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