Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Me Made May Pledge and Georgette Blouse

I've enjoyed following the Me-Made-May challenge on the blogosphere in the past and this year I decided to take part. The only problem is that by May it's HOT here in Austin and my me-made wardrobe has more transitional weather pieces so I can't commit to wearing sometime handmade each day, but I think 4 pieces a week is a good challenge. So here we go:

I, Olga of the, sign up as participant of Me-Made-May '16. I endeavor to wear 4 handmade garments each week for the duration of May 2016.

Speaking of summer garments, I recently finished up this silk georgette shell.
Sewing handmade light blue silk georgette shell blouse with cowl neck

Georgette silk is light with nice drape and I got this particular fabric from FabricMart last year. It took me a long time to make the top because I was initially going to make the Colette Sorbetto shell, but the drape of the silk was so pretty I quickly changed my mind and decided that a cowl neck would look a much nicer. I didn't have any patterns that would work so I did some digging online for cowl neck tutorials. I made some drafting mistakes the first time around and ended up with muslin where the neck came up way too high. Once I finally got the cowl pretty close, I started playing around with extending the piece so I could self line the whole front. I liked the drape of the blouse in single layer, but as you can see from the back pictures, the fabric was just a tad sheer to be able to wear it to work and I didn't want to wear a tank top under it. Mirroring the front at the neck worked out for the most part, but unfortunately I didn't take any pictures during the construction process so hopefully what I'm describing makes sense.
Self drafted sewn silk blouse shell back view
Georgette sewed up nicely and I'm happy with the top except the front hem. I initially sewn both front layers together, but that pulled the fabric in a weird way. I then unpicked it and hemmed the right side and "lining" layers separately. That looks better, but still not perfect. I'm not sure if you notice it from this photo, but there are a few diagonal lines. For some reason all pictures I took wearing the blouse turned out blurry and sadly this is the best of the bunch.
Anyway, after a few weeks I finally have a silk shell that's work appropriate and I can add to the Me-Made-May rotation. Hopefully the next few projects go smoother.
Thanks for reading.

1 comment:

  1. This is beautiful! I'm so envious of your ability to make clothes, it's something I've never been able to do, but I just this shirt and the color!


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