As a rule, I don’t like to copy ready-to-wear. I work in a field where ideas are protected, as is what you produce. Plagiarism may be the sincerest form of flattery, but it’s still plagiarism. Still, I did it this time. I found this blouse at Nordstrom:
It retails for $148 – all linen, raglan top, with tied up sleeves and shirt-tail hem. I really liked it. But before buying it, I saw a similar fabric at Marcy Tilton: darker, more intense, but similar. I decided to give it a go.
I went through my patterns and decided on using Butterick 4684 as my base. I’d made the tunic before, long ago, so thought it would work:
No, it doesn’t have raglan sleeves, but I find that raglan sleeves are hard to fit on me. I chose view D, with the sleeves of view A. Here are the changes I made:
- I eliminated the front slit.
- I used a top I had whose neckline shape and size was similar to the photograph (though a bit smaller as it turns out) to reshape the neckline.
- I used a narrow facing to finish the neckline, top-stitching 3/4″ from the edge.
- I used french seams throughout.
- I set the sleeves in flat before basting the side seam in a continuous seam all the way to the lower edge.
- At this point, I knew it was time to try it on for shaping, as this is a pretty boxy top. I tapered into the waist about 1.5 inches on both sides. I also shorted the top by 1.5 inches.
- After sewing the side seams, I used a favorite shirt to decide the shirt-tail hem, and traced/trimmed the fabric to the right shape front/back before machine-hemming a shirt-tail hem.
- I used half-inch black grommets I had on hand. I would have placed them higher on the sleeve, as in the photo, but my sleeves were a little too narrow. So, I placed them 4.5 inches above the hem, centered, as in the photo.
- I keep going back and forth on the ties. The white cotton twill tape didn’t look right with the darker fabric and black grommet. Unfortunately, the only black twill tape I had on had was synthetic and doesn’t drape. I cut 20″ inch strips for both. Next time I’m buying supplies, I will buy the cotton twill.
Photos. I bought a tripod/remote for my phone, but the blue-tooth wouldn’t pair with my phone. So, the usual not great bathroom selfies. The pants are a white linen/viscose mix (also Marcy Tilton). And, yes, they are Paco Peralto 1550, again. I forgot to put on my shoes, hence the dragging hem!
After seeing the stiff black ties, they are coming out! The white looks better, even as a temporary expedient!