Tuesday, 3 February 2015

Tech notes: Equestrian tail coat blouse

Here's the Equestrian tail coat blouse that I wanted to create for my February Minerva make.
I decided to use a basic McCalls blouse pattern as the basis instead of finding the exact pattern.
So the test version above confirmed the fit and then I did a rough redraft of the neckline based on my line drawing.
Line drawings are not my forte but they help plan projects

I've folded the neckline to a v, then drafted new facings
There are no sleeves on the equestrian blouse, so bias made from the same polycotton fabric was used to finish the armholes.
These are the strips for the ruffle and pin tuck trims. The trim width was a 'guestimate'.
Then I had to create the ruffle and pin tuck trim. 
The trim edging was roll-hemmed.
The trims took 3 hours to make. There was a lot of thinking and testing time involved.
The final hurdle was figuring out how/when to add these trims to the actual shirt. 

I've laid the trim over the test shirt above to get an idea of trim length required.


It's all part of the fun:)
Above is the work in progress blouse. 

The toughest part wasn't pinning the hem up for the hip detailing. The hardest decision was how to sew on the ruffle and pin tuck trim.


You'll see the finished pieces later this week. 

Apologies to my dear IG peeps. You've already seen this blouse in the making. #Thursday!

17 comments:

Lori said...

This is going to so stunning!

Sam said...

I know I said this on your last post, but I really can't wait for the reveal!

beajay said...

Wow - you are definitely avant guarde these days. Looking forward to the unveil.

Jenny said...

This is quite a drafting effort!! Looks like you're making great progress.... I don't know if I'd have the brain power for something like this 😜

Velosewer said...

I promise to reveal this outfit tomorrow Sam.

Velosewer said...

Thanks Beverly. I'm testing the 'style waters' - so to speak.

Velosewer said...

Granted. I've done the brain work on the weekend after lots and lots of thinking...

Accordion3 said...

Can't wait to see the final outfit! What event is it for?

MushyWear said...

Wow, this is so impressive! I can't wait to see the finished blouse. I really love the color you are using too!

Margo Bergman said...

Wow this is an impressive project to take on! Can't wait to see it.

KaSchu said...

Wow, you are so clever. I wouldn't know even where to begin. The colour of the blouse is lovely. Look forward to seeing the finished outfit.

Velosewer said...

I hope your like it.

Velosewer said...

Thanks again.

Velosewer said...

Thanks Margo. I've enjoyed making these pieces.

Velosewer said...

I decided to try another style to see if it worked for me. No planned event really just taking on a different style and adapting it to my height and shape.

Tomasa said...

Wow! This is quite an ambitious project! I look forward to seeing the completed garment. I'm sure it will be gorgeous.

Velosewer said...

Thanks Tomasa. I enjoyed wearing the blouse on the weekend with jeans.

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