Archive | August, 2012

Road-Trip Fabric Shopping

I didn’t buy a lot of fabric on my recent road trip, but I did come home with a few gems! The beauty of buying fabric in Portland (the whole state of Oregon, actually) is that there’s no sales tax. Remember this blog post where we talked about how much tax everyone pays on fabric? […]

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Bird and Flower Alma Blouse

Last week I demonstrated a few tips for sewing the Alma Blouse. Today, I’m showing off the finished blouse! Will the facings be visible through the sheer fabric, once the blouse is worn? We’ll see! A little, yes. You can still see the facings through the semi-sheer fabric. If you’re making this blouse in a […]

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Alma Blouse: A Trick to Sewing the Tie Belt

Hey everyone! Today’s post is a little trick to sewing the tie belt on the Alma Blouse. The actual trick is very short to explain, so I thought while I was at it, I’d demonstrate how to make the whole tie belt! You can add a tie belt to any blouse. Thread a contrast tie […]

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Adding Topstitching to the Alma Blouse Neckline

Just for fun, I added a little topstitching to the neckline of the Alma Blouse. I knew how sheer the fabric was when I started, but it still bothers me a little that it’s so see-through, maybe topstitching will work as a distraction! Here’s how I did it: I sewed the first row of stitching, […]

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Sewing Facings in Sheer Fabric

I had enough of the bird-and-flower print left over after making the bird-and-flower Cambie Dress to make a second project! (Don’t you love it when that happens?) Luckily the Alma Blouse (View A) doesn’t require a lot of fabric, and would look pretty in a vintage-inspired floral print. When I started making this blouse, a […]

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Lauren’s Alma Blouse

Lauren’s version of the Alma Blouse is playful and fun! In contrast to Karen’s vibrant and sophisticated print, Lauren picked a small-scale plaid and trimmed her blouse in rick rack for a splash of colour. Same pattern as Karen’s, even the same version of the blouse (View A), and yet it’s a completely different look! […]

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