Sunday, July 3, 2011

Patternmaking - Copying a favorite blouse - the result

Looking in the dictionary, there are a few definitions listed under the word "clone", such as to make an identical copy, or something designed to simulate the exactly the operation of another, typically more expensive item.   I like that second definition, particularly as applied to clothing.  After all, a lot of my sewing is inspired by things I have seen in stores or magazines and would never be able to bring myself to purchase.  (such as a $ 2000 coat or an Armani tuxedo style suit).   So the part about simulating the operation of another item,  that sounds about right.  Typically a more expensive item, definitely, as refers to my own wardrobe.

Gingham shirt front fullThe result at right of my first go in a long time at cloning a blouse  Here is that post : 
making  a pattern from the existing blouse.  

As they say on the radio, this was a test, I repeat, only a test.   I skipped adding the cuffs for the test version.

The real blouse will be made from Liberty cotton purchased in the shop in London.  

I was set to cut it out from a scrap of bedsheets, but then thought - with just a bit of care I can sew the whole thing. I was planning to go through all the steps, collar, placket etc. so better to use some real fabric.  I had this turquoise gingham so that became a summer shirt.

Blouse front original This is the original blouse which I copied.

Here is a look at the collar.  A while ago I did a post about collars and collar stands, and a really great method I saw on a PBS tv show with Louise Cutting (who often writes in Threads magazine)  If you are interested here is the link  Cotton blouse with variations.
Gingham shirt close front

I am really happy with the way this turned out, and am crossing my fingers that I get the same result when I cut into that expensive Liberty fabric.  Here is a peek at it.  The purple at the bottom is for a bias trim along the hemline.

Blouse fabric choice

If you are interesting in cloning a garment that you have, I do recommend the book I mentioned in my last post:  Patternmaking for a Perfect Fit by Steffani Lincecum.  very helpful.

Here is today's Sunnygal Garden photo, this Hydrangea is right by my front door, and is really not my favorite, I like the mophead type better.  As it happens this one is huge - almost crowding out the other shrubs in that area.  Good thing it puts out a lot of blooms or I might have to take defensive action.  No mercy here for plants that are not performers!

and to those celebrating Independence Day, July 4 - have a great one! 
Hydrangea blue white june11