It’s a Pacific NW celebration! A Rose City triptych! I was born up at OHSU in Portland, Oregon, Pendleton Wool originated in Pendleton, Oregon and is now headquartered in Portland, Oregon, and the lovely pattern company, Colette Patterns, recently moved from SE to NE Portland, Oregon.
This is the Pendleton cotton I bought during my awesome Pendleton sale shopping spree. After my questionable muslin, I went for it and turned it into a Colette Patterns’ Sencha blouse with a few tweaks.
I’m totally in love with it. I’ve already worn it to work. I’m going to wear it non-stop.
I cut a straight size 8 this time, added 2 inches to the bottom, removed back button placket, inserted back invisible zipper with a 1″ seam allowance to take out any gaping. I probably should have graded back out at the hips, but it’s not going to stop me from wearing it, nor am I going to rip out any seams to use the seam allowance ease I know is in there…I’m good with it.
I top stitched the darts again.
I serged all my edges. It’s a thin cotton and I didn’t want to add any bulk. I also was watching the free Craftsy zipper tutorials one night (it’s a FREE mini class here) – you can always better your technique or learn something new right? Well, sure as shit, there she was, using a knit stabilizer on a woven fabric for her zipper installs. I don’t think I’m going to go run out and buy the steam-a-seam tape she uses, or even buy knit stabilizer in tape form, but I DID cut strips of knit stabilizer I had on hand to use in my zipper install on this version. Holy crap. If I wouldn’t have already used the usual stabilizer on the neckline, I might have done it there too.
Knit stabilizer on woven fabric is amazing. Like….I’m going to keep just using knit stabilizer instead. Well, I’ll run out of what I have first…cuz that stuff is $$$, but…yeah.
Here’s me being a dork. The camera remote is new to me and this is me talking between my teeth….”is it working…are you working? should I…” CLICK – and look at that. I have the same expression almost as Gru….awesome. LIGHTBUUULB
PS! I totally machine washed and dried this cotton before hand. I may have paid a grip for it, but I won’t wear it if it isn’t easy to take care of…so, now that it’s done – I love it AND I’m not afraid to wear it!