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Batik peplum bouse


I’ve used McCalls 7052 to make this, although I am not sure why, as I have a much used Vogue 8815 in my pattern collection which is very similar. Although the blouse looks good, I think I prefer the Vogue pattern even if I have made it three times previously, for example

The fabric came from the NEC in March, bought with the intention of making some sort of floaty blouse that I could wear for business and pleasure. Taking a lesson from the recent ‘white blouse marking experience’, I used pink wax paper again, and was lucky a second time that it washed out OK. It made the neck facing very easy to fit, although I am not over pleased with the way that it sits on me!

With the exception of the back seam and bodice / peplum seam, the seams are flat felled seams. The back fastening is such that it required a seam to be pressed flat, so that and the bodice / peplum seam are both finished on the overlocker.


The button came from my everlasting supply of buttons that I don’t know where they came from… In fact I have several of these, but that fact doesn’t help me recall their source. They are probably from my first sewing life, 25 years ago. I used a hand finished loop, now that I have white embroidery cotton, although the batik wasn’t over keen to let me put a needle through it that was capable of holding embroidery thread. I managed.

The really brilliant thing about this top is that I used an overlocked rolled hem to finish the bottom of the peplum. Now that I have sorted out the thread quality problem, there is no stopping me. I hesitated briefly, but it was the only way to do it!


Ah, ha! You can just see a new skirt underneath the blouse, but more about that in a later blog……

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This entry was posted on April 11, 2015 by in Blouses, Fashion, McCalls, Sewing, Tops and tagged , , , , , , , .
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