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Using a jacket pattern for a blouse/top?
Can't find blouse patterns that I like - could I use a jacket pattern?
bungalowstitches

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Date: 12/20/11 10:59 AM

After days of looking at blouse/top patterns on the web and not finding what I want, I wondered about using jacket patterns to get the look I want. Could I use cotton lawn, shirting, and voile to make lightweight spring and summer blouses from a fairly simple jacket pattern? Lots of experience making clothes, but I've never tried this - any problems that you see? Thanks!

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Date: 12/20/11 11:04 AM

I was reading this last night and it contains some info which I think you will love: Sewingplum's blog from 2009

I love her process of 1)deciding what she needs 2)looking for a pattern which is close 3)modifying pattern.

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Date: 12/20/11 11:39 AM

Years ago, I did just this; one pattern many variations. I used a pant pattern and sewed it up in all sorts of different fabrics, added different pockets (patch,welt, side seam)to each version of the pant (the pant pattern didn't have pockets) Sewed the pants in different lengths- capri, bermunda shorts, etc. And, I wore those pants for YEARS! My conclusion, it was a great way to concetrate on learning how to sew differnt fabrics and how to draft pattern changes to a basic design. Sadly, I only have one pair of pants from that project left. I wore the rest of them out.

The only issue I see with using a jacket pattern for a blouse is the amount of ease in a jacket is most likely more than a blouse especially the armsyce would be larger to allow the arm with clothes on it to fit- just like Sugarplum mentioned in her post.

Changing a jacket ot a blouse would require some pattern modification - not impossible to do, but me, I'm lazy and would just go get a different patterns for a blouses and jackets.

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Date: 12/20/11 12:39 PM

Really, more ease in the arm would be welcome - I hate clothes that feel binding. I checked one pattern at home that I think I would like and it has a sleeveless top that is the same as the jacket, but just no sleeves. So I could try one blouse out of cheapo fabric just to see if I like the fit. I also ordered the Artful Dodger Prudence blouse pattern from Hot Patterns because it is so darling.....only to find out from the reviews here that there are lots of problems with it. But I will make it at least once anyway.

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Date: 12/20/11 7:33 PM

The extra ease would concern me; you'll need to account for the fact that jacket patterns are meant to go *over* a blouse/shirt/sweater, but a blouse pattern isn't. Also the location/number of buttons; many jackets would expose much more of your chest than you'd want a blouse to.

But: You are the boss of the pattern! You can make whatever alterations you want. It may be easier to tweak the design elements of blouse patterns that are close-but-not-quite... or you might have good luck "blousifying" your jacket patterns.

Good luck!

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Date: 12/20/11 9:22 PM

I've got a pretty linen blouse (rtw) in pale yellow that I like, should I take measurements of that blouse to compare to the measurements of any jacket pattern that I decide to try?

How do I measure the armscye? Other important measurements?

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