The Sewing Lawyer is not really sure what drew her to the ruffled blouse in the April 2010 edition of Burda Magazine in the first place. Probably it was not the ruffles. Nor could it possibly be the side zipper opening, or the deeply plunging front neck. All of these features have been eliminated or significantly altered in the Sewing Lawyer's version. She did give the ruffle a try, despite knowing that it would not be satisfactory. Forty or so years of sewing experience does sometimes enable one to predict when some feature of a garment will be completely wrong. Too bad they don't always allow one to avoid going ahead regardless. The Sewing Lawyer fatalistically reacquainted herself with her trusty seam ripper.
First, she tried cutting the ruffles down, dramatically. Remember the attack of the ruffles, take 1? Well, take 2, while marginally better, was not enough of an improvement. Off they came ... again.
Here's a view of the back.
I'm happy with the print matching. There is a yoke seam at the upper back...
I turned the original cut-on-the-fold front into a button-up by virtue of adding a seam allowance at CF instead. Instead of an overlapping front, I added a little shield to sit behind the loops. It is barely visible, as you can see to the right, which means it was necessary.
Second, like several other bloggers of late, I clean-finished the facings using fusible interfacing. I do not know who to credit with this technique. It's fantastic - both easy and producing an obviously superior result. There is a tutorial over at Sigrid's site (from Lori V's blog, Girls in the Garden) but, thinking a few more details would help, I took some pictures while this was in progress.
First, cut your fusible as usual using the facing pattern piece. Lay the unfused interfacing on the facing, right sides together (that means with the glue side NOT against your fashion fabric). Sew the 2 together along the edge(s) of the facing which will not be sewn to the garment edge.
I think my seam was about .25" which ended up being about right, because this made the fusing a little bit easier than it might have been, I think.
I started the fusing by opening the seamed unit, and fusing in the seam allowance only while gently holding the fusible interfacing taut and away from the facing. In the photo to the right, the seam allowance is fused to the right, unfused at the left side. Obviously you have to do this carefully and just with the tip of the iron, to avoid sticking your interfacing to the ironing board cover.
My next project? I'm planning to take Vogue 8718 out of its envelop and contemplate its mysteries.