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Denman Island, British Columbia, Canada
Jean Cockburn retired from her professional career as an academic librarian in 2008 to become a textile artist living on Denman Island, British Columbia. She draws, quilts, embroiders, knits and crochets, makes wearable art, weaves baskets, dyes fabric, and paints watercolours. Her work has been exhibited locally in juried and group shows on Denman Island, in Courtenay, Comox, and Duncan on Vancouver Island, in West Vancouver, and across Canada with the Surface Design Association.

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Sewing Violet blouse by Colette

The availability of attractive clothing patterns from new independent pattern providers, such as Sewaholic,  Colette, By Hand London, and blogging trends like Me Made May have renewed my interest in sewing clothing.
I ordered the Violet blouse pattern and Moneta dress pattern from Colette. Colette is sponsoring a Moneta sewalong which I am looking forward to.

Today I finished sewing Violet in a rust coloured linen with facings from a nice quilting cotton. I used a fusible knit interfacing on the facings (I think fusible on the face fabric too often looks bubbly) and sewed the interfacing and facings together right sides together along the outside edges, then turned and pressed for a finished edge on the facings. I topstitched the facings from the front side of the face fabric so they lie flat and are comfortable to wear and easy to iron. I also lined the back yoke, and made french seams on the sides. These extras were not listed in the pattern instructions, which I consider a drawback, as they make a much nicer garment. I can buy ordinary clothing cheaply ready made, so I think the point of sewing for yourself is to make something special.

I cut a size 8 on the top, and widened to a 12 around the hips. I think that the pattern fits large. I could have cut a 6 on top and 10 around the hips, but still I like the fit of the blouse and will probably make it again as is.

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