Mae button back blouse from Bluegingerdoll.
Some vintage quilting cotton purchased off of Etsy. Strawberries on a navy background. How could I say no? This was a 2.5 yard cut of 36 wide cotton and I was able to cut out the larger size of the pattern and still have some left over.
1. I started with the same 12/14/16 that I used with the Billie Jean dress. Shoulders 12, waist 14, hip 16, and traced the size 14 dart. The muslin was the right shape for my body but was too tight through out the torso. Decided to do a quick fix of adding 3/4" to the entire side seam.
2. Did my normal 1/2 forward shoulder adjustment.
3. Cut the neckline back 5/8" by tracing pattern edge of the upper scallops and making the ones in the center larger. I adjusted the back neckline at the shoulder to match the front but did not make the back neckline lower. The facings were then adjusted to match the new neckline.
1. Since this was my first time ever making any kind of button back garment I actually read the directions. Then my brain was all, "I don't want to assimilate this new information," so I had to remind it who was the boss. And bribe it with cookies. The silly thing is that it's really just the same as putting buttons in the front but my brain was all Duhhhh?
2. Way back in 2009 when I made my first garment with scallops, I found marking the valley between each scallop really helpful when sewing. That way you know exactly where to pivot the needle and your scallop size doesn't get all irregular. You can mark the seam allowance directly on the fashion fabric with a clear ruler and a disappearing marker/chalk.
3. Instead of clipping all the curves on the neckline, I graded the seam allowance and just clipped at the valley point. This technique also worked well for getting the scallops to look nice after pressing.
"Hey this has vents, no wait they're buttons. Are these supposed to be on the back?"
My Final Thoughts
This was a fun little project other than my routine cursing at the buttonhole attachment. (Some day buttonhole attachment, bang zoom straight to the moon!) The neckline takes little time to press nicely, check Abby's blog for details, but other than that zoom zoom and you're done. It's a cute little number and I'll be sewing another one for the sew-a-long....which starts today. I better hurry up and pick a fabric!
P.S. I've paired the Mae blouse with a pencil skirt that was hacked from the Billie Jean dress. Next post I'll show you the changes I made and how to draft a curved waistband. Ohhhh exciting...maybe.