Monday, March 8, 2010

Why didn't I think of That?

My new patterns arrived this weekend and I am very excited to try making the Sencha Blouse from Colette Patterns.
I was mulling over how I was going to solve the puzzle of the buttoned-up back (I have limited mobility, and it would be difficult for me to button it) when I read the the Slapdash Sewist's blog today and she said that she would turn the back of a pattern into a neck slit with one button. And I had one of those epiphanies! Yes! That's exactly what I'll do. As you can see by the pieces on this picture,

Placing the back pieces on the fold and doing a faced slit, or doing a seamed back and then a hemmed slit would be super easy (child's play, she says, hopefully).
I'll let you know how it works out. We get the best ideas from our sewing friends, don't we?


Adelaide B said...

I lowered/widened the neck a little, which had the added advantage of letting me slip the the shirt over my head while still buttoned. (Although, because of the waist shaping, I have to leave the bottom two buttons undone. But they are pretty easy for me to do up. I supposedly have unlimited mobility and doing up back buttons is still a pain.)

Venus de Hilo said...

I've had the same thoughts, for me because back buttons tangle in my hair which drives me nuts. I wonder about getting the waist section past shoulders and "the gals" if I do a center back seam. Our Slapdash friend frequently mentions small bust adjustments, but I have to do an FBA. Haven't taken the pattern out of the envelope yet for a flat measure. I'm leaning towards a center-back invisible zipper, but haven't made a fabric decision yet. Will be very interested to see what you do.

Sarai said...

That's a very cool idea, I'll be interested to see how it goes!

The Slapdash Sewist said...

Cutting the back on the fold and doing a faced keyhole is such a good idea! Maybe I will have to break down and buy this pattern to go with my new silk acquisition. Of course, that would defeat the purpose of the silk being such a bargain! (or maybe just even it out???)

gwensews said...

Great idea. This blouse is very popular. I'll be interested in seeing your take on it. Make a beuatiful thing!