Thursday, September 11, 2014
Behind the Seams: Silk Blouse
Everytime with a new make I get many ideas about blog posts I can write: tutorials, behind-the-seam images, reviews... And, yet, daily life claims most of my time. The same here, in half an hour hour children will be picked up from the school, they will need lunch and then some company. Sewing time was also cancelled today due to grocery shopping, unpacking and just getting sucked in into the housewife routine. I am looking at the modest beginnings of my next project and wonder when am I going to complete it... So before I get on this bigger project, I thought I'd post detail shots of my recently made silk blouse as I promised couple of weeks ago.
As you see, there are only two side seams, which I worked as french seams.
The neckline and the back slit are bound with bias strips.
A narrow hem is used to finish the hem and the sleeves. It is stitched using three stitching lines, the way Susan Khalje teaches. But three stitching lines produce a somewhat stiff hem. I usually stitch the first line with larger stitch length setting (same as for machine basting) and remove the thread after the second stitching line is made.
Bias binding on the neckline and the back placket. The placket is very soft and that makes it curve a little and appear a uneven. However, it is mostly quite straight )
The placket is made using instructions from Claire Shaeffer's Couture Sewing Techniques with some modifications. Her tutorial is good, but lacks more detail and better step-by-step illustration. So, if there is some demand, I'll be happy to post a tutorial.
Have you worked with slits and plackets? Do you think they are challenging, or do you know an easy method that produces good results? Do share!