Shona's sewing spotlight
It's been so great seeing your versions of the patterns appearing online and how each garment expresses your personality. I really love to see how they turn out, and I thought you guys might like to see some of the results for yourselves. This week, Shona from Shona Stitches blog shares her funky version of the Ava peplum blouse.
How long have you been sewing? Would you describe yourself as a novice, beginner, intermediate, or advanced seamstress?
I've been sewing for almost nine years but have just recently begun to feel like I've advanced to an intermediate level. Until last year I was only sewing occasionally, mostly making skirts and dresses without really following instructions or reading up on technique. Then I started reading sewing blogs and seeing things that other people were making, and I was amazed. I saw people who had only been sewing for a year making really professional looking garments and my concept of handmade clothes totally changed. I started taking my time with the things I made and really challenging myself to keep getting better. Starting a blog has helped to keep me motivated!
What type of fabric did you use for this creation? Is there a type of fabric that would have been more suitable?
I used a cotton/silk blend from Mood. It works great for this pattern, I think, even with the crazy print. Just be careful when washing something like this - the colors bled the first time I washed this top, even though I had pre-washed the fabric! I may have set it to the wrong temperature...not sure, but I panicked! Thankfully a long soak in some color-safe bleach made it as good as new.
Did you make any personal adjustments to the pattern to make it your own?
I stuck to the instructions since it was my first time making this pattern. As far as fitting goes, I had to take it in at the sides around the bust area. I've learned since creating this top that making a small bust adjustment works much better than taking in the sides, as that usually makes the armholes too tight. Luckily, that wasn't much of an issue with this top.
Where do you wear this piece?
I've gotten more wear out of this than any other garment I've made. It's a favorite! I've worn it to work several times and out to dinner with my fiancé.
Also in The Victory Patterns Blog
UPDATE: I've added three new sizes to the pattern so that it can be used more appropriately for men and children.
Hi guys! I hope you're keeping safe and healthy during this crazy time. After a bit of tweaking a few masks patterns, I've found a fit and style that I really like and I wanted to share it with you, in case you'd like to make masks for yourself, or your community.
This mask features a center seam that has shaping to accommodate the nose and chin. It also has two two layers of fabric, and a slot for a filter to be placed between layers.
Sloane features a fitted bodice with a princess seam, which is my favorite for fitting the bust area! Having a seam over the bust makes modifications to this area a pleasure.
In this tutorial, I'll show you how to create a full and small bust adjustment for this style. I'll show you the quick and dirty method for those of you who have just a little bit to add or take away, and I'll also walk you through the traditional approach to a bust adjustment for this style.