I was browsing recently through a lot of photos my photographer had shot in a session last fall and realized I’d never gotten around to writing about this Misses’ top designed by Katherine Tilton that I’d made.
I just looked through my notes to recollect what changes I made. They were the usual ones: folding out a little excess, which raised the underarm, the waist, and the positioning of the pin tucks. I think I narrowed the back piece a little, too.
I’d never made pin tucks before. I knew I had to do these 1/16″ tucks precisely so that the neckline edge would be the right length for properly attaching the collar. My sewing machine manual showed how to use the blind hem attachment–
to make the pin tucks:
You seasoned pin tuckers are probably laughing up your sleeves, but I was amazed that I was able to achieve accurate results easily after just a little practice.
I chose a cross-dye cotton for a practice run.
The fit turned out fine.
But even though I enjoyed making this blouse I don’t have plans for another one. For one thing, I’m actually not keen on the effect of the pin tucks on me. I think the lines draw the eye toward this poofy middle, where the viewer may wonder whether I had seconds of everything at the brunch buffet last weekend.
I mentioned this suspicion to a friend, who assured me it was all in my imagination. Maybe so. I still think there are more flattering looks out there for me, like the Vogue 8772 blouses I sewed a few weeks ago.
Also, I like having a blouse I can choose to wear tucked or untucked. This blouse is one to wear untucked only, to show off those radiating lines.
Speaking of showing off radiating lines, when I first saw Katherine Tilton’s pattern I was reminded of Ginger Rogers in The Gay Divorcee.
Now that is a striking effect!
(Photos of me are by Cynthia DeGrand .)