Well March is almost over and I have just managed to scrape in a garment for myself! My last blast of a summer appropriate sewing.  I am calling this my Mod Keyhole Blouse.  When I first saw this fabric it immediately brought to mind sunday afternoon matinee movies with Elvis, Annette Funicello, Frankie Avalon and Gidget!!! And, since it is my fave cotton voile, it took no thought at all – I simply had to have some!

Isn’t it fun?? And who doesn’t like to revisit fun childhood memories? I love the colours.  I seem to be having a love affair with orange right now and I have always been a purple and pink kinda gal.

I used my dress block that I had drafted from my Pattern Drafter Ruler – just cutting it off at blouse length. So I knew the fit would be great.

I decided to make it sleeveless as it was more in keeping with the little tops I remembered from all those films I watched.  And, truth to tell, I purchased the last of the fabric on the roll and didn’t think I would have enough for sleeves! I was very careful how I positioned the pattern on the fabric when I cut it out because I wanted the vertical lines to be centred on the bottom middle of the keyhole curve.

To get the shape of the keyhole accurate, because my drawing skills are extremely limited to say the least, I googled an image of a teardrop and then enlarged it on the photocopier until I had the size I wanted to use.

I drafted an ‘all in one armhole and neckline’ facing and as I was sewing it to the front neck edge I sewed around the teardrop shape that I had transferred to my blouse.  After the sewing stage, I went back and ‘cut away’ the excess fabric, very close to the stitching line, to create the keyhole shape.  Much easier to sew then cut than the other way around – no very curvy bias to sew around!!

I have worn it out a couple of times and just love it.  Because the neckline is the right size for me the ‘keyhole’ doesn’t gape or fall down when I bend over – and I haven’t even put in any interfacing!!

Oh well, that is the end of summer sewing for me – onto warm and woolly and jackets, coats and pants.  I can’t wait – the cold and I are such good friends!

Until next time, happy sewing, quilting, knitting, crocheting and crafting ….

 

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