Simple Blouse Variation: Darted Bust8:26 AM
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This is the first blouse I've made using Jessica's Simple Blouse pattern. I've lengthened the sleeves, changed the neckline, embellished it with hand-painted knives and the most important change; I've added bust darts. The reason is because I have a 34 H bra size and a shirt without bust darts makes me look like a pile of firewood with a tarp thrown over it.
To add darts to my printed pattern, I used the method outlined in the instructions. The pattern has recommended measurements up to a DD cup size, so, for my own, I had to make additional adjustments. (After the slashing step, I opened the pattern out 2 1/4" and down 2 1/4"). I added a second bust dart for additional sculpting. The first main dart sculpts around the side of the bust, the second dart sculpts underneath the bust and helps to define the waist a little more.
For my painted knives I cut out two stencils out of freezer paper with an x-acto knive. Then I secured the stencils to the blouse by laying the waxy side down and heating the paper with an iron. I used fabric paint to paint inside the stencil. When the paint dried, I peeled the stencil away to reveal sharp pretty knives.