I will cut you open Mimi – and sew wider sleeves


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Last week I complained about my failure with Tilly and the buttons Mimi blouse. I thought I had cut out the wrong size because the armholes were so small, I could barely get my arms through them. Encouraged by your extremely lovely comments and very helpful advices on steemit and instagram I decided against my standard procedure to burn the whole garment with merry flames, but to try again to sew a wearable blouse.

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First thing I did is to fetch scissors, a big knife, a bucket for the blood and then I cut Mimi open. Yeah not exactly in this order. I am a bit more sensible. I first measured the armholes, then I measured the sleeve cap and as I wanted to be on the safe side, I also pinned the sleeve into the armhole. And my theory was confirmed: the sleeves of the Mimi blouse are 10 cm wider than the armhole because you should gather them at the shoulders. Which I will omit. Tada! Thought and done. I measured 3 cm on back and front parts at the armhole opening and cut them away. Now the Mimi blouse has to live with only a tiny gathering (in my calculations I have 4 cm of excess fabric which I still can gather). I sewed the sides of the blouse together and tried it on.

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Many of you told me that the blouse is constructed for a high waisted bottom as it should be tucked in. I am a very lazy person who loves soft, wide and extremely comfortable clothes (but wants to look like a model which wears three layers of shape ware). I am especially sensitive to tight waistbands meaning, all my bottoms sit at my hips and have a lot of ease. I even cut the waist of my tights open as I really cannot stand tight garments. But I value your advice, so I fetched the smallest and constricting skirt out of wardrobe, hold my breath and tucked the blouse in and pulled the skirt nearly up to my waist. (CANTSPEAKTOOTIGHT)
But look, the whole ensemble looks a bit more like the amazing examples I found online. (Ahem, I cheated a bit, as I have a new cellphone which has a portrait mode which lets you look smaller, wrinkle free and other social accepted things… I am ashamed that I still fall for these features, as I intensely despise body shaming and am a big advocate of showing diverse bodies in media. You can identify the „portrait mode“ by the blurred background.)
With this intermezzo: blouse tucked into a high waisted bottom helps a lot. But I will never wear it outside a photo shoot.

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Back to my armhole surgery. This went well. The armholes now have enough ease to be comfortable for me. I hope that the sleeves will fit inside them… I will let you know 😂

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But although I followed the wearing advices, the blouse still bunches up a lot, as you can see on these photos. But you, dear readers, already knew why (I needed help to see the light).
For the blouse I have chosen a cheap cotton fabric which perhaps was originally fabricated to become a tablecloth; its stiff and sturdy, with no drape at all. I needed you to tell me that it may be not the perfect fabric for a gathered blouse 😂 Now I understand that much of the excess width may be a result of a non-yielding fabric. Should I ever try myself again on this pattern I will use a much lighter and more drapy fabric.

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17.02.2020 12:16
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17.02.2020 20:14
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Thank you for your tireless work and wonderful curation.

18.02.2020 09:17
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Your material should start draping better after a couple of washes. Cottons like that are usually starched and soften with washing

17.02.2020 20:28
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I hope you are right. I always (ok... nearly always) prewash the fabric before sewing. This one is still stiff. But I have no experience with cotton fabrics, so I hope you are right (and my fabric knows this :-D)

18.02.2020 09:19
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Did you wash it in hot water?

18.02.2020 09:24
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It was last year so I hope my memory is not false... I think I washed it at 30°C in the washing machine with a slow rotation. This is the standard pre-washing I do with most new fabrics.

18.02.2020 09:33
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cotton can happily go up to 60C :) You can also consider putting a pair of long darts into the back waist area

18.02.2020 09:38
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OHHHH 60? I thought I will turn it into a dolls blouse :-D Ok, you see I am not very cotton-fit.
The next days (or weeks..) I first will sew this as recommended in the book and then I will evaluate the fit and change more things. Your tip is a good idea, as the blouse has too much fabric at my sway back.

18.02.2020 09:42
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Only wool shrinks at high temperatures
I'll keep an eye on the progress, I'm not a qualified pattern-maker but I spent quite a few years in work that required me to learn the ins and outs of it so i'll happily add my 2cents if you like. What you have done with the sleeves so far is right

18.02.2020 09:46
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Absolutely!!! I am a very slow learner in sewing and I profit so much from all of your advices. I hope I won‘t have too much migraines this weeks (arg woman problems) and find time to sew the sleeves in and write about it on Monday.
Thank you so much for helping!!!! 💕🌈
(If you are ver up to, I am very interested what you did to learn about fabric and sewing)

18.02.2020 09:56
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https://goldvoice.club/steem/@nikv/weird-careers-my-life-as-a-shoemaker

I did a fair amount of clothing and worked with quite a few designers too

18.02.2020 09:59
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Ohhh exciting, I will hop to your post and read on. Thank youuuu

18.02.2020 10:03
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Read your post and now I am even more impressed: how you fighted your own way into a really hard business while staying creative. Wow!

22.02.2020 09:53
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You are just so fun to watch! I love that you can still have fun and be amusing even when you’re not sure of the outcome. I’m really hoping those sleeves fit the armholes! I also hope the blouse loosens up for you. Those were some fun photos with the blurry background :D

18.02.2020 03:58
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Sometimes I think my fabric, the sewing machine and all my thread conspired to make fun of me. One day I will wake up and discover that they secretly filmed a comedy show with me (the sewing machine looks conspicuously innocent... I do not believe her)
Fun aside, sewing is a hobby for me and I have to accept that its something I have to learn, obviously its not natural for me, but as long as I work with inexpensive fabric I am not too sad, that I am not as skilled as I wished I were.
I hope you are ok (how is your nephew?)

18.02.2020 09:32
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Haha that is so hilarious! You’ll have to share that video once you find it lol!

It’s smart that you work and practice with inexpensive materials.

Thanks so much for asking. He is stable at the moment. He’s doing everything the doctor and nurses are telling him to do, taking it easy :)

20.02.2020 14:18
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