A copycat blouse…

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Miss Impatient here. I’ve managed to sew my stash down to only 4 fabrics, all of which are most suited to winter – not to our very warm and humid Florida summer. The good part, I do have some fabric on order. I just have to maintain… If anyone wondered, the hard part of retirement is paying attention to a budget – being on a pay-as-you-go plan. Two crowns, a new hot water heater, yard cleanup, and sidewalk repairs have left me wistfully window-shopping fabric 🙂

Not to be deterred – I still had a couple yards of Michael Miller Cotton Couture, the last remnant from the 10 yards I ordered in 2014, to muslin my DD’s bridal gown (in the end, and really to my relief, she got a beautiful tea dress from David’s Bridal). So I decided to take a stab at a top that I really like, from Vivid Linen:

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How perfect for hot weather!

I started with the Grainline Scout Tee, a great pattern that I’ve altered quite a bit over time, to fit my wide shoulders and narrow chest, and to add bust darts. On this version, I modified it a lot more!

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But first, another pic of my top…

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The big changes are to mimic the hi-low hems and slit sides of the inspiration blouse. First, I decided how long to make the front. Then I modified the back to be longer than the front. And, last, I drafted the side seams to support a slit. I already had a ‘cropped’ cutting line on my pattern, from past versions, so the changes were fairly easy. Here’s how I managed the side slits and hems. Finished, the back is a bit over 2″ longer than the front:

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Inside view:

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And outside:

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That was pretty easy. I also had to think about the ‘balance’ of the top – finishing the hems, sleeves, neck facing (my add-on, instead of a neckband), and so on. I decided to use the same width for all of them, which I think looks really nice:

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To complete my copycat look, I needed to add pockets (in the end, I only added one). So a tip – cut, measure, trim, and mark pockets. I use Frixion pens, and I stay-stitch all my fold lines to ensure an even turn and application.

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How does the back look? It’s just where I wanted it 🙂

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Of course I’ve styled this top with a very fun pair of True Bias Hudson Pants, sewn in funky ITY knit, from way back in 2014, and still a favorite pattern (blogged here).

So – I’m really pleased with this muslin. What next? Well, I prefer to wear knit tops. They don’t wrinkle, they’re light, and they work well in south Florida – so I’ll be adjusting my pattern draft for knits. Among the fabrics I ordered from Girl Charlee are 8 yards of lightweight modal/cotton/rayon jersey. Should keep me out of trouble for a while.

Ciao! Coco

7 thoughts on “A copycat blouse…

  1. Your top is gorgeous and I think a better design than the inspiration top. Looks stunning on you. Love the pants too. That fabric! Wow. Plus they look ultra comfortable.

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  2. So interesting that you turned a jersey pattern into a woven and a truly excellent version too.
    I’m also impressed with your stash reduction – buy to sew is my motto, although I don’t always live by it 🙂
    Just keep creating and inspiring us… thank you

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  3. Well, I love your new top! And I also love those fun pants! But what I’m most impressed is is the fact that you are down to 4 fabrics in your stash! I’m chipping away at mine ever so slowly. I hope to draw more from my stash since I received the suggestion of searching for patterns to go with my fabrics, not the other way around!

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  4. Oh my, you got me at having only 4 fabrics left in your stash. I wish. (or maybe not…) The top is gorgeous in its simplicity and certainly will “go” with everything. I luv cotton and linen for myself, including the wrinkles. I’m still having a difficult time getting in tune with knits…

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  5. Nice copy. Nothing better than white cotton in the summer. I like how you thought to balance the neck facing with the sleeve and bottom hem. Wish I could wear my neckline that open. I have sloping shoulders and if it is not close to the neck it doesn’t stay put. The way you whip things out, 8 yards will not keep you out of trouble for too long. Looking forward to your creations.

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  6. Wow, I don’t know that my stash has ever been that low! I guess I keep buying and don’t keep up with my sewing! 🙂 Your top looks perfect. and what is better than a cool, summer, white top????

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