|Peasant blouse, 2009
On the first sunny spring days I am often struck with the desire to get something pretty in white muslin. I imagine Marie Antoinette felt something similar towards airy Gaulles...
I still had some of the material I have earlier used in this blouse, and now I decided to make a new version. I wanted the same sleeves, but a more revealing neckline. As in my old blouse, the bodice has two layers of the slightly transparent material. Each is turned separate on the hem with a decorative sticth resembling drawn work, and then handled as one when making the pleats and lacing.
eternal problem with a peasant blouse is how the fit it at
the waist in case you want to, or don't wish to wear a
corset over it. I'm senselessly addicted to a fitted waist,
perhaps out of simple stubborness as it hasn't been trendy
lately. On the old blouse I had several darts and an
invisible zipper on the side seam, now I decided to try the
charming solution of classic pseudo-old timey lacing. First
I thought of placing it center front and back, but then
decided to try to make it on the sides for change. This
caused some challenge with the pattern, as I didn't want the
lacing be so wide as to reach the usual place of the shaping
seams, and also to narrow downwards. To achieve better fit I
made two small pleats in the front next to the lacing, and
one at the back. As the picture shows, the back still tends
to wrinkle at the waist, but with a soft fabric it doesn't
really bother so much.
plan for a cotton tape-reinforced line of lacing loops
on the same material turned out not quite fool-proof.
In spite of all my double stitching some of the loops began
to fray and give away almost at once when I tried it on.
Somehow I had also managed to cut the whole thing slightly
tight on the bust (ironic since I had just slightly outgrown
the old blouse, thus the need for a new one), which didn't
help any. Thus the lacing line did not just turn prettily
like I had planned, and I had to stitch the pleat. It looks
nice now, but is a bit tight. I haven't used this much,
maybe it will stretch yet?
The picturesque lacing is not exactly handy and fast when dressing, undressing of washing - somehow I often end up with inpractical but pretty garments.
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