|Maria Denmark: 402 (Edith Blouse Dress) - Type:Tops |
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Maria Denmark Pattern Info
|Pattern Rating:||Highly Recommend |
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|Fabric:||Cotton - Quilting [See other projects in this fabric]|
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|Pattern Description: |
The kimono sleeved Edith has back shoulder darts and waist darts at front and back as well as bust darts â€“ giving a fitted, but not overly fitted look.
34-46 I used a combination of sizes 42/44.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Yes, I made no major changes to the pattern and it matches the sample garment.
Were the instructions easy to follow?
Disclaimer, I don't read instructions anymore cause I'm all uppity about my skillz. This sometimes bites me in the ass but not on this project. I just used my regular button down construction order - darts, shoulder seams, collar, facings, top-stitching, edge finishes, button holes, buttons.
The pattern does come with step by step instructions with pictures so I'm sure they would work well for others.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
So this pattern might as well have been designed for me cause it's got everything I like in a woven summer blouse. Kimono sleeve...check, collar...check, darts galore...check. Can I make this up in that narrow vintage cotton I have in the stash, YES I CAN!
Some vintage cotton that feels like quilting weight.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
1. My usual 1" drop and diagonal tilt of the bust dart. I've found through past trial and error that this placement works best for me.
2. Dropped the top point of the front fish eye dart 3".
3. Increased the dart intake of the back fish eye dart 1/4".
4. The collar felt a little tight and the bottom of the armholes were digging into my underarms. It fix this I took 1/2" off the shoulder seam at the outer edge and graded it into nothing at the collar side. Then I dropped the bottom of the armhole 1/2". This took care of both my fitting problems and put the blouse waist at my natural waist.
5. Normal 1/2" forward shoulder adjustment.
6. Added 1/4" more ease to the hips.
7. Slightly curved the hem at the side seam on both the front and the back.
8. I also decided to finish the sleeve edges with a bias binding rather than turn and stitch.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
Yes! I love this and think others should make one. Make two!
I feel all Bettie Draper put together when wearing Edith with some Colette Clovers. Now I just need to work on my Nordic bitch stare while sucking on some menthols. "No one likes a liar Sally, now make me a drink."
In closing I think this is a great little pattern and would recommend it to anyone comfortable with making buttonholes.
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