Freshly Stitched

Vintage-Inspired Blouse
from The Great British Sewing Bee book

Blog / 3 June 2015

Recently in the shop we have been getting in more fabrics that are really soft and silky. Mostly they are made from viscose, polyester or rayon and they have such a gorgeous drape and movement. I really love them and the prints are so pretty but they can be a bit difficult to sew with as they can have a mind of their own and slip all over the place.

Some things are worth putting up with though, and when combined with a really lovely pattern these fabrics made gorgeous garments.

Check out all the viscose and rayons as well as the silks and silk mixes and there are some in the Just Arrived Section too! (just click the highlighted text).

I’ve really enjoyed using this years’ Great British Sewing Bee Book. I think it’s the best one yet and Claire-Louise, who is the sewing producer for the show, has done such a good job at putting together an amazing selection of patterns. The Vintage-Inspired Blouse from the book is perfect for fabric that drapes and moves.

Each project in the book has a variation or adaption to change the look and style of it. I loved The Vintage Blouse project as soon as I first saw the book. It can either be made with or without sleeves and has a choice between a pussy bow and a pointed collar.

The sleeves were a bit full for me so I decided to have mine sleeveless and I know that bow would probably end up with my lunch all over it – so thought it safer to make the collar version. I used this really pretty mini floral rayon fabric.

I really like the detail at the shoulders of the gathers where the yoke is.

The style of the blouse is quite loose fitting, which is fine with a fabric that’s so lightweight and flowing. I think I’m just used to things that are a bit more fitted so I’ve been wearing it with my little brown belt to pull it in at the waist.

I’m not sure about this style though…...tied in a knot to make it more cropped – might be too 80’s and I think I’m too old for that kinda thing now!

The only thing that I found really fiddly with this make was the bias finish at the inside neckline. I must have missed tracing off the pattern piece for this so I had to just cut my own bias strip out.

Then it seemed impossible to keep it neat and sew it on without lots of puckers in the fabric so I ended up hand stitching it down.

It’s all worked out in the end, I just needed to not be tired and have really good day light to see everything properly.

How do you find sewing with slippery fabric? Any extra tips for me? Do you think the extra effort is worth it in the end?