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Very cool! Thank you for posting the link.
Yes - it's the ideas that we look for.
Neat link. The blouses shown are cute & show nice details I'd like to include in some commercial pattern blouses. Thanks!
These blouses got me thinking - mixing prints on a blouse/shirt used to give me a lot of interesting effects with hardly any effort. Time for me to do this again.
Love the blouses! Gail
I'm very glad you enjoyed this
Ooooh girl you have my creative juices flowing: just thinking about how each would breath life into my wardrobe between now and new years! Thank you!
You're very welcome!
Those are some great blouses. I am always looking for good blouse styles - my favorites are the basics that can be embellished.
I found a perfect blouse pattern in Burda Magazine, May 1994 - and will try to upload a thumbnail of it.
That Burda pattern you posted is right up to date as to the sleeve design (not as much for the teeny collar). I see a lot of patterns now with the sleeve cut in one with the bodice (cap, burnoose, dolman and batwing). Neither one is a smart option for my body type but they would look spectacular on a slim upper body. I might just sew one just for casual wear around the house.A gusset would make any of these (except the burnoose) more comfortable to wear and to move in.
Don't be too sure that wouldn't work for you! My roomate is short, and round, with a full bust. She travels internationally to judge dog shows and must have a good appearance. I made the blouse in a polyester crepe - the collar is larger than it appears in the drawing - and she declared it "perfect". She will wear it as an open jacket over a slim, long dress with small shoulder pads. It is very flattering on her. The lack of many seam lines, and the drape puts the emphasis on the fabric - so fabric choice is important.
The collar in reality is not as small as it looks in the drawing. The width of the body of the 'shirt' - also great as an open jacket - is ample enough that gussets under the arm are not necessary. Desing/wearing ease in the bust area is 10". But, you are right. If it were fitted sizing, gussets would be almost necessary. The hem falls 11" below my waist.
Hmm - maybe I can take a picture of someone wearing it, and post it. I am using polyester crepe, rather sheer, so it drapes well. My roomate wants it in a crisper fabric as well.
The simple lines lend well to variation in collar and neckline. Burda made the blouse about 4 different ways - each one was nice.
Oh, those blouses are beautiful. I especially like the one with the vertical tucks in the long sleeves. Thank you for posting.
It's interesting how trim and embellishment ideas come and go - I used tucks often for my daughters' dresses when they were little.
Yes, it is interesting. It seems to me that there were quite a few years there where plain fabric stood on its own in garments, and then there were applied embellishments, beads, embroidery, paint, foil, and now we're seeing more of fabric manipulation - tucks, gathers, bias strips and tubes - I love it.I wonder if rick-rack will ever come back? I remember when you could find it in nearly as many colors as thread, and in three different sizes. I guess it came to be looked at as common and therefore uninteresting.
Ah yes, rick rack. I have fabric in my collection which was made in Britain for export to South Africa - it has striped sections in the hem area specifically for rick rack to be applied to. Somewhere in my stashes I have patterned rick racks which must be well over 50 years old. Many embellishment techniques require time - could be why they've fallen out of favour.
Yes, the time it takes to apply trims undoubtedly is a factor, and it takes a little skill to do the straight, evenly spaced stitching for tucks, pleats, etc., especially on sheer, slippery or unstable fabrics. Your fabric with the stripes meant for trim application is very interesting.
Edited 11/19/2008 11:18 am ET by Josefly
But it's so rewarding to take the time, isn't it?
It makes an elegant garment out of a so-so one.
Thank you for posting the link Katina. I love having some new ideas on blouses. There are some very elegant and lady like blouses there. Cathy
Yes, the elegance is striking; much of the detail is simple but effective
It is nice to see elegant clothes coming back. For so long sexy stuff was all the rage. Nothing wrong with it in the appropriate place, tee hee, but for everyday wear, I would rather be elegant and classy.... Cathy
Let's hope elegance stays around for a long time!
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