I’m stash busting today!
I’ve had this piece of fabric for five years now, bought on a whim in Lewisham market when I was working near there. I’d never found the right project for it (same as the few dozen other pieces of fabric I’m currently hoarding) or at least I wasn’t sure how well I’d be able to use it – it’s not the easiest to work with. Until now!
This time it was on the receiving end of a lot of ruffles… Well it could’ve been more ruffles actually. I think I was quite moderate with my choices in fact!
I wanted to make something on trend for this winter’s big sleeve phenomenon and this starry eyed fabric seemed up to the job.
I made the bodice and sleeve of the 1366 same as I always do – just a standard 12. I didn’t add anything to the length this time as I wanted a boxier shape anyway.
When it came to the sleeve I chopped it off at my elbow and then I had added a large ruffled cuff to the edge (I made my ruffle by gathering a big rectangle twice the width of the sleeve by the length I wanted the ruffle plus any seam allowances).
It worked like a charm!
I still see a lot of problems with how I handled the fabric itself. It was one of those that moves so much during laying and cutting that I’m pretty sure everything is off grain and wonky… Nothing a bout with a steam iron can’t hard though, right? Though there’s nothing that can help my wobbly hem!
This is a very fun and playful blouse. I’m planning to wear it with that black needlecord pinafore that’s on my list to make!