cuff edges off in the bias tape, but I worry that with the peplum and the busy-ness of the fabric that it may just be too many focal details and get a bit messy, so any input you may have would be well recieved.
The fabric is a nicely weighted Poly-cotton that I got for a steal on eBay and I have about a metre of it left, so I can really do anything with the sleeves as I have enough fabric.
What do you think? and what would you do with the sleeves?