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Tuesday, June 19, 2012

French-Sleeved Blouse


This book is a contender for my favorite Japanese book: My Favorite Shirt by Machiko Kayaki (ISBN 9784579112449). Maybe that's because shirts are so versatile. 

And the French-Sleeved Blouse was begging to be made first since it happens to be summer. I love the shape of the collar, but the sleeves are particularly fun.

See the drag lines from the neck to armscye? My fitting tome, Fitting and Pattern Alteration: A Multi-Method Approach, calls this anomaly "high neck base at sides", which was a very enlightening concept to me. My adjustments have made a huge improvement in how my shirts "feel" around the neck and shoulders when I'm wearing them (in other words, they don't feel restrictive anymore), but I need to do more to get rid of the lines.


I've been reviewing a lot of Japanese patterns lately, haven't I? Well, this one has the run of the mill instructions: The garment is labeled with numbers to indicate order of stitching, and a few of the steps are illustrated. A fabric layout guide is given.





I liked the collar construction method, which seems to be the same method as Sherry's Convertible Collar Tutorial.


All in all, I love the blouse, except it's looser fitting than I want. I made size 9 per my measurements, which is the smallest of the three sizes offered. So you can see the fit is intended to be relaxed. I may or may not alter this one, but if I make it again, I'll slim it up a bit.

Sources:
French-Sleeved Blouse: Pattern L from My Favorite Shirt
Peach checked broadcloth from Chez Ami (a downside to this fabric is that it's a little sheer).

Next up: the Lisette Portfolio Pants I'm wearing in the photo. Skip that post if you want to avoid the horrors of the "tucked-in shirt".


11 comments:

  1. This is a lovely design. I'm pleased you were able to make it up. The fabric is lovely on you.

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    1. Thanks! I agree, it's a lovely design. It was hard to choose a fabric that wouldn't compete with its simplicity.

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  2. What a sweet, summer blouse! This book is a real find.

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  3. I had no idea there is such a thing as french sleeves! The blouse is very cute and looks nice and breezy for summer.

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  4. The blouse is perfect for summer! Can't wait to hear about the Portfolio pants...I have the pattern but have yet to try it out.

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  5. I'm a huge fan of Machiko Kayaki, having several of her books in my cupboard. Not this one though. I love the blouse, and the sleeves are beautiful. You'll get a lot of wear out of that, very pretty.

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  6. Looks like a perfect summer blouse! Beautiful sewing too.

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  7. I love Kayaki, I think her construction steps are always intuitive and easy to follow (and I don't read Japanese!) I have this book yet have not made anything from it yet. Your lovely blouse is an inspiration :)

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