Monday, April 21, 2008

Last SWAP item

A second "Not your usual white shirt"






This is pattern 109 from BWOF 03/2008. Thank God for Christina, who made this blouse - here's her beautiful version - and warned us all that the hem of the cap sleeve cuts into your arm. At her advice, I cut the sleeve on the bias and it is quite alright.

What I like about this blouse is the very trendy design, the feminine shape, its versatility (it can be worn both outside or tucked in, with jeans or a dressy skirt). Oh and the eyelet from Julie is absolutely gorgeous. I have enough left for another blouse and I am really happy about it.

In case you make this pattern, a word of warning: the bias-cut belt is seriously shorter than the bodice, therefore when you pin it on the top, it won't lie flat. Don't worry, this is how it should be. When you wear the blouse, the belt cups your bust in a great way. It's very flattering. And not tight at all.

The blouse lying flat.



No inside fancy views for this one. It's just cleanly serged and that's it.

I love this top and see a lot of tops like this in my near future - I have some pieces of beautiful flowery viscose chiffon that would look great for this pattern, and I'm thinking of using batiste or nylon sheer for an underlining - doing it the "Hong Kong" way :) of course. See here what I mean if you're at my blog for the first time.

16 comments:

Vicki said...

What a cute top. It looks really complicated but now that you have explained about the tie, I see that is not the case.

Isabelle said...

It's gorgeous, Laura, as are all your fabulous SWAP items!
Bravo à toi, et gros bisous.

Summerset said...

Your version is great! I think I would have passed this one by, but after seeing yours, I'm keeping it in the back of my mind in case I need a cute quick top this summer.

toya said...

love the top, looks so cute on you

Shannon said...

I agree with Summerset - this top is now on my to-do list!

Lori said...

Very pretty top and gorgeous SWAP. Thanks for the tip on the bias for the sleeves.

cidell said...

I like the idea of bias cut and this is really cute. But, question: do you have to stabilize the sleeve hem at all to prevent it from stretching?

Beatrice said...

I love this top! And the fabric you used is just gorgeous!

Beatrice in Germany

paco peralta said...

Laura .- very beautiful version of this shirt. I very much like the material that has used this color and "radiant white." It is always a pleasure to see all your projects. Thanks. Best wishes. Paco

Nancy K said...

You don't ever disappoint! A wonderful imaginative swap. Well planned and executed. I am planning on making that last top, so thanks for the heads up! Of course, I will have to do a bit of pattern altering to get it to work for me.

kasizzle said...

Beautiful top!

christina said...

The eyelet is just lovely! Fabulous addition to your wardrobe.

Anonymous said...

I love the fabric. Is it possible to purchase it from an online fabric store? Thanks.

Simone

Karen said...

Wow, this top didn't get me before, but I love your version. Your entire swap is fabulous - most of us don't buy "basics" because they're boring; yours are anything but. Bravo.

Anonymous said...

Hi Laura,
just had to leave a comment to say wow!! Your collection is awesome! Thanks so much for all the fantastic information you provide on your website, I often have a look (you are certainly a prolific sewer!) and am inspired by all the little details you include. Reading your blog makes me want to improve the quality of my sewing. Keep up the great work!
Hugs,
Ingrid

Maja said...

Lovely top,romantic fabric..