Sunday, January 25, 2009

Princess shirt/blouse...

I've been working slowly on the fitting and sewing of the Lutterloh blouse/shirt from August 2003, #250 with a different fabric than I planned on for the first version. The princess lines are new to me. These particular princess lines are not over the bust on the pattern, but more like side panels. Being short as well as smaller through the shoulders than the rest of my ample frame, I used my template from the Making a Bodice Muslin class on PR to fit the shoulders and armhole area. Then when I sewed the two panels together on the front I just cut off the "tails" that stuck up from the princess seams.I am sure this is not the approved way to do it, but WOW...it worked. On the back princess seaming it was a better armhole line, so didn't seem to need that. The blouse is a good fit. More fitted than I usually wear for sure, and my son says it is flattering. That's good to hear. I am getting use to the fact that Lutterloh isn't going to have the ease of our big 4 patterns, I think the euro-style in general is more fitted. So next time I may make this a bit larger on the side seams. BUT, the fit is the best yet on any shirt I have made. I am going to make another. I am not done with this one yet though. I did the buttonholes with my sensor foot on the Viking 770. That worked well after I again reviewed the user manual and the video that came with the machine - funny how a year later you need to re-review the instructions! Now to drag out my button sew on foot and do the buttons. Then for the final picture. I am sorry the print on this fabric seems to just obliterate the lines of the shirt! Perhaps I will make a solid color one, or one with a less bright and busy pattern next time.

3 comments:

wendy said...

Oh, that blue floral is gorgeous! Perfect for a blouse.

I have tiny shoulders too, and I've done all kinds of wonky things to make princess line tops fit, so I cracked up at your description of snipping off the extra bits. If it fits in the end, all is well anyway! ;-)

Sherril said...

I really like the lapel collar on this shirt. A flattering comment from a male is more than one could ask for. The color is perfectly suited to you so don't apologize for using that cute fabric. It would probably look great in a solid too.

kathysews said...

Ohhh,I'm so happy to find someone using Lutterloh. I bought the system but have not gotten very far, mine is 2005 I think. I appreciate your posts, will keep following. Thanks.