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November 9, 2006

Designer Inspiration Sew-Along – Blumarine #2

Filed under: Fit/Pattern Alterations,Pattern Reviews — Gigi @ 4:09 pm

By Diva Gigi 

I’ve started making design changes to my Hot Patterns Plain & Simple Tee. I started out with the scoop neck, long-sleeved version and simply made some changes to the neckline. As you can see, I made the neckline lower and wider. It took me a few tries (hence all the lines!) to get something that I thought looked similar to the Blumarine top yet provided more coverage for my bra straps. I’m going to cut this out in a scrap fabric first. If I can I may scoop out a little more at the sides. NOTE: since the neck edge is bound, you’ll need to remove the seam allowances at the neckline.

I used one of the 2″ washers that I use as patterns weights to create the little dip at the center front. I’ve been thinking a lot about how best to treat this area and think I’ve come up with an easy way. Hopefully, I’ll get to test it out on some scrap fabric tomorrow. I’ll be using the same basic method here that I will use on the sleeve treatment.



  1. “2 inch washers to create the little dip in the front” – Ah, a woman after my own heart! Everytime I need some kind of shape I always scrounge around the house too!

    Comment by Phyllis — November 9, 2006 @ 6:17 pm

  2. I love my washers … the kids gave them to me with a stand they made with the hubby for Christmas a few years back.
    Looking forward to seeing the rest of this as it progresses! Hope your son is feeling better!

    Comment by Lorna — November 10, 2006 @ 10:17 am

  3. I’m looking forward to seeing the binding on the neck opening. I love bias binding but I also love v-necks and have not been able to figure out how to combine them successfully.

    I stole some washers from my husband’s stash (his hardware stash makes my fabric stash look modest!) but I don’t have enough. (and a stand for them? that’s brilliant!)

    Comment by vespabelle — November 21, 2006 @ 10:26 am

  4. I am very curious to see how you deal with the front opening . I am Afraid that I would end up with a lumpy mess at the bottom of
    the tab Mem

    Comment by Anonymous — November 22, 2006 @ 3:08 pm

  5. Gigi , Thank you for your time in showing us the photos of the FBA . I notice that you havent included a dart but hae flared out the side seam at the same point as the bust dart would be . Is this instead of a dart and if so how do you gauge how much to add . I have been mulling over the problem of dealing with a FBA in T shirt and avoiding a dart. I remember reading your description of doing a FBA on the Kwik Sew Twisted top top( on pattern Review) and you dropped the vertical line over to the center front corner of the pattern . I dont understand why . You are obviously very skilled and I would really appreciate some information about FBA methods other than the usual we see in the fitting books . Hope that your life is starting to settle down . Regards Marianne

    Comment by Anonymous — November 23, 2006 @ 8:32 pm

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