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Monday, June 24, 2013

Sewing Project: Cream and Stripe Sencha Blouse

I'm so excited to share my completed Sencha blouse today! It's the second Colette pattern I've made and the first of the pile of patterns I ordered a few weeks ago. I'm really happy with how it turned out!



I chose to use bias tape on the top edges in leiu of the facing. I made this stripy black and white bias tape using this method. It's the second time I've made my own bias tape and I think I'm officially addicted. It looks so cute to use bias tape in a fun color or pattern, instead of settling on the boring solid-color selection available at the fabric stores! I also lengthened my blouse by about an inch and a half and I brought out the sides a tad so they wouldn't be tight on my hips (but I don't think I needed to worry about that!).


I finished the bottom hem with the bias tape as well for a little extra pizazz.

My main fabric is a silk-like synthetic (I'm not sure which kind) that I actually bought in Tonga a couple of years ago, believe it or not! I made my Navy Pintuck Dress in the same fabric and I liked the texture of it so much that I brought some back with me. I think this was the perfect project to finally use it on. The color is a cream that verges on a really light pink and it has a really subtle square pattern woven in. It got pretty stringy on the cut edges and my new serger came in really handy to finish the edges. Well done on your first project, Babylock!


Here it is paired with my black circle skirt and my beloved new Swedish Hasbeens. I really like the way it looks tucked in!



I used some black vintage buttons I had in my stash. You can see in the picture below that the buttons only go part of the way down the back so the bottom gapes open a bit in the back. It's part of the pattern but I think I'd like mine to close all the way down. I don't have any more of these buttons so I'm considering adding some snaps to keep it shut.


Blooper reel:

Thanks for checking out my post! Have any of you made the Sencha blouse? What did you think?

By the way, if you love vintage patterns, be sure to enter my Blogiversary Giveaway by the end of June! I'm giving away 5 cool vintage sewing patterns to one lucky reader!

PS: Thank you Erin for helping me with the pictures!

14 comments:

  1. That's so cute! I love all your detailing. Great job!

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  2. Your version of this top makes me really want this pattern! It's soooo cute!

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    1. Thanks and thanks again for your help with the pictures! They turned out well even despite the creepy guy lurking nearby!

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  3. I forget how pretty this pattern is. I haven't seen it made in a while. Your version is gorgeous. I love the pairing of the stripey bias binding with the pale fabric. Very nice!

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    1. Thanks! I'm already thinking about making another one! It really is a great pattern.

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  4. I tried, and it looked horrific on me. I'm a 36B (size 6 with SBA for Colette) upper and 10 waist and 12 hips. Maybe I just need to get past the bagginess? Yours looks perfect! Would you mind saying what size(s?) you made?

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    1. Sure! I made a 12 and added just a tiny bit of width at the hips (though as you can see I probably didn't need to after all). I'm a 36D. Maybe the difference is in the type of fabric used? I would imagine a less drapey fabric might look more baggy on top.

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  5. That is a lovely blouse. The bias tape is great. It does look fabulous tucked in.

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    1. Thanks! Yes, I think I prefer it tucked in too.

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  6. I've never been sure of this pattern because of my bust but after seeing your version I'm sold. It looks awesome! I love the striped bias binding.

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    1. Thanks! I think it's a great pattern. I wasn't sure about how it would look either until I got it completed and it all came together!

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  7. Your sencha top looks lovely. I think the contrasting bias tape really adds a little something. I have sewn that top too but I'm not quite sure about it looking good on me. I'm very busty and eventhough I also made the keyhole version, I feel like the neckline is too high for my body shape. I used a fluid rayon and I think it's maybe a tad too fluid ;-) Anyway, your top looks great so I think I might have to give the pattern another chance.

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