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.)

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

2 comments… add one

  • Cute! And it does look so comfy!

  • Jiggery pokery or no, I like it!


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