Hack to Create a Wrap Blouse
Posted in Projects on Monday the 11th March 2019 by Vicki Ormerod
Hello Makers! This month I’m really excited to show you what I’ve been making. I’ve done my first ever pattern hack to create a wrap blouse in a gorgeous gold Georgette Fabric.
It was my first time using georgette and it wasn’t nearly as scary as I thought. I love the look of a sheer blouse, as it’s both feminine and elegant. A lot of people worry about what to wear underneath, but a slip or a thin camisole means you don’t have to line your make. I chose this colour because it’s timeless and you can wear it through all seasons. For me, gold really is a neutral and this shade is more of a gold/camel colour, so it is very versatile. When I spend a lot of time making something, I really want to be sure it fits into my wardrobe and that I’m going to get the maximum amount of wear from it.
When cutting out fabric that is tricky to work with and that has a tendency to slip about, it is a good idea to place some tissue paper underneath your fabric and pattern pieces, so that your fabric is sandwiched in-between paper. Pin all the layers together; tracing paper, fabric and the pattern piece, before you start cutting out to prevent the fabric from slipping. I know the thought of cutting tracing paper with scissors can cause palpitations amongst dressmakers, but it’s worth it to make sure you cut out neat edges and I would advise sharpening your scissors after, I can recommend this Fiskers Scissor Sharpener.
I wanted to recreate a ready to wear wrap blouse that I’d tried on a few weeks ago, I left it in the shops because I knew I had the Sew Over It Eve Pattern which I thought I could hack into a top. I’ve made the Eve three times, so I was pretty familiar with the construction, I opted for the 7/8 sleeves and cropped the skirt at 25cm. I added an inch to the bodice to accommodate my long body and made the ties for the waist 1cm wide. It was my first time hacking a pattern and it felt pretty intimidating, but I used a french curve to make the adjustments. I was pleased with how well it turned out, and now I feel confident in cutting up patterns.
I’ve worn my eve hack blouse with ready-to-wear black jeans, black ankle boots and a camel vest tucked into my jeans.
I really love the gathers on the yoke of this pattern and I feel this floaty fabric shows it off and creates a very elegant and timeless look. The tie waist means I’ll be able to wear it for years to come.
Thanks for reading and I hope it inspires you to keep on making.
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