Woo Hoo! Here’s a blouse I know I will wear many times.
This is the second Colette pattern I’ve sewn up, and I’m liking the patterns more with each one that I make. The fit is great. I cut a size 8 from the shoulders down to the waist and then graded to a size 12 from the waist to the hem (darn hips!). I did not make any pattern alterations. Here is a picture from the side where you can get a glimpse of the back ties:
I will definitely sew up this pattern again, but the one and only design change I will make will be to move those back ties up a couple inches so they are just below my bust line. In looking at these photos, I can see that would be a more flattering location for the ties.
The only detail I changed on this top is that I used my serger to make a narrow-rolled, lettuce hem. I used regular poly thread in the needle and lower looper and for some interest I used a DMC silver metallic thread in the upper looper. It is hard to see in these photos so here is a close up of the hem:
I always use French seams on sheer fabrics and this pattern is no exception. For the binding, I simply used a 100% quilter’s cotton that I had on hand. I initially thought it might be a little heavy for the neck binding and that it might “flop” down after it was applied, but I was wrong. It lays beautifully along the neck and is not too heavy or bulky at all.
|Inside finished seams
Now I must begin my fit muslin for the jeans class that I am in over at PatternReview.com
Published by Pamela Klingensmith
Sewing is my passion and I always have a notion to sew, but sometimes I get distracted with other crafty endeavors. I share my creative accomplishments (and sometimes failures) here on my blog. I am a licensed Martha Pullen beginning sewing instructor and serger instructor. For 5 years, I taught new owners how to use their Bernina sewing machines at my local Bernina dealer, and for 2 years I taught serger project classes at my local Baby Lock dealer. These days, my professional time is spent retailing handmade purse and bag making supplies and patterns. I also sell a small selection of fabric as well as my handmade bags and purses.
"The heart of man plans his way, but the LORD establishes his steps." Prov. 16:9
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5 thoughts on “Colette Sewing Handbook: Taffy Blouse”
Thank you so much.
Lovely! The lettuce hem is a nice touch. Good luck with the jeans. 🙂
I so love this look on you – just brilliant!!!
I just printed your post to put with my Colette book, this is a really helpful review and so pretty!