Monday, May 2, 2011

Linen gauze cardigan blouse

Hello!
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I've got a small piece of indigo linen gauze, and I couldn't think anything but making it into a cardigan blouse. I imagined it would make a very nice casual and feminine light jacket-like cardigan blouse (sorry for my wobbly English!).

And I think it did.

The most recommended fabric for the pattern I used was light jersey, but my fabric was a thin and coarse linen gauze. It resulted a pair of air-filled sheer sleeves, as I wished.


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This time to assemble, I combined the jersey waist band and the woven bodice by overlocking together. Like we do all the time to the combination of jersey waist band and jersey bodice. However, I've learnt that I'd better to baste my woven bodice to make it slightly gathered before attaching to the jersey waist band, instead of simply binding them together. Otherwise, I'd get my soft waist band too stretched and the least neat gathering on the bodice, like I did. I think it looks a bit untidy in the end, because I have chosen the wrong strategy on my coarse gauze. Experience is the best and real teacher, indeed.

Photo below: The sleeves were basted to make gathers before serging, but the bodice was bound to the waist band straight away. You see the difference, don't you. Maybe I'll fix it, but maybe not. You know what I mean.
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That said, I'm loving this blouse overall and so much. I'm sure I will use it very often. I'll also try the pattern again, with a bit of wisdom which I didn't have!

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Linen gauze cardigan blouse
pattern:
"Rachel" cardigan blouse from anneedeux* (PDF)
size38. Shortened the bodice by 5cm.
fabric: Linen gauze, thin, light, coarse, indigo. Cotton jersey, soft and smooth, stretches well, good T shirt weight, dark blue.
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The jersey dress was one of my last summer's creations.

Happy sewing to you!

Love,
yoshimi





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17 comments:

  1. Wow, what a completely cute top! And it looks fabulous over that dress. Your English is pretty darned good. :)

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  2. Its lovely, very pretty :)
    Ashley x

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  3. Lovely. Great use of the fabric.

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  4. Wow, you find the most amazing fabrics! I am very jealous of that.

    Have you washed the garment yet? I feel like sometimes that helps abused knits recover. And I would've done it exactly the way you did, too. :)

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  5. Hi TanitIsis! You have to go shopping with me sometime in the future! I haven't washed the garment yet. (I washed both fabrics before cutting.) I'll wash it soon and check how it goes. Thank you!

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  6. Beth (Sunnygalstudio)May 3, 2011 at 12:37 AM

    that is an interesting and pretty way to add a lightweight jacket instead of a sweater, also I like the print in your dress, great colors.

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  7. That's a very interesting blouse. I love the wide neckline and the woven/knit combination.

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  8. So pretty! And so flowy and romantic looking! I adore the use of the drape on this creation. Really really beautiful!

    xoxo,
    Sunni

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  9. Another lovely creation, as usual! Thank you for sharing.

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  10. I am in love with your blouse. I have never seen linen gauze before.

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  11. It's gorgeous. Such a pretty, flattering and feminine shape. I've never seen or heard of linen gauze before. I wish we could get it here!

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  12. Everything you make looks fabulous, I love your combinations of color and texture.

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  13. It is lovely! As always you do beautiful work. :)

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  14. I love your top. How can I order the pattern? Is there a way to translate the pattern site into English? Thank you for your help. I admire your blog very much!
    janet

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  15. Thank you for your comment, Janet. Anneeduex* is an internet shop and you can use credit cards for the purchase via paypal as well. You may use free web programs for translation plus some of your imagination to read their HP, because such programs always give us funny translations. This page is one example which I got.
    http://exci.to/kBl7iJ
    By the way, the shop doesn't allow us/bloggers to put direct links to their HP, other than to their front page. That is the reason why I have no direct links to the individual pattern page. There are such words in the contract on the purchase, so I follow it. Sorry for the inconvenience.

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  16. very pretty! perhaps if you give the waistband a shot of steam, it will return to it's original shape.

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  17. oh, so beautiful on you, the fabric is nice as well as the color.

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Thank you for your comments!!