Sencha blouse

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I chosse Colette Patterns Sencha blouse pattern for this beautiful silk georgette. I picked up the fabric from The Fabric Store in Melbourne and believe it is from Colette Dinnigan. I made view A in a size 16 but with the button back option. I added a collar to the front but didn’t have enough fabric to cut back collar pieces. I was able to squeeze this pattern with added collar pieces out of 1 metre of 150cm wide fabric by eliminating the facings, shortening the length and cutting the back pieces on the cross grain. Instead of following the instructions for the sleeves I simply hemmed them with a satin bias tape facing retaining some extra sleeve length. All seams are french seamed and neck, arm and hem openings are finished with satin bias binding. I have made the Sencha pattern a few times often leaving out the pleats and widening the neckline to make a loose woven t shirt.

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The button plackets and collar are interfaced with a cream silk organza. I used smaller than suggested buttons so increased the amount of buttons from 5 to 8.

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For the collar I simply used the facing pattern piece and folded out a small triangle at the center front. The collar is sewn into the shoulder seam with the raw edge bound in the french seam.

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The resin buttons are from a trip to spotlight. I had originally planned to use round pearl buttons but liked how these just blended in to the fabric without distracting from the pattern.

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The fabric is very sheer in bright light so this top will be worn with a camisole.

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