Cranberry Silk Blouse 2.0

A little while ago, Kathleen at Fashion Incubator featured one of my Etsy items in her Refine My Line series. I got some great suggestions, and had a lively debate about hem pressing. Most of the suggestions were the kind that made me think, “Of course. Why did I not think of that?” Here are the suggestions that I implemented:

Interface the shoulder seams to reinforce them.
Move the gathers up.
Widen the hem to 2″. Soft press it during construction.
Take the facings and make them slightly smaller than the blouse.
Sew the front seam differently to take out the bump at the neckline where the 2 pieces meet

Everything worked really well except for making the facings smaller. I ended up piecing the facings so they were the original size. I took photos today and updated my Etsy listing.

Here’s my original post about this blouse.

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  1. Posted March 30, 2011 at 11:57 am | Permalink | Reply

    I would like to know what happened when the facings were smaller. Just curious. I really liked the blouse before, and I like it even more now. The higher gathers really make this more flattering silhouette-wise. Is that a french dart on the left side of the picture? Beautiful!

  2. Posted March 30, 2011 at 11:59 am | Permalink | Reply

    It looks much better now.

  3. Marie-Christine
    Posted March 30, 2011 at 2:24 pm | Permalink | Reply

    How much smaller did you make those facings? In silk, I’d aim for something like 1/16″… More of a suggestion of smaller than really cut noticeable smaller.
    It looked good the first time, it’s gorgeous now.

  4. Posted April 4, 2011 at 8:19 am | Permalink | Reply

    The blouse is beautiful, love the colour, love the style.

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