Sunday, February 3, 2013

Mortem's Tricks or Treats: Camisole Blouse

As promised, I will showcase for you today the blouse I never got around to uploading after I had completed it.



The silhouette is fairly simple, it's just a large rectangular piece that has two drawstrings to cinch up for the ruffle-poof effect.


 The drawstrings also contribute to the overall piece as well, adding a large bow on the bottom hem, and a small one around the top.

Instead of buttonholes with buttons, I opted for a more eye-pleasing approach and used loop closures.
I picked a set of pretty buttons, and suddenly there was a nice focal point!




I was really toying with the idea of using the tattered flower trim for straps, but in the end I decided it would've made it look more like an under garment piece than something you'd wear out.

I also took this as an opportunity to attempt something I haven't done on an actual garment before: pintucks!
They seem easy, but when it comes to applying them on a garment... eh... it wasn't as easy as I first thought, hehe.

Despite the slight complications with the pintucks, what frustrated me most were the straps. Maybe it was the night I was working on it and the mood I was in, but I had to unstitch and reattach them three times before I finally had them the way I wanted, which was criss crossed on the back.


And that's that... the tribulations of a seamstress without a dressform!



It's very difficult to really tailor my tops until I am either sent the one I had in Canada, or save up enough to purchase another one... whichever comes first, I suppose. In the meantime time, I ache for a the myriad of fitted blouse ideas which sit in my sketch books!

Hopefully throughout the month I can complete the outfit which I constructed this blouse for: I still need to make the skirt and the over-top!

Necklace is self-made.





19 comments:

  1. That's amazing - better than anything ready-made I've ever seen in a store! :D

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    1. What a compliment! That really does mean a lot =D

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  2. So pretty! Your attention to detail is amazing. Love it!

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    1. I appreciate it =D
      I'm a teeny bit picky with details of my handmade clothing!

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  3. It came out very well- it's so pretty! I love all the textures and the buttons :) I like the look of pintucks too, but they confuse me when it comes to adding them to a pattern.

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    1. Thank you!
      Yes, pintucks are still a bit of a mystery to me; especially in sections of a whole piece, rather than in individual sections... perhaps one of these days I will grasp it, but for now I'll stick with individual sections lol.

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  4. I like monochromatic stuff that is still visually busy. Austere is fun, but... well, I have ADD and I like details.

    Ever considered making a duct-tape dummy?

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    1. I'm a huge advocate of details on black clothing--it makes me quite particular about clothing, though heh.

      I have actually thought about making one, but I don't have a buddy willing to spend that many hours taping up my body lol.

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  5. It looks amazing! The details are beautiful! So inspiring! I might have to give something like this a go! I loved the ruched flowery looking bits how did you do them?

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    1. Thank you =)
      It's just a spool of tattered flower trim I bought-- but I think it would be really easy to reproduce with black organza. It looks like one really long piece of ribbon formed into roses along a length of mesh.

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  6. What a wonderful top you made of just a squared piece of fabric! I love all the details that you made of it, it is so nice. I'm a bit ashamed that I haven't followed your blog earlier, you write about so many interestning and creative things! <3

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    1. Thank you very much =D
      It's always nice to have new readers any time!

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  7. Oh and I can;'t remember if I told you, I nominated you for a Gargie award-http://rosesandvellum.blogspot.com.au/2013/02/gargie-award-and-very-inspiring-blogger.html

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  8. My goodness, you are very talented! I really like those buttons, they are gorgeous!

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  9. You're really good at sewing projects! I've never tried pin-tucks, but they just look like they're going to be trouble, especially as I'm not very good at fiddly things. You've made a really nice blouse there, and the buttons with loops closure looks really good, and those are some nice buttons you found. I might have a go at something similar (but not the same, I wouldn't want to copy) at some time.

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    1. Thank you!
      Pintucks are easy on cotton, but yes... on other more flowy fabrics they are super fiddly!
      Well if you ever post that blouse, I'd love to see it! There's nothing more exhilarating to me than seeing people flex their creative muscles, especially with sewing! I'm quite happy I could inspire you =D

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