Friday, April 17, 2009
Next: BWOF 01-09-130 Pants & BWOF 05-08-128 Blouse
Currently, I'm working on my first warm weather project, which means it has short sleeves. Many of the blouses BWOF has been showing recently are "long blouses", but I'm shortening this blouse. BWOF is known for being "fashion forward". Next year, if everyone is wearing long blouses, I'll be ready to jump on the bandwagon. Shortening this blouse demonstrates how my sewing has changed over the years. The "old me" would have just drawn a straight line at the new length and cut off the extra. The "new me" determined the amount to be removed and measured up from the bottom at various points along the hemline, thus maintaining the subtly shaped hem. It's hard to see the shape of hem because it is more of a fitting detail than a style detail. Most BWOF blouses are a little longer in the front to account for the larger busts while keeping the appearance of a straight hem. Since I sew BWOF almost exclusively, I'm not sure if all pattern companies and all sizes have this feature. There is also a slit in the sleeve that isn't evident in the technical drawing, garment photograph or the style photograph. Sometimes the design details in BWOF are surprises.