During the course of drafting the pattern for my Spring 2012 blouse, I realized that my sketch was not developed enough, in technical terms, to allow me to easily execute the pattern. I had not really thought about how the sleeve would attach; nor had I taken time to draw a back view. After a couple of attempts at draping the idea I had in mind, I tossed it out. The arch in front was not particularly flattering. Plus, the fabric that I would be using, a relatively crisp silk organza, was not conducive to a flouncy sleeve. I was afraid it would end up looking stiff and wrinkled, especially if worn under my Spring 2012 coat.
What’s more, the organza was not a particularly sheer variety. So ultimately, the light, airy effect I was going for in the first two designs would probably not translate well. In the end, I decided to redesign the blouse to be more structured and have only a single layer of fabric throughout since the weight and color of the organza (hot pink) would offer enough opacity for daytime (though I did add shirring around the bust for a little more coverage there).
In keeping with my “window” theme, as described in my post on January 28 discussing the design inspiration, I added cut-outs in the shoulder area as well as in the back. Overall, I am really excited about this design. It is more interesting than before and will ultimately complement my chosen fabric much better than the original concepts.
The skirt design on the other hand, came out exactly as I had anticipated in only one draft. I thought of adding patch pockets to the front, but then thought better of it since I really like how streamlined and simple it looks. Remember the center panel will be a contrasting fabric, which will carry the eye from top to bottom, reinforcing the sleek lines. To replace the patch pockets, I will probably add in-seam pockets, since after all it must be practical. I have always loved having pockets in my skirts.
I hope to have pictures of one or both of these completed garments posted sometime this coming weekend. So, stop back by then.