School Wardrobe - Blouse
McCall's 4866, Short Sleeves
Thank you all for the warm welcome back! I will be posting during this next vacation as I know that all the places that I will be have internet connections. It wasn't necessarily that way during the last two weeks!
Before I left for vacation, I cut out two blouses for my daughter from McCall's 4866 so that when I returned home, I'd be able to make them quickly. When I return from Georgia, I will still have two weeks before school starts, so I plan to finish the remainder of the school clothes then (3 skirts, 1 jumper, 1 dress and 2 knit tops).
This blouse is a very basic blouse, with front and back darts, buttons, curved hem and three sleeve options. My daughter wanted short sleeves for the pink blouse. She also chose snaps for the closure because we didn't have any matching buttons (hundreds of buttons, but no matching ones, go figure!) and because I just got a new toy, a snap tool and snaps from Snapsource.
Here's a quick peek inside the blouse, showing the serged side seams, the front dart and the finished front edge of the facing. For these blouses, I've been serging the shoulder seams, attaching the sleeves while still flat and then serging the underarm seam and side seam in one long seam. For me, this speeds things up a bit.
To keep the facing edge neat, I stitch the interfacing to the facing right sides together *before* fusing it to the fabric. After stitching, I turn the interfacing to the wrong side and fuse it to the fabric.
Tomorrow I'll show you the blue blouse and how I sometimes sew to save time for simple projects like this.
Parting Shot: In a Jam. Due to a lot of schedule difficulties this summer, we have not had a chance to go pick berries to make jam. When I saw yellow tomatoes on sale at the grocery store, I knew it was my chance to make Yellow Tomato Preserves. I bought 5 pounds (2.25kg), enough for two batches of preserves. You might be thinking, "yuck, yellow tomatoes?!?". Actually, the preserves don't taste like tomatoes at all. Each batch contains a lemon, an orange, and cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice. My mother in-law loves this stuff and will rub a chicken with it before roasting for a very tasty chicken.