|Oh I'm sorry, did you need to tape this pattern together? |
Also, I look like a kangaroo/T.rex with my huge back legs and front legs all tucked away.
Here is what the pattern looks like all taped together. It will not make a complete rectangle; three pages are "missing" but the pattern is actually complete. Apologies about the lighting; I was putting this together in the evening.
The pattern is missing a collar stand and cuff pattern pieces, and of course, there are no instructions! I have never made a blouse before, but figured it would be a good challenge to put this together to the best of my abilities. This is what I did; not all of it may be "right."
I cut two each (mirror images, of course) of the "blouse front and back" piece and the front yoke pieces. The back yoke piece is cut on the fold, so only one is needed. The button band is supposed to be cut on the bias, but if you're not matching a plaid/stripes, cut it on the straight grain instead so that it doesn't ripple out of shape. According to my method of construction, you will need four of them. Alternately, to minimize fussiness, you could extend the left front yoke piece by the width of two button bands, then add seam allowance at the edge, and fold that under instead of sewing on each strip on its own. As for the cuffs, cut a rectangle that is long enough to fit around your wrist, plus seam allowance and/or any overlap you might want, and twice as wide as you want it, plus seam allowance.
|On the "Blouse Front and Back" piece, form the pleats by folding as directed on the pattern piece. Stitch across the top.|
|I also topstitched them down about 1.5" to reduce the poofiness, which you may or may not want to do.|
|If desired, add piping all around the edge of the blouse pieces. Stitch the piping on first using your zipper foot.|
|You will need to snip little notches to get the piping to turn corners.|
|Yoke and blouse pieces pinned together.|
|See how the tiny angle is stretched out to wrap around the corner? Also, for some reason my back yoke pieces ended up being much too wide for the blouse piece, so I made a few tiny pleats to make it fit. More on how that worked out for me later.|
|Sew the yoke and blouse pieces together with the blouse side facing up, so that you can see the line of stitching where you attached the piping. Try to adjust your needle position to sew to the left of that line.|
|Here's what the blouse looks like at this point. Finish the seams in the method of your choosing (I used seam binding) and then press the seam allowances toward the center of the blouse.|
|Back of the blouse. The pleats that I put into the yoke to make it fit ended up poofing out weirdly, so I pinned them down.|
|See? Hopefully you won't have this issue.|
|Poofs edgestitched down as best as I could.|
|Pin the side seams together first.|
|You'll need to do some maneuvering to get the underarm in place. I found it easiest to just pin the straight part and ignore the corners.|
|Continue up into the sleeve seam.|
I found it easiest to leave the corners unpinned and then just manipulate them into place once I was at the sewing machine. I don't have pictures of the actual sewing, but it's similar to sewing in underarm gussets in terms of the sewing-around-a-corner bit. It was easiest for me to start sewing from the side seam until I reached the corner, then leave the needle down and pivot to get to the underarm edge. I only sewed halfway across the underarm, then started again at the sleeve seam so as to meet in the middle of the underarm. That way, the corner that I was spreading out was always on top so that I could see if I was actually catching all the fabric as I turned the corner.
|Couldn't get the focus on my camera right, but hopefully you can see how the corner looks.|
|Some puckering on the other corner...|
|Still pretty good, though.|
|Phew, done with the scary sleeves! On to the button bands. Pin two of them together and sew down an edge.|
|Press the two bands together, enclosing the seam you just sewed. This is going to be the left button band, the side that is hidden and has the buttons sewed onto it.|
|Press the rightmost edge over at the seam line.|
|Pin the left, un-pressed edge to the left yoke. Sew.|
|Fold over the button band as shown above, so that the previously pressed edge hides the raw edge that you just sewed. Topstitch both side of the button band.|
|Here it is from the right side. Now all of the raw edges are enclosed inside the button band!|
|If you don't want piping (or some other trim) in your blouse, ignore these next few pictures and just make the right, overlapping, visible button band the same way. If you do want piping, sew your piping to the right yoke edge.|
|Sew another button band piece on top of that.|
|Flip that piece out, then add yet another piece of piping.|
|Ta da! It's starting to look like a real blouse!|
|Now add some buttons. I didn't feel up to tackling that many buttonholes, so I made my buttons decorative and just used snaps underneath for the closure.|
I hope that was helpful to somebody, and that I didn't just painfully slow down my husband's MW3:CoD game uploading these pictures for no good reason. I will continue documenting the rest of the process as I make the cuffs and collar.