19 Aug Sewing Instructions for The Patent Blouse
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Now that this pattern has been released on the website, it’s time to put up some sewing instructions. The details below are abbreviated instructions. With the purchase of the PDF sewing pattern you’ll receive fully detailed sewing instructions in a separate PDF.
At first the pattern shape appears weird and unusual, as it did for me when I first found this little beauty at the US patent office. When cutting your own Patent Blouse, please make sure you use two-way stretch knit for the best results (four-way stretch knit in the US).
I just love this oversized, slightly abstracted print. However, it does present a bit of a challenge when trying to pattern match for this unusually shaped pattern. My solution was to include a CB (centre back) seam so that I could pattern match through the CF (centre front) seam.
- Stitch the CF seam from the hemline to the notch, 5cm from the cut edge.
- To give this blouse a bit of weight and quality on the neckline, I’ve included a 5cm (2″) turn-back along the CF seam, through to the neckline.
- In this case I’ve used a wave like stretch stitch along the full length of the 5cm (2″) turn-back facing.
- For the armhole, press a 1cm (⅜”) turning between the armhole notches. Use your stretch stitch to secure the 1cm turning in place.
- Now to sew the back ‘V’ seam – Pin one side of the back seam, from the armhole notch to the top of the CB seam.
- Pin the other side of the back ‘V’ seam, from the armhole notch to the CB seam, through to the lower centre back seam, to the hemline.
- Press up and pin a 2cm (¾”) hem around the lower edge of the blouse. For stretch knit hems I always limit myself to a 2cm (¾”) hem depth to prevent ‘roping’ in the final hem sewing.
- Finish your Patent Blouse with a stretch hemstitch, using the same stitch that you used for the armhole and CF turning (zigzag or cover stitch), depending on what sewing machines you have access too.
If you have any questions about this pattern or the sewing process, don’t hesitate to use the comments section below. 🙂 If you’d like to share your photos of this blouse you can join my Facebook group, or Instagram. To be sure I see the posts please use my handle @studiofaro or the hashtag #PatentBlouse.