Monday, April 30, 2012

RTW = Inspiration!

I did it I did it!  I finished my RTW entry!

A while back, I tried on a pretty blouse at a local boutique. While I loved the lace yoke and the soft gathering across the back, the fit really was awful.  I snapped a couple quick pictures in the changing room, figuring that I'd replicate it "someday".

A few days later, I stumbled across New Look 6107, and bought this fabric. 

And then I found out about Pattern Review's RTW contest, where you try to replicate a RTW garment of your choice.  Obviously it was meant to be.

Of course, there was a lot about the blouse that I didn't like, such as the mammoth amount of fabric in the front, and the bat-wings at the side.  Good thing I can sew myself and can eliminate those things, eh?

Anywho, all of my alteration details are over at my PR review, but here's the finished results, in a side-by-side comparison with the original blouse:


I'm super pleased with the more fitted front, and I adore my fabric choice. The only thing that I'm not happy with is the height of the neckline.  Every single time I've made a New Look pattern in the past, the neckline is too low.  So for this blouse, I automatically raised it by an inch.  It's now an inch too high.  >:(  Oh well, it's still pretty.

I also opted to add the ties, not because I thought it'd improve the look of the blouse, but because I started to follow the wrong instructions.  But that's okay, I like the ties anyways, especially with the higher neckline. Next time, I'll pay attention to what I'm doing.  Maybe.

I love the back of this blouse.  I probably should've added a few more inches to the back of the blouse at the centre back, since there's less gathers than the original, but oh well, I love it anyways.  Plus that might've been too much fabric at the back.


Anywho, that's my entry for the RTW contest!  Go on over and vote in the next week or so!  And no, you don't have to vote for me.  There are some spectacular entries over there!

ETA: Aha okay sorry guys. Maybe wait to go vote on May 3rd, since that's when voting actually starts.  Heh.


  1. Yours is even better than the one you tried on. I'm totally impressed! I'm going to vote right now!

  2. You're a vote tease! Go vote May 3 people!

  3. Way to go! Your's IS better than the RTW, great job!
    Just stumbled on your blog from Suzy Bee's, you've made some really nice pieces.

  4. Wow Heather, this looks great! I agree with the others, your's is way nicer than the RTW inspiration.

  5. Yours is so much nicer and fits far far better than the original. Fantastic job. I am going to go and vote for you right now. What are blog followers for, if not to bend to your will? 8-)

  6. Or maybe I will wait until the voting starts..............

  7. I'm loving this. The addition of the gathers is perfect.

  8. Yours is SO MUCH better than the original. And I LOVE LOVE LOVE the back of it. I wouldn't do a thing differently to that back. Just the right amount of fabric!


  9. Look at you, clever girl! I like how you used the elements you liked best and made them work for you- yours is really way cuter. And extra points for the super cool way you took the photos- love it. :) I'll go vote for you now.. :D

  10. Thank you very much for the lovely comments everyone! I had a lot of fun making this blouse, and it was an interesting challenge to try to alter a pattern to get the finished result that I wanted. :D

  11. Beautiful shirt Heather! You inspire me to sew more, except I'd have to figure out how to do it with Evie in the Baby Bjorn in front of


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