Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Vogue 1414 Day 3

Completed today:
  • Collar band
  • Side seams
  • Sleeve plackets
  • Sleeve pleats and side seams

The collar band went in smoothly though it still needs hand-finishing and top-stitching.

I was curious to see how the instructions for the sleeve placket stacked up against the excellent instructions in Louise Cutting's The Blouse Perfected. Those instructions truly are near perfection for a classic technique that is so counter-intuitive. And it's one of those techniques that I have to study a bit each time I make a shirt with a placket.

Used the other side of the fabric for the placket since the *wrong* side shows on the flounce anyway

I like Louise's instructions better. For starters, the plackets for this pattern do not include interfacing. Interfacing is key to being able to carefully fold and stitch precisely on a tower placket, I think. 

There are a few other aspects of Louise's instructions that are superior but I won't detail them here. Her instructions are so much better than my version would ever be. If you are interested in clear, near-fool-proof directions for plackets, I recommend you buy her pattern The Blouse Perfected, even if you don't like the rest of the pattern!

Next up - cuffs and inserting the completed sleeves.


  1. It is going to be so pretty. I plan to spend some time on shirtmaking this winter and I'll keep your recommendation in mind.

  2. Your work is perfection. I hope this meets all your expectations in term of how you want to wear and style it.

  3. I'm loving the blow-by-blow commentary! This shirt is shaping up to be one of your longtime favorites, I can see. The memories of where you bought the fabric, the process of figuring out which pattern to use. All so perfect!