I finally got up the courage to cut into the one yard of four-ply silk that was meant for my Paco Peralta blouse. I decided to include the shoulder and waist alterations suggested in the Fit Clinic, and I also added length to give me a top I could comfortably wear tucked in or out if I wanted. I again referenced the instructions on Peralta’s blog since I wanted to get everything perfect. I attached the back to the back facing, then quickly stitched the shoulder seams before moving on to the V on the front of the blouse. This bit is the trickiest part of the whole thing. Once you get through it, all that’s left is to hem the sleeves, stitch up the side seams, and then hem the bottom.
Here’s what I did to get a nice V. After stay stitching as recommended on Peralta’s blog, I stitched along the stitching line with very short stitches just near the point of the bottom portion. I then snipped down through the seam allowance to within a thread of the stitching. I pinned all along one side of the V with right sides together. It’s important to match the peak points well with the seam allowance splayed open or you’ll get a bubble at the point. Pin carefully so as to keep the bias from shifting. Then sew from the top down to within a stitch of the peak. Repeat for the other side. This leaves a teeny tiny little hole at the peak, but no one will notice.
I omitted the back zip since my muslin proved that I could easily get the top on and off without it. There’s a lot of ease in this blouse, especially with the bias cut cowl section. And, since the back center seam line wasn’t shaped much, I just cut it on the fold, omitting the seam allowances.
This four-ply silk from FineFabrics.com is a dream to work with. It’s heavy and not slippery at all. It plays well with the light. My husband tried to catch me walking to show off just how the blouse looks in motion, but none of the pictures were in focus. I still think they look neat, so I’ve included one anyway.
I knew I wanted to make this cowl-necked blouse for the Sew Weekly city theme. The upside down V that joins the bias cowl section to the rest of the blouse reminded me of the iconic Transamerica Pyramid in San Francisco. Upside down, of course.
San Francisco is probably better known for its Golden Gate Bridge, but of the buildings that make up its skyline, the Transamerica Pyramid stands as the tallest and most distinct skyscraper. You can read my Sew Weekly post here.
This blouse is the eighth completed garment for my SWAP. The end is soon, and I’m not on pace to finish, but I have had fun playing along and look forward to completing my last three SWAP garments sometime soon even if not be the deadline.