The pattern is for a simple blouse collar (no collar stand) with front and back facings.
Here is a picture of the original blouse I made:
As you can see, it does look like the pattern. It's also good to see the blouse made up so you know what to expect the next time you make it :)
I'll be posting this tutorial over a few days as I make up the next blouse. This will also show you how I time manage my sewing. I don't get large chunks of sewing time, so I usually break a project down into steps.
I am going to use a cotton broadcloth that I have already pre-shrunk.
Assemble your notions (always a good idea to have purchased these before you start).
Then cut out the shirt pieces - I am assuming you all know how to do this.
Snip notches (I snip in, not very far as this will weaken the seam). Mark all dots on the pattern with whatever medium you wish - chalk, disappearing markers, tailor's tacks. I very rarely use tailor's tacks nowadays. Do check that your pen will not permanently bond with your fabric or that if water is used to dissolve it, that this will not leave water marks on your fabric.
Interface the front facing pieces, the back facing and one collar section. It's a good idea to test the interfacing first to make sure it is the right weight and works well with your fabric. Some interfacings need pre-shrinking.
If you are pleased with the results, apply to the garment pieces:
The finished pieces should have a similar feel to the main fabric, but with more body. The interfaced pieces should also handle like the fabric- this fabric is a medium weave cotton, and is not stiff. Here is how the interfacing behaves:
It has the right sort of feel for the lapel and collar section of this shirt.
Next, get your machine set up for sewing by winding and inserting the bobbin and threading the needle.
Test the sewing stitch length and tension:
And if you have an overlocker, thread that up now and test the tension for that as well:
Okay, that's today's sewing session done. Tomorrow I'll start sewing the blouse.
Sarah Liz :)