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.

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".


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

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

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

  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.

  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.

  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.

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

  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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