Yes, I know it is 2015 (and best wishes for an excellent year to you all) but since everything takes me so long to get to these days, I am still catching up on blogging my last few makes from last year. Remember my Upside Down Continental blouse? Well, immediately after I finished it I cut another Lisette Continental Blouse and this time I got the pattern direction right. Yay for learning from mistakes.
This fabric is Tiny Dancer A from the Fall/Winter 2013 collection of Liberty Tana Lawn. As soon as I laid eyes on it I fell madly in love and it was one of the few prints I purchased during our visit to London two years ago. Here is a closer look:
This was my first time sewing with Liberty Tana Lawn. I have been
hoarding collecting the stuff for years (22 prints in total at last count) but up to now I had not had the guts to cut into any of my precious prints for fear of ruining them. As it turns out, while this blouse is quite wearable, it is not perfect. The fabric was clearly not ruined (phew!), but I managed to mess up the neckline so that the shoulders bunch up a bit at the front and the fit is not at all smooth in that area. Since I did not have this problem with my previous two Continentals, I think what happened is that the machine tension was off so that when I edgestitched the neckline I somehow misshaped it.
Regardless of this issue, I like the blouse and wore it quite a bit over the fall months until sweater weather arrived.
Here’s the sleeve detail. Someone asked how I made this modification on the last Continental I made. I had to go back and look and it turns out all I did was trace a straight line from the armscyse to the length I wanted and then sewed a cuff about 10″ in diameter around the edge. No flaring, no fussing, just a straight line and a simple gather, but I do think the cuff detail is a bit better than the sleeve finish on the original pattern.
The morale of the story is that I am no longer scared of cutting into my Liberty stash. Or my Nani Iro stash. Or any of my precious prints. At the end of the day, even though these prints are lovely and special to me, they are just fabric and what is the fun in sewing if you don’t love the fabric you are working with, right? Right.