Thursday, June 14, 2012

Painted Portrait Blouse

 Painted Portrait blouse

It's finished!  The last few steps took a bit longer than I had expected because the facings are hand sewn to finish - a surprise to me.  But, I know so little about sewing garments (this was my first top) so surprises are to be expected.

Painted Portrait Blouse

So I like it!  Yay!  Wasn't sure about the fabrics for wearing, but when I put it on, I decided that the Pastry Voile in toast is a good color for me after all.  There were also some sizing issues.  According to my measurements on the Painted Portrait packaging I was a solid size medium, but when I put on the sewn top the first time, it was swimming on me.  My instinct was to take it in at the back princess seams, which Erin's post confirmed.  So, that I did.

taking it along princess seams

I unpicked the back princess seams and left the seam allowances pressed in.  Then I brought the side panels in and pinned them under the turned seam allowance.  Try it on.  Adjust.  Try it on.  Adjust.  Eventually, a good fit!   Here's the back, finished:

the back

I ended up taking it in by about 1 1/4" at the top of the seam and 3 1/2" at the bottom of the seam, and that on both sides.  I'm a 32C, so I'm kind of a big/little shape, so it's understandable that I had to make some changes.  And then again, it's also about how you like a top to fit.  I appreciate that this one is blousy at the front over the tummy area.  Taking it in at the side panels means it fits narrow rather than flaring out wide.  Oh, I also shortened all panels by 2" at the shortening line, since I am only 5' 4". 

recording the alteration

I recorded my changes to the side panels by tracing the final shape onto my side panel pattern piece.  Those of you garment sewing pros, should I just sew the small next time or now that I've adjusted the medium, should I sew it again?  Because I'd definitely like to make another Painted Portrait blouse sometime!

Thanks, Anna Maria, for another great pattern!

43 comments:

  1. You did such a fabulous job! Looks great and you look gorgeous in it!

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  2. I'm not claiming to be an expert or anything, but I would probably stick with the adjusted pattern that I knew fitted. The smaller size may not fit this way and that, and you'll end up doing the same all over again but making it bigger this time. I used to sew lots of pants and when I had a pattern that fit perfectly I would stick to it. One of the joys about making your own cloths is that you can fit it perfectly to your shape and not worry if it is a M ot S.
    It looks lovely!

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    1. That's what I was thinking! Thanks for chiming in. Wow, PANTS. That's cool.

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  3. I agree with Nina Lise@Mrs Moen! I've never made a shirt, but I would stick with what I know fits! Good Job!

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  4. it looks fantastic! i'd stick with your altered pattern - it fits you correctly in the shoulders and bust. you could always try a muslin of the small w/o facings to see if it makes a big difference and then go from there.

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  5. Woooo! It is awesome. The lovely ochre shade is fabulous on you! Your fitting is great!

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    1. Thanks, Jacey! I love all of the colors of the pastry voiles. They seem to be "my" colors to wear. Wish they'd keep making them!

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  6. Very pretty top,you did a good job.xxx

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  7. So cute! If I was going to try my hand at a garment this would be a very tempting one to try :)

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  8. This is lovely! I would stick with the adjusted one, since you know if works. Great job!

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  9. I have a BFA in Fashion Design, so I have just enough knowledge to make me picky about retail garments; but not enough to want me to make my own clothing again...although I have. It's a catch-22. Garment sizing is standardized, so the difference between a small, medium and large is usually pretty consistent and judging by the alteration measurements that you provided, those are not consistent. While you could use the small, it likely won't give you that special fit that you worked so hard to achieve. The top looks great, looks like you are a natural at this :-)

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    1. Right, so the small would fit in the bust but not come in at the sides. Thanks, Kristy!

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  10. Oooh I love it! Would you say you were happy with the ease of this as your first top pattern? I've tried and left a few unfinished in frustration (moons ago when I was a teenager)but am tempted to try again!

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    1. Yep, I was happy with the ease of it. I have sewn 1 skirt pattern and 1 dress pattern (for Aria) before, so I had had some experience, but this was the first time sewing for my bodice. The instructions were great!

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  11. It looks wonderful! You're giving me the itch to try garment sewing again :) (I used to sew a lot of clothes before I discovered quilting)

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  12. Well done, you! I love those colors, but I would be terribly washed out in them. Jealous of your garment sewing skills and ability to pull those colors off:)

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  13. The colors are great on you, Rachel! I don't garment sew too much anymore, but I'd stick with this altered pattern because you know it fits you know. If you go to the small, you might have to alter it too and that would be no fun. ;)

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  14. Yay for you, your top looks gorgeous!

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  15. Rachel, your top is so cute! It's been a long time since I've sewn clothes for myself (2 kids ago and 50 lbs ago). I would stick with the pattern size you altered. It's easier to alter the pattern smaller than make a pattern bigger. Great job!

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  16. I said I was going to try some dress making this year but I find it seriously scary! Maybe if I manage my handstitched quilt I'll be brave enough to try! Love those colours on you, it looks great! :D

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    1. Dress making still scares me! This top is a flattering fit though, so I'm considering the dress version...

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  17. It is just so cute! Will have to get this pattern

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  18. i really love it rachel, the colors are so flattering to you and i am impressed with your dedication to a good fit. i hope i would have been as committed! xo it does look great and i can't wait to see the others you will make.

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  19. Looks Great Rachel. Princess Seams, AH! They can be so frustrating! I avoid patterns with them , they drive me crazy!

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  20. ahaha its so funny how similarly sized we are! Love the top, the colors are fab. I am still wary about attempting to make clothes.

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  21. The top looks great! The fabric colours really suit you. Awesome job on your first garment! Soon you'll catch the bug =D

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  22. Super cute and those colours really do suit you. I also appreciate a bit of blousy action around the midriff, so I will put this one on my list.

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  23. Yay Rachel! It looks absolutely gorgeous!! The color is really great on you, too! I LOVE the yellow.

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  24. So fabulous! You are seriously making me wish I didn't have this big ol' preggo belly so I could whip one up too. :)

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  25. Success!! Very, very cute!
    I'd be inclined to use your "custom" pattern when you make this top again.

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  26. Adorable! Yes, stick with the altered pattern....you could take some tracing paper and copy the altered pattern onto it, too. I sew lots of clothes and it looks to me like the shoulders fit perfectly so the size small would be narrower......
    Cute, cute pattern and choice of fabric!

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  27. Rachel!!! I am so impressed with you! I am loving the handstitched class and cannot believe how professional and accomplished you are! The shirt is so pretty. Great job!

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  28. Oooh, very pretty, like the fabric combo

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  29. Since you've already made alterations you're happy with, I'd stick with the medium. I've never used patterns from an independent designer, but it's a fact that the big pattern-makers don't tell you that most of their patterns are drafted for a B cup, so those of us on the larger side of that have to start with a looser fit or add fullness.

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  30. Looks good! I'll have to give the pattern a try! Thanks for the review.

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  31. Love this top ... the colours are so nice and bright. I also love the style. Think I might have a go at this one for myself.

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  32. Make a copy of the pattern you've adjusted either on muslin or on brown craft paper. Label it carefully - they all look the same! - with the pattern name, which piece it is, and if you've included seam allowance, also any markings like grain line and match points and if anything's cut on the fold. I usually date mine and mark who it was made for, as well. Then put it in a mailing-sized envelope and write what it is on the top left in Sharpie. Now you can keep track of clothing patterns and store them easily.

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  33. This blouse looks SO GREAT on you! Love the fabric combo you chose. I'm still too scared to try making clothes but it is one of my goals for the year...

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  34. You are too cute! I love the blouse. I may have to get that pattern.

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  35. I like it. I just bought this pattern yersterday and plan on making it this weekend. We are similar in size and shape so I am guessing I will need to make the same adjustments that you did. I love making clothing. Mostly I make closthes for little kids but I have made several skirts and dresses for myself. I always have a hard time fitting tops though. Thanks for the info on how you adjusted yours. It will help me when I start mine tomorrow.

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  36. I am ever so envious. I attempted that blouse and it's wearable enough, sort of.
    Here: http://www.elizabethfoss.com/reallearning/2012/05/with-needle-thread-1.html

    And here: http://www.elizabethfoss.com/reallearning/2012/05/needle-thread-1.html

    But I definitely did the back all wrong and I still don't know what I did. I just can't wrap my brain around what she's trying to tell me to do. Yours is just lovely. I'd like a whole wardrobe of them if I could only figure out the back. It looks just beautiful on you.

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