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Kitschy London Blouse

This cute silver Cotton Fabric was perfect for a kitschy blouse! It showcases double decker buses, Big Ben, and the Queen’s guards! 
I used McCalls 7575 blouse pattern version D and made it sleeveless. 
On a previous Minerva order, I got 2 yards of Stretch Lycra Bias Binding Tape.
And I used this tape to highlight the collar and button placket. It was perfect! 
Even though I live in Massachusetts, I have family in London which makes it fun to working with London prints. 
This pattern has a nice back yoke, because the pattern was so busy, I used the White Cotton Poplin fabric as the yoke facing, this way you don’t see a double print on the back yoke and it gives you a clean pattern look. Otherwise you would have a double layer of the print fabric and you would see the print and the backwards print shadow from the yoke facing. 
For the collar, I pinned folded the bias tape in half and pinned it to the collar front just shy of the 5/8” seam allowance. Then I stitched it on at the 5/8” seam allowance. 
I was able to stitch the collar to the collar facing following the stitching line I just made. This gave me a guide to stitch so I could keep the bias binding uniform around the collar. I finished the collar with a topstitching very close to the bias edge. You need bias binding to make this look. Since it is cut on the bias, it will shape nicely around the curved collar. 
To add the bias binding to the front placket, I folded the binding around one side of the raw edge of both plackets. I attached the bias edge to the shirt front and topstitched the same as the collar. This gave me two vertical lines on the front of the blouse. Who doesn’t want two vertical black lines to make them look taller and thinner! 
Since I made the blouse sleeveless, I finished the armholes with the black bias binding also. It is perfect for going around curves, it is soft and it gives the shirt a nice finished look. 
I love my London print blouse. It is so fun to wear. I get lots of questions when I wear it and it’s a great conversation starter. I hope you try out some fun, kitschy fabric for your next project. Don’t forget to add some accent - a little contrasting fabric makes your item unique and totally YOU! 
Thanks for reading,
Sandi @sewwhatsfabulous

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