Hello everyone, it’s Li again. Today I want to share with you how I sew my lovely blouse with the lace overlay. I put so much effort into this blouse including making basic pattern blocks for bodice and sleeve, splash and spreading the lower arm sleeve, and making a pattern for scallop hem. After finishing this blouse, I gained so much confidence that I was ready to make any top! Yes, I agree it may be a tiny bit arrogant, but seriously, I was really proud of what I made; even though the front lace may be slightly slanted. For aesthetic reason, I will just tug it in and no one will know. HEHEHE~~~
The first two weeks I was completely clueless. I looked up so many videos about making basic pattern blocks. Then I ventured into a cycle of making pattern blocks, muslims, and then adjustments, onto making another pattern, another muslim, and then adjustment again… I felt like I was in the tunnel of confusion until I found this guy on YouTube, his YouTube channel is “Christopher Sartorial”. He has a tutorial about making basic pattern blocks for the bodice and the sleeve. They are AWESOME! If you guys are in the same dilemma, which could be none of you, but IF you are, go check out his channel.
In case you guys are wondering what the problems could be making a simple shirt, here they are:
- Taking accurate measurements of myself. I did this at least 5 times. I have to do it myself because there is no other breathing human being nearby, I eagerly and humbly asked for help when there is one near.
- Adding ease. Kept forgetting that I needed wiggle room.
- Adding darts. All the tutorials were for bra size C or higher, what if you are smaller? Yeah, we don’t really need darts.
- Creating a well-fitted sleeve pattern. Guys, I made my sleeve pattern at least ten times. I was so sick of it that I was ready to quit.
Enough of the rambling, here are the steps I use to sew the shirt. (Sorry I don’t have pics of the process!)
- Make scalloped hemline on the front bodice.
- Sew the lace overlay to the front bodice at the neckline and armholes.
- Flip the lace to the right side and topstitch along the neckline.
- Make scalloped hemline on the back bodice.
- Sew the back bodice and lace trim together.
- Sew the front and back bodice together at shoulders and sides.
- Overlay the lower arm sleeve with lace.
- Sew the upper and the lower arm sleeves together.
- Install the sleeves unto the armholes.
So there you go, the steps needed to make a really nice blouse with lace overlay. It took me quite a bit of time to figure out everything and make from scratch. It was worth it though. I love the way it looks.
If you guys want to share with EL and I any cool sewing tricks, pleeeeease leave them in the comment section. I love to learn and advance my technique. I don’t want to stay a rookie forever! HELP!
P.S. - you are loved!