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November 21, 2017

A Saucy Rita for Turkey Day

by Arleen

On my recent travels to Texas, I purchased an eye-catching plaid in all the perfect fall colors. I don’t think I’ve ever seen anything quite like it. It would make a great Rita Blouse! I’ve made a couple versions so far, so I was feeling really eager and confident to cut into the really, really good fabric. The fabric you truly cannot replace.


I held the elastic on the sleeves. It just looks so romantic this way, right?


The Rita Blouse has quickly become one of my favorite go-to patterns. A very flattering cute cut, yet still casual. Give me all three of those things, and I’ve found one gem of a pattern. It even offers cup sizes, which makes a huge difference. Not having to do your own bust adjustment is quite nice. I feel like I had been waiting for someone to make this pattern, so THANKS Gertie! She has a full sew-along on her blog too, which makes even the scary steps like invisible zippers, not so bad.


The finished blouse with flutter sleeves.


In order to accommodate my limited yardage, I had to reduce the length of the midriff by 3 inches. My fabric was only about 1 yard when I really needed 1 1/2 yards. I did this by drawing a new cutting line and folding my pattern piece 3 inches up from the bottom when cutting out. I wasn’t able to fussy cut and match my patterns, but to have a blouse in this fabric, I’ll make an exception.


You can see the lines where I have cut off at the waistline to add a skirt for my dress, and where I had to make shave a little off to make my fabric stretch.


I’ve also made a knit and a tiered skirt versions, so this is my third version of this pattern. In all honesty, by the time I was ready to use my special fabric, I had gotten a little cocky start sewing stuff upside down and backwards. My seam ripper never lets me forget to be humble.



A perfect blouse for the festivities this week! Happy Thanksgiving!


Here a my fellow and I at Tinker Tin Trailer Prom sporting my double gauze tiered dress I made! I cut each midriff piece 5/8″ below the waistline marked on the pattern, I attached the first tier, and the invisible zipper, and then added the two remaining tiers and finished the dress.



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