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First Post: Back Button Blouse

Hi Sew Retro friends!  My name is Jessie, I blog over at Some Things I Have Made, and I draft all my own patterns.  It’s a pain in the ass, but I’m dedicated (and cheap).

I’ve been wanting a back-button blouse for ages–I blame Gertie–but I knew I wanted it in wool jersey, and my comfort level with knits is pretty low.  This project came together pretty slowly, as I had a lot of research to do on sewing with knits.  Then, once the fabric came in, it turned out much narrower than I expected, and cutting on the grain was important because of the direction of stretch (and the distinct large-windowpane check)–in short, there was some jiggery-pokery involved.

 

I basically want to wear this every day now.  It’s as warm and comfortable as a sweater, but lightweight enough to tuck in at the waist.  For the next version (I’ve got more wool jersey coming in the mail!) I will probably even leave the bottom hem minimally (or even un-) finished, to reduce bulk at the hip line.

More pictures and construction details at my blog!

(The trousers, which photograph really seventies but were inspired by Katharine Hepburn, are blogged here.)

About the author: My name is Jessie. I sew, knit, cook, bake, ferment, homebrew, write, and work in a fabric store.

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