Making the “Mock Wrap Blouse”-What happens when two different fabrics are used for the same design?

Making the mock wrap blouse. What happens when two different fabrics are used for the same design. @www.amystebbins.com

The mock wrap blouse two different fabrics, with two different challenges and outcomes…

Making the mock wrap blouse. What happens when two different fabrics are used for the same design. @www.amystebbins.com

 

 

 

I am a fan of wrap garments. It doesn’t matter if it is a blouse, dress, or jumpsuit, its all good to me. So it comes as no surprise that I am adding various designs in the “wrap style” to my ready to wear, and sewing pattern collections. When I was designing this blouse, I pictured it in several fabrics and in no way did I want to be limited in my creativity. As always, I “test run” my designs by making a sample in muslin first. This blouse came out beautifully in the muslin, so I figured cotton would be a go as one of the possible fabric choices. I had many 100% cotton fabrics on hand in my stash, and so I let Ciarra select the fabric of her choice. She had been talking about her desire to add more garments to her wardrobe in yellow, so lucky for her, that was one of the colors I had. This shade of yellow fits right in the Pantone colors for spring 2018. For the second fabric we selected a poly chiffon. So what was it like to use two very different fabrics for one design? Here is what happened…

Fabric #1-Yellow 100% cotton…

I went ahead and used up my yellow cotton for blouse test number 1. The blouse came together very fast, and the fabric was very easy to work with. Once the blouse was complete, and Ciarra had worn it for a while, we both agreed it was nice, but then we thought it would be even better in a stretch cotton. This would allow even more ease of movement, as well as making it a breeze to get on and off.

Yellow Mock Wrap blouse @www.amystebbins.com
Shout out to Ciarra for meeting with me to shoot these photos between classes. It was raining on us when we took these pictures, and she was recovering from being sick! Ciarra is the best!

Yellow Mock Wrap blouse @www.amystebbins.com

Yellow Mock Wrap blouse @www.amystebbins.com

Yellow Mock Wrap blouse @www.amystebbins.com



Yellow Mock Wrap blouse @www.amystebbins.com

Yellow Mock Wrap blouse @www.amystebbins.com

So what was our conclusion on the yellow cotton? this blouse will work for regular cotton, but even better in a cotton with some stretch, such as stretch cotton poplin.

Yellow Mock Wrap blouse @www.amystebbins.com
As you can see, yellow is one of the Pantone fashion colors for the spring season 2018

Fabric #2-grey cat print poly chiffon…

For the second test, I used this cute poly chiffon I found on clearance. I have worked with silk chiffon in the past and never had any issues, but this fabric…oh my goddess…it made me want to pull my hair out!

Gray Print Mock Wrap blouse @www.amystebbins.com
Neutral Gray is one of the Fall/Winter 2017-18 Pantone Fashion colors.

In order to cut this blouse out, I had to sandwich the fabric in between the pattern piece and tissue paper, then pin it securely. I then used a rotary cutter and cutting mat to cut the pieces out. Even with all of the prep and care, this fabric STILL wanted to do what it wanted, and it slid all over the place. I do NOT recommend a beginner start with this particular type of fabric. It would cause nothing but frustration. This poly chiffon also unraveled horribly. It almost didn’t make it to the serger, without all the seam allowance coming undone! I would also recommend that if someone uses this type of fabric, that they cut with a larger seam allowance, such as 1 inch. This allows compensation for any unraveling that may occur. I used the French seam technique on the side seams of this blouse, and ended up creating an elastic casing in the hem, because I preferred the way it looked. I was overjoyed once the blouse was finally finished. Ciarra put the blouse on, and it looked adorable on her! The drape and fit were perfect on her frame. Then it happened…after a while of wearing it, she went to take it off. That is when we realized the back center seam had ripped!!! I was so upset. I had to mend the back up, and it was not easy. If you are going to make this blouse in chiffon, I recommend removing the seam allowance on the back center seam, and then cut it on the fold instead. In the end, it all worked out, but holy fabric Batman! This was no easy task! I love a good challenge, but I think I would choose a different chiffon next time.

Gray Print Mock Wrap blouse @www.amystebbins.com
Light and airy blouse, that can be layered with a cami underneath.



Gray Print Mock Wrap blouse @www.amystebbins.com

Gray Print Mock Wrap blouse @www.amystebbins.com

Gray Print Mock Wrap blouse @www.amystebbins.com
One of the ways Ciarra plans to style this blouse.

So what do you think?…

So now that you have seen both blouses, which fabric do you prefer? If you were going to buy, or make this blouse, what color/print would you choose? I really appreciate your opinions and suggestions. Leave a comment below. Thank you!

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving week to all my readers in the USA!

Until next time

Amy

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