My five versions -
The first blouse has been used as an example through the sew along itself, and the second blouse has been made using a silk georgette and I can't believe it but Cissie tried the geletin method and it worked. She said it made it so much easier to keep such a flimsy fabric on grain and did not make the fabric stiff at all....really who thinks of these things?!
Angela who you might know as Egwene made her blouse from a lightweight cotton batiste which she felt was slightly stiff, but I personally think it adds to the gorgeous shaping. Its a divine spring and summer top...makes me desperate for the sun!
She said in order to avoid adding additonal stiffness, she used french seams for the shoulders and machine sewed the side seams, turning under the seam allowances and then handstitching them in place leaving them soft and flexible.... she then finished up by pickstitching the undercollar.
and then she made a skirt...wop wop! and matched the skirt facings to the top...ah perfect :-)
Angela said "For the skirt I used a very soft, losely woven fabric. I underlined it with silk organza. Hem and slit edges are finished with Hong-Kong finish. For the waist facing, I used a medium weight linen as interfacing and sewed it in several rows to the fashion fabric. This gave it a good stability. I used a prickstich for the upper edge. The lining fabric is called "Cupro" in German, I do not know if it is the same in English? It is manufactured from cellulose fibers.
The skirt is really comfy, but it has a bit more flare than I like.
She says this is a wearable muslin ?! its beautiful... the fabric is a gorgeous hammered silk and there is also a matching skirt planned with the remnants, can't wait to see that!
Dagmar used all couture techniques in the construction which included thread tracing, an organza underlining for the collar, french seams, a darted slit opening, bias binding sewn by hand, and a hand gathered and pick stitched collar.
There is also a slit on the front, which I love.
I could not wait to show off Dagmars latest version of the blouse, I love how she keeps exploring the possibilities and versitility of this pattern...
It makes me want to dig out my flip flops and sun hat....and walk a beach or two. Gorgeous.
Dagmar calls this a wearable muslin?! and says she made it out of a beautiful red white and black pinstripe linen. The collar and slit are hand sewn using couture techniques and the seams and hem were made using David Coffin’s shirt making guide for flat felling and rolled hemming.
and believe it or not, she is making another version in a stunning shirred silk that I can't wait to see finished...pics to come!
Sandra made the most amazing animal print blouse.... it suits her perfectly....gorgeous.
Of course tonight i've been digging around in my stash to find something similar... I am so inspired by this!
She underlined both collar pieces with silk organza and machine basted them in place. Used the couture method for the back opening and a hairline seam for the shoulder seams, but found it was a bit to stiff with all that machine stitching so opted for a french seam down the sides. Hand stitched the collar closed on the inside using a wee fell stitch and for the armholes, thread stitched first then folded twice and hand stitched so it would have a flexible fall to match the fabric.
and for more info, check out Sandras blog and her amazingly wonderful weather!
I emailed Shawn asking if I could show her blouse after seeing it on the RTW Fastners facebook....I think her choice of two contrasting fabrics are beautiful and it works so well. It adds such a layer of interest...
I keep thinking a black on black version would be a fabulous addition to my closet!
You can find all the details of her construction and fabric on her blog - Thats sew Shawn
I had the absolute pleasure of meeting Bernice in Baltimore when we both attended Susan Khalje's couture class last year...and so was really delighted when she sent me pictures of her three gorgeous versions...
Bernice says -
She made her initial muslin (in muslin) cutting a size 46....and says - I was happy with the fit so went ahead with blouses 1 and 2 in polyester crepe de chine. After working through the construction of those I was ready for blouse 3 in silk crepe de chine. I used the couture method (from Susan Khalje) for the back opening for all 3. Really love this! I didn't add to the back pattern piece to compensate for the dart as I liked the opening that the dart created. I gathered the hem of all 3 blouses as I liked that look.
Blouse 1 is pretty much the pattern as is.
For blouse 2 I decided to attempt the sleeve as you had such great detail about what you did. I adapted a sleeve pattern that I already had (simplicity 2151) which seemed like it would work. I have mixed feelings on the result. I think the sleeve ended up nearly right but is a bit too puffy at the shoulder seam. I decided not to spend more time tweaking it as I really preferred the sleeveless blouse. (But i was super pleased that i could fairly successfully add a sleeve.) I ended up gathering the sleeve hem slightly because I had gathered the blouse hem and it looked unfinished to leave the sleeve hem ungathered.
For blouse 3 I then felt comfortable to cut my silk fabric. I sewed french seams (a first for me :). I used a pretty frog closure at the back which I really love. This blouse is really lovely and my favorite.
and lookey here, three skirts to add to the list......Bernice you are a wonder!
And Cissie deserves another seperate mention for this beauty! After making her much loved Style Arc Kate dress...and finding she had a little fabric left over, she just wipped up a third version of the blouse!! Honestly I am crazy about this one....and its a jersey knit to.
Cissie says -
When I finished this wrap dress, I had a decent sized scrap of this cotton/synthetic knit fabric left and wondered how it would translate into the Marfy pattern. Somehow knits, sergers, fusibles, etc are all dirty words in the world of couture. But for many people, they are essentials for sewing for their lifestyle.
I'm happy to report that the top made up beautifully in this knit, which has wonderful drape. The only alteration I made was to take in the side seams about 1" -- serged! I used miles of very fine fusible stay tape on all the curved areas as well as the back shoulder. I also used fusible couture interfacing from Fashion Supply for the collar pieces. The brilliant back slit worked beautifully on a knit -- after first fusing a wide strip of stay tape down the CB. I turned the armholes in on the SA and used my coverstitch machine to stitch them in place. I can hear you gasping, Leisa!! But, as I said, this was a scientific experiment! I haven't hemmed the bottom yet as I'm unsure if I want to use the elastic or just hem it.
One of the many great things about this Marfy top is how versatile it is. It lends itself to voile, silks, and now knits! I wouldn't recommend Spandex or ponte however.
I was honestly left a little speechless after seeing this blouse.....Jenni quilted and beaded the collar and added full length sleeves, is this not divine?
I quilted my collar and put beads on it. The under collar has interfacing, mainly because I already interfaced one piece before I decided to quilt it. The outer collar has a piece of flannel behind it to give it body and support the quilting. Its some of that really old fashioned thick stripy flannel that old men’s night shirts were made from. I got it from a mill shop as a ten meter piece and its been wonderful for all sorts of supporting roles, including padding the lining of a trenchcoat.
Side/shoulder and sleeve seams are French seams, the armhole seams are mock French seams which didn’t work as well as I’d hoped, I think I need to practice a bit more on those. The armhole seam treatment was hand sewn. Collar closes with a snap with a button over it for decoration.
For the next version I need to lengthen my sleeves and body a bit, but its wearable as it is and looks super with the new jeans I made a few weeks ago.
Of course Sarah from Goodbye Valentino needs no introduction!
She made the most gorgeous blouse, using a Mood crepe de chine and you can find all the details of her construction here
Mary made the most beautiful version of the blouse using a Leonard silk print, and designed a stunning collar to compliment the fabric.
You can find all the details and see more exquisite work over on her blog Cloning couture
Sharon calls this her Version 1, wearable muslin but seriously calling this a muslin is a stretch...really! Its beautifully made, using a variety of couture techniques..which she said she loved!
I absolutely adore the print and button closure, and the colour suits her beautifully. You can find more details on her fitting and construction on here blog ...Petite and Sewing
Ann just made these three gorgeous versions..... and just look at those sleeves, amazing!!
You can find all the details on her blog AniliN on construction, fabric choices etc.