Rusty Corded Shell

by A.J.A. on November 6, 2012 · 6 comments

in Vintage Sewing

I finished this shell blouse a couple of weeks ago, and while it was pretty straightforward in construction, I decided to add some embellishment to the front by making a corded design. It was a major pain to turn the cord, as my fabric was really too heavy for this, but I persevered/ stubbornly continued on and ended up with this.

After turning the cord, I put the shell blouse on my dress form and played with the design by twisting the cord and pinning it. When I decided on the design I wanted, I pinned it all in place, checked it with a tape measure for general symmetry, and hand basted it to the blouse straight through the cord with silk thread. I then went carefully around the cord slip stitching the loops in place and tacking at the overlaps with matching thread.

I used Butterick 3286 in a size 32″ bust. I don’t know what is up with this pattern, but it fits me pretty well and I am a 37″ bust. I guess it’s because it’s supposed to be an “overblouse,” but even the darts are in the right place.

Although it is far from perfect, I really like it, and I plan to try again with a lighter weight fabric. If you are interested in trying this technique, check out the Coletterie tutorial here.

Happy Sewing! Abigail @ Farmhouse Garden

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Anna November 6, 2012 at 1:03 pm

“Far from perfect”?? What are you talking about, it’s beautiful! You should be proud, nice work!


Dellis November 6, 2012 at 1:30 pm

Anna’s absolutely correct – this is gloriously perfect!
Pat-on-the-back & 3 atta-gal’s to you for persevering with the cording!!


Miss Crayola Creepy November 6, 2012 at 2:04 pm

It’s so gorgeous!


EmSewCrazy November 6, 2012 at 2:44 pm

That is so beautiful! I love the job you have done!


Valerie November 7, 2012 at 9:05 am

Lovely work! The embellishment is elegant, rich and subtle.


Kristin November 7, 2012 at 10:09 am

That’s really lovely! I have this pattern in my size and I think it’s way oversized. I had to take it in across the front A LOT in order to make it fit right. Otherwise it wouldn’t stay on my shoulders! I think I may try this embellishment.


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