Thanks for all the encouraging positive feedback on “For Your erudition” post. I enjoyed reading and researching Balenciaga and will definitely be writing more about the other greats.
I put up a photo of a garment and then asked you to guess what it was going to be. Many of you guessed correctly – knowledgeable sewists that you are – but I may have given you one too many clues. I also published a pic of the pattern piece, that, when enlarged, had the garment actually printed on it! Silly me!
This has now been removed to keep future readers guessing and by special request of the Centre for Pattern Design, as it is a copyrighted item and some unscrupulous individual may try to replicate the pattern from my crappy photos! Shame on you!
Thanks to you all who notified me of this silly mistake by commenting or e-mailing. It was too late to remove the pic and I’ve been really busy away from the computer for the better part of a week so never got the time to rectify the problem. Please also regard this post as a ‘catch-all’ reply to your lovely comments.
All the images (apart from my 2 photos) are Balenciaga designs. All vintage – nothing new.
The pattern is from the Centre for Pattern Design: Our mission here is to recognize the skill of pattern designing, to educate and provide research for professional development and to explore contemporary applications.
They take iconic designs, refine, manipulate, adapt them and produce purchasable patterns that have as few pieces as possible but with impeccable fit and cut: in other words, a brilliant design aesthetic.
This blouse is inspired by Christobel Balenciaga – remember the simplicity of cut and innovative sleeves are his trademark.
The back of the blouse gently folds into a cowl just above the waist – so this is ideal for anyone, like me, with a sway back – the folds disguise all hint of a sticky-out bum.
The blouse is cut on the bias, so generally there is no need to finish the seams as they won’t fray. The two seams that hold the blouse together spiral down from the centre back neckline, around the sleeves to finish at the wrist.
My first attempt was in a chiffon, so these seams were frenched – look, there’s only two seams and a hem!
The pattern comes with a simple round neckline and I kept this. I sewed poppers along the centre fronts as closures and generally leave the neck to flop open.
Second one was made in a slightly fancier fabric, patterned poly satin, but this time I added a short tie as a collar; made 6 button holes and used pearl buttons as closures.
Finally, a printed cotton with a collar. I took the collar pattern from another shirt pattern and just slightly changed the size to fit the neckline of the CB blouse.
If you’re wondering where the finished silver satin version is – it’s in the bin! It had a run-in with a too-hot iron. That’s the problem with single piece sewing, mess up one area and the whole lot is ruined.
Please check out the CPD website – they have beautiful patterns for sale, books, classes and lots of information and nice things to look at – another procrastination site!