With capped sleeves, this blouse creates a sleek look for your arms. The curved neckline has just the right amount of opening to show off your collarbone. The fabric used for this blouse is from the “Flownny” series. The tiny floral pattern is perfect for the blouse. The 100% cotton lawn fabric is thin and silky, yet not see-through, allowing you to wear it lightly on its own.
Design & Work: Yoko Kato
Fabric shown for this sample:
- Fabric: 110cm wide x 1.5m
- Fusible Interfacing: 80cm x 20cm/li>
66cm (body width) 53.5cm (length)
We interviewed Yuko about her creation:
Kokka Fabric (KF): What do you think of the comfort and texture of the featured fabric when it is made into clothing?
It is thin and silky, yet not see-through, allowing you to wear it lightly on its own.
KF: Can you tell us any special elements or ideas that you incorporated into creating a beautiful neckline?
Since the design does not incorporate the “opening” on the side or back, the neckline needed to be “just enough” so that you can pull the blouse over your head. I tried to find a look that is not too revealing, yet allows you to show off your collarbone.
KF: This blouse has a curved neckline. What are some tips to keep in mind during the pattern making?
Using the “Pattern” in the instructions as a reference, trace along the printed pattern for the front neckline and back neckline respectively.
For more details about the pattern making, please refer to the video. If you are new to sewing, this video is also helpful:
Video tutorial! Dress making from original patterns.
KF: What are some tips for sewing the neckline?
When using the sewing machine, do it more slowly and carefully than when sewing a straight line. Instead of stretching the fabric for a straight stitch, you can achieve a clean finish by lifting the presser and slightly changing the direction of the fabric along the curve when sewing.
KF: Do you have any advice for sewing other parts besides the neckline?
When cutting a slit along the curve (③-④), be careful not to cut into the stitch line. Apply scissors up to 1mm off the stitch line. If the slit is not deep enough, you won’t be able to create a beautiful neckline when the fabric is turned inside out.
KF: How should we incorporate this blouse into one’s styling?
With this length, you can enjoy wearing it either by tucking it in or out. Simply designed, this blouse will look great with solid color pants, skirt and jeans, or can be elegantly paired with a suit. It is truly a versatile blouse to have.
KF: Thank you very much, Yoko
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