Heya !! Today its time to talk about my latest creation ( adding a lot of close up shots to observe the details ;))- The Sassy Librarian Blouse. Have you heard of it ? This is a class at the craftsy platform.I am totally in love with the class and the pattern.[Click on the link below to read full Text]
|Sassy Librarian blouse :)|
I recently purchased this class and was very eager to make the blouse. The instructor is Christine Haynes, author of the book - Sew Chic and simple. It is a fun to learn class.She is very friendly throughout the class,talking about the very basics of sewing as she makes the blouse herself.Thanks to her for that :) While watching the video it is a very good idea to make notes in the notes window or in a book. As I had watched the video some days back and it was useful that I referred to my notes for tricky steps. Or else I should have watched the video all over again.There is a pattern that is provided with the class as a download.The pattern has to be printed on paper and it was quite a number of pages.I dislike printing out patterns and using so much paper.Since it had colored lines on it and I printed in grey scale . Some were not visible I had to set them right before I got to cutting. I had to spend lot of time taping the papers and cutting out - but it was all worth the effort.
|I love the tucks .|
I chose the View B of the Sassy librarian blouse. Simply because of the tucks :D What I particularly like about this blouse is the tucks. I had once chosen to the Dress J from Stylish dress book. This dress pattern also featured tucks. But the instructions was overwhelming and also the tucks were too closely spaced for a first-timer. So I chucked the entire fabric which I had cut to make that dress. It was light blue in color and I felt bad to discard it :(. So I was extra careful to make the tucks on this blouse. I took a lot of time and made sure I got the things right. I used a cotton with satin weave.
|Close up of the arm bands.|
Attaching the sleeves was not a problem.It is simple band sleeves. Next time I want to make the sleeves a little longer.Talking about the big black buttons I have used. I chose to add buttons with big diameter because I recently read somewhere about button sizes in proportion to the button band width. Here since the tab was wide enough to hold a 5/8th inch button, I went for it.
|The back View of the release pleats!|
I like the pattern silhouette. Both the two models wearing the blouse in the class advertisement(both views) I feel near the bust it is slightly loose and not tight fitted. I guess it is because of the shaping with release pleats. Somehow I do not like the release pleats.I guess it will suit people with an upper triangle figure or a more fuller bust. So I omitted the release pleats on the front side. I am any day a fan of darts than release pleats for shaping a garment! I faced a problem with the back side.(The upper back especially near the neck gapes a lot). So, I have to constantly pull the blouse from the back. It would be good if I totally omitted these release pleats next time I make one :D
Check out the side look of it. I shall have to take in a few inches from the side seams near the bust.
Overall , it was a good experience. If you like the blouse and the pattern is available in your size , then the class is for you. Have you had experience with any of Craftsy's sewing classes? Did you like my blouse? Let me know:)
Have a great day.