Friday, May 07, 2010

Colette Sencha pt 3 - finished!

My Sencha blouse is finally finished! I made the keyhole neck version.


The fit is wonderful in the front, with nearly no alterations. I cut out the 14 through the neck & shoulders and the 18 at the side seams. I don't know if I mentioned in the previous post that the armhole was a little snug, but I had to drop that about 1/2". I love the cut-on cap sleeves though!

Here's headless me:


I like how the darts make it more fitted through the torso. There are lots of opportunities to customize the fit through there too.

Here's a closer view of the keyhole. I also edgestitched the neckline. The pattern calls for understitching, but the keyhole makes that a real mess to try & do neatly. I went with a good pressing & an edgestitch instead.


The back facing & placket have a boo-boo in the pattern. The instructions are correct, they say to turn back 1/4" and stitch, but the diagram/illustration that is paired with that instruction show the neck & hem seam allowances pressed under (so that they are caught under this line of stitching). But in the next direction, you are to turn back the placket on itself (RST) to stitch along the seam line and create a neat finish at the hem & neck. But to do that you need those seam allowances free! I don't remember reading this particular glitch anywhere, and perhaps this is an errata that is on their website. I honestly didn't think to check.

In any case, it was a simple bit of seam ripping and re-stitching and the back turned out perfectly. I used shell buttons on the back.


And one more shot of moi, no head. Sorry, haven't fixed my hair!


Here's my friend the peach tree, where I take nearly all my close up shots! Look! Itty bitty peaches!

25 comments:

  1. Oh, I just LOVE it. And now I have a very weird request of you-- I think you know I am still nursing Violet and I have been so tempted by this pattern but I am afraid that I won't be able to nurse in this top because it is too fitted. Can you lift this top high enough to access your, ahem, bust without unbuttoning the back? If so, I am totally buying this right now. If not, I suppose this will have to wait until I am through with babies... (You have my email, right?)

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  2. Cute, cute! I love the fit and design. Great color on you as well. (I think, even though you're headless.) Very retro too.

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  3. Great job and great print. I might have to get that pattern one day.

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  4. Nice job! The top looks great on you.

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  5. Very cute! I love the fabric with the style you picked for it! It looks fabulous on you!

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  6. I like the edgestitched keyhole, that came out nice (I'm a fan of edgestitching). Interesting about the error, you should let her know just in case.

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  7. Stunning! My new favorite word. it's a great top. I really like it. g

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  8. This looks terrific on you. Great job.

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  9. Love it, love it, love it!!! That pattern is on my gotta have list. ;-)

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  10. What a lovely blouse, I love the colour on you and the style is super cute....Happy mom's day

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  11. That is a beautiful blouse and really lovely fabric.

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  12. What a nice top! It has two of may favorites, it's red and it's a floral print. Love it!

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  13. Very pretty! Love the print you used.

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  14. A wonderful top! I really love the fabric! Looks great for hot days.

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  15. Very retro, very you, very pretty blouse! The red print looks awesome with your white jeans.

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  16. What a great blouse. I LOVE that fabric - so retro chic!!

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  17. Love it. The fabric is wonderful, the fit is perfect. Just love the vintage look.

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  18. Great top - it's perfect for that fabric and really looks nice, even on a "headless" you!

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  19. Gorgeous! Now I want this pattern even more!

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  20. Lovely blouse! Great shape, and it looks comfortable, too. I have this pattern in the stash, may need to move it higher on the "next up" projects list. Love it with the jeans: great one-step-up-from-casual look.

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  21. What a great surprise to see your finished blouse today... and I LOVE it. It looks fabulous on you- even without your head. :)

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  22. This looks great on you! I love it! The red is beautiful and I love the little shell buttons!

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  23. Anonymous10:45 PM

    The top looks great on you and pairs so well with the pants. I've been on the fence about this top...think it's one of the "must haves" now.
    Cynthia

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  24. Great job! I love your top. I have this pattern, but haven't yet traced it. It may move up in the queue!

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  25. That is gorgeous! The print looks so much more vivid in "real life" than it did on the swatch you showed and the style really suits you. Thanks for the tip re the nec finishing - I will keep that in mind if / when I buy this pattern!

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