Hello, production at House of Pinheiro is at full force!!! Who knows when I will have the luxury to sew all day without feeling guilty again!
Like many of you, I got Gertie’s book. It arrived a week before my dissertation was due and I was very excited to try something as soon as possible. What I love about the book is that it seems to comes from a sewist point of view. She started her journey like many of us, so I feel her voice it’s real.
My favourite pattern of the book is the Wiggle dress, however I wanted to try something quicker and went for the Bow-Tie Blouse.
I normally just cut my pattern papers direct but the patterns on the book come printed at both sides so I had to copy first.
The darts were wrong and the sleeves were bulging… Kimono sleeve is quite troublesome.
Then I went about my alterations by superimposing a basic block( drafted by me based on my measurements) pattern and the original.
Redrafted the sleeves, changed darts… I tried many variations until I was happy with the design and fit without affecting the features of the pattern.
I even considered adding a gusset under the Kimono sleeve to improve the fit, luckily I didn’t need it.
During my research, I stumble on great references and tutorials…
Colette’s Mid Century Kimono Sleeves
Gertie’s Style Dictionary : Kimono Sleeves
Sherry from Pattern Scissor Cloth: Kimono sleeve gusset
Pattern Making Kimono Sleeve
Overall, the fitting of her pattern isn’t different from the other patterns I tried. However I thought there wasn’t enough markings. I like using notches and felt I needed more then the ones provided.
I didn’t understood the neckline explanation and end up been a bit fiddly. In the end I just did what I felt it was right. It would be great if there were a tutorial on it.
My blouse is ready now. I just need some photos…
So what’s next on my sewing table? I was working on the darling range before this blouse and it was very frustrating… how a design can look so simple and not be. The fit was all over the place and I just left behind. The viscose is beautiful so its almost a sin to leave unfinished. I will try again soon!
The weather is getting cold in the UK so my spring/summer sewing its at the end for the year.. bring woolly coats. I’m thinking of Gertie’s sew along, Lady Grey and Minoru.