weekend getaway blouse with bias bound edges

Please join me in welcoming Claire to the blog today. She blogs at Belle Citadel and you can also find her as @belle_citadel on Instagram. She is a member of the Liesl + Co. Advisors Circle and she’s here to share her Weekend Getaway Blouse with bias bound edges. For even more Weekend Getaway inspiration be sure to check out Liesl’s Pinterest board: Inspiration and styling ideas for the Liesl + Co. Weekend Getaway Dress and Blouse sewing pattern.

I’ve been meaning to make the Weekend Getaway Blouse for quite some time, so when Liesl told us it was being re-issued in paper format for spring, I decided to tackle a version with something of a twist. The original version is described as having “a relaxed fit and a flattering V-neck – the pattern features kimono sleeves (meaning no sleeves to set-in) and no closures, making it very easy to sew.”

Liesl + Co. Weekend Getaway Blouse

It also features a facing, which is then exposed to offer an exciting contrast if you so choose. Based on an inspiration photo I spotted in Liesl’s notes, I decided to try foregoing the facing completely and finishing the blouse in bias binding to add a pop of color and give it a slightly different look. I’m still a fairly novice sewist and certainly don’t have much experience manipulating patterns and construction, so I was eager to give this a go as a simpler adjustment than some! (Check out Lori’s pleats addition from a few days ago for some springtime eye candy inspiration).

Liesl + Co. Weekend Getaway Blouse

The lack of facing immediately makes the pattern much simpler. I made sure to pick a cotton lawn that was similar on the right and wrong sides and therefore only needed to cut a front, back and the pockets! I have used bias binding a little before and had the perfect bright pink and gold cotton remnant in my stash with which to whip up a few yards. I used the continuous method of making bias strips, which is very useful as you can use a small square of fabric, rather than cutting all the way across a larger piece.

Bias binding

I then decided to bind the center front edges first, so everything didn’t get all caught up after sewing those together. I made sure to remove the ½” seam allowance from the center front edges and neckline that weren’t needed for the bias binding finish. I should also add that I had already taken Liesl’s advice in the pattern and made a full bust adjustment on the size 14. I used the method outlined in the pattern, which was a new method for me and involved manipulating the shape along the body of the garment to a larger extent than other methods I’ve used. I think it worked out rather nicely on the front, although I will definitely lower the bust darts by an inch or so next time.

Liesl + Co. Weekend Getaway Blouse

One thing to watch is which side you sew the bias binding from. I finished the center front binding from the right side, but of course that gets flipped out to form the center front seam. Therefore, I have a little bit of thread that’s gone off-piste; it’s no big deal, but if that sort of details irks you, best to sew from the other side or be really careful.

Liesl + Co. Weekend Getaway Blouse

Next, I joined the shoulder and side seams, using a French seam finish, which was almost mandatory with the sheerness of my white lawn. I then bound the entire neckline and finished the corners where the center front meets the neckline with a little handsewing. I could definitely neaten that up and found the perfect way to finish it in Liesl’s tutorials after I’d finished. Ah well, I’ll use this next time!

Liesl + Co. Weekend Getaway Blouse

Liesl + Co. Weekend Getaway Blouse

Finally, I added bias binding to the sleeves and made sure to cut off the hem allowance before doing so. This was nice and straightforward. I liked the length of the blouse pretty much as it was, so I took a narrow hem of ¼” and folded over twice for a total of ½”. At this point, I took a good look at the blouse and it didn’t feel quite … finished to me. After thinking about it for a while, I decided to add pockets.

Pockets on the Liesl + Co. Weekend Getaway Blouse

I must say I really like how these pockets are shaped and constructed. I’ve made a few pairs of this type of pocket now and these are definitely one of the best for instructions and just feeling like a “solid” pocket. The blouse now felt a lot more me; I toyed with adding buttons, but opted just to leave it as it was.

Liesl + Co. Weekend Getaway Blouse

It’s such a light and airy garment. It’s a little different from my usual style, but I can totally see myself wearing this in the summer over a bikini top with a pair of wide-leg linen trousers. That seems hard to picture right now with the continuing Seattle spring showers!

Liesl + Co. Weekend Getaway Blouse

I really enjoyed tinkering with this pattern and it really taught me a lot in how to think about adapting a construction method. I’m looking forward to the next sew already!


 

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4 Comments

  1. Susan terrill

    Thank you for this post and the others about this versatile blouse pattern. I will have to start using it for spring and summer.

  2. Annette Fly

    So stylish and flattering! Adding to the list of must have patterns which includes the pencil skirt and cartwheel dress for starters! Very nice job and I love the choice of fabric and trim!

  3. beautiful. Love the bias binding!

  4. Amanda Correa

    Such a nice touch! I really like this pattern.

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