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Date: 12/27/12 5:39 PM

I have long wanted to sew a replica of this anthropologie blouse:


My plan is to use M6509 View C and put a ruffle around the neck. I am going to use the sleeves from B5356 View D and shorten the sleeve ruffle a little. I have a couple of problems, though--the fullness through the body of the Mccalls blouse and the lack of gathers at the bottom of the v-neck. Can I get rid of the fullness by just taking much deeper side seam allowances? As far as creating gathers at the v-neck, I am not sure. Can someone give me an idea? I am thinking slash and spread but I am not sure what I would slash and spread Thanks.

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Date: 12/27/12 8:01 PM

You'll notice your Anthropologie blouse has a deep v-neck, while the McCall's blouse has a round neck. You will first have to reshape the neckline into a deep v-neck and then slash and spread your deep v-neckline. If you don't know how to do a slash and spread on a neckline, the inexpensive and extremely helpful Adele Margolis book, Make Your Own Dress Patterns will show you how to do this.

As far as the shape of the McCalls blouse goes, take a good look at the McCalls line drawings. You'll notice how the blouse bells out towards the bottom like an old fashioned maternity top. Now look at the Anthropology top and notice how it hugs the body. If you start with the McCalls top and merely take in the sides you will not end up with the shape you're looking for. You should try to find a different pattern from which you can borrow the bodice. Use your eyes to compare the pattern to your Anthropologie top and look for a good match.

As far as the sleeve ruffle goes, notice that the Anthropologie top has a double ruffle, while your Butterick pattern has a single ruffle. You will need to add a second row of ruffles to your project to duplicate the look of the original.

My advice to you is to take your time with this and count on sewing at least a couple of muslins with relatively inexpensive fabric. But a project like this will really hone your Frankenpatterning skills, and you will learn much in the process. And after a few projects like this one, you will probably feel you can duplicate almost anything you see in the stores.

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Date: 12/27/12 8:45 PM

Quote: nancy2001
You'll notice your Anthropologie blouse has a deep v-neck, while the McCall's blouse has a round neck. You will first have to reshape the neckline into a deep v-neck and then slash and spread your deep v-neckline. If you don't know how to do a slash and spread on a neckline, the inexpensive and extremely helpful Adele Margolis book, Make Your Own Dress Patterns will show you how to do this.



As far as the shape of the McCalls blouse goes, take a good look at the McCalls line drawings. You'll notice how the blouse bells out towards the bottom like an old fashioned maternity top. Now look at the Anthropology top and notice how it hugs the body. If you start with the McCalls top and merely take in the sides you will not end up with the shape you're looking for. You should try to find a different pattern from which you can borrow the bodice. Use your eyes to compare the pattern to your Anthropologie top and look for a good match.



As far as the sleeve ruffle goes, notice that the Anthropologie top has a double ruffle, while your Butterick pattern has a single ruffle. You will need to add a second row of ruffles to your project to duplicate the look of the original.



My advice to you is to take your time with this and count on sewing at least a couple of muslins with relatively inexpensive fabric. But a project like this will really hone your Frankenpatterning skills, and you will learn much in the process. And after a few projects like this one, you will probably feel you can duplicate almost anything you see in the stores.


Thank you so much. Would you happen to know of a more similar pattern that won' t require so much altering? If you have any pattern suggestions I would so appreciative.
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Date: 12/28/12 10:23 AM

I just looked at all the Simplicity, New Look, Burda, McCalls, Vogue, Kwik Sew and Butterick top and blouse patterns for you. Unfortunately, there's no pattern that's really close, but here are some possiblities:

http://butterick.mccall.com/b5854-products-44672.php?page_id=875
http://kwiksew.mccall.com/k2927-products-19736.php?page_id=3038
http://kwiksew.mccall.com/k3784-products-20317.php?page_id=3038

Hope this helps.

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Date: 12/28/12 1:50 PM

Quote: nancy2001
I just looked at all the Simplicity, New Look, Burda, McCalls, Vogue, Kwik Sew and Butterick top and blouse patterns for you. Unfortunately, there's no pattern that's really close, but here are some possiblities:



http://butterick.mccall.com/b5854-products-44672.php?page_id=875

http://kwiksew.mccall.com/k2927-products-19736.php?page_id=3038

http://kwiksew.mccall.com/k3784-products-20317.php?page_id=3038



Hope this helps.

Thank you. Those are pretty just as they are.
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Date: 12/28/12 1:59 PM

Yes. They're all pretty just as they are.

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