But first- a former student of mine and reader brought to my attention last week some errata on the Blank Canvas Tee. Thank you, D! The issue is that for sizes 30, 35, and 40, the shoulder looks something like this:
Terrible. I do apologize. This is the simple omission of a single line on a single page and I assume that the thirteen hundred or so (!!How did that happen?!!) sewists who downloaded the pattern shrugged and corrected it, but if you encountered this and wanted to set your hair on fire in frustration, I do apologize. It was me, not you. I also corrected a missing size number on the CB foldline. The size 40 shares a back foldline with the 30 and 35, the same as the front. The corrected pdf is uploaded to both Craftsy and the Blank Canvas Tee page.
While we’re on the subject of my shortcomings as a patternmaker- The Kimono Wrap Top was my first “real” pattern and it shows in the digitizing. I have since drafted a large size of the pattern and as soon as I nail down the Sisters of Edwardia, I plan to re-issue that one as a multi-size with cleaner and prettier digital work. I haven’t pulled the buggy one, but I did reduce the price and label it as a “draft.” It’s useable, not a complete mess, but it’s also obvious I was learning by doing. If you bought the original one and you have an issue, please email me and we’ll set it right.
This is the gingham version of the Sisters of Edwardia blouse I made for myself to riff on the blouses Lady Edith and Lady Sybill pass around on the Edwardian-period drama Downton Abbey. It’s a bit quirky, but comfortable and suitable for a wide range of lightweight summer fabrics. It features a “Sabrina” style neckline, elbow-length bias kimono sleeves, underarm gusset (with excessive instructions!) contrast bands and a semi-fitted midriff section. It’s just the kind of simple-but-a-bit-odd, easily embellished, versatile pattern I like.
Here’s the silk twill version, with slightly longer sleeves. I’ve been playing around with this pattern for the better part of a month. It took me a couple of days to make a version for myself and sew it, but making a good pattern for others to use is much more involved. I don’t like to issue corrections and re-do work I’ve already done. I’d rather get it right from the beginning. Or close to right.
I’m close, I’m so close with this one. This is the second or so draft of the fronts on my
kitchen counter drafting table. Now, I’ve been going back and forth with myself about how to publish the pattern- as a multi-size, or in single sizes, or in two groups? Most ladies who requested a notification are 35-40 sizes. I am completely confident that the ratios are correct for these sizes, and I’m tempted to release 30-35-40 while the other sizes are in testing.
I guess I’m a numbers nerd, because rather than work with regular grading (which often leaves both petites and plus sizes frustrated) I work with ratios. I’ll post my thoughts on that tomorrow, because this post is already getting long!
And that’s just it- I’m making this up as I go along and I need some help. I want to refine some of my ratios to double-check my drafts, especially the larger sizes. My ratio tables are only as good as my data, and the more numbers I have, the better my final drafts.
This work isn’t just for this blouse, but for the other two loooovely modern-Edwardia blouses I have in the making. Once I crack this one, the others will come more easily. Your help will improve and inform my patternmaking as I work on other designs. Consider this a stepping stone to patterns like Megan’s Vendetta and all the other crazy stuff going on in my head.
The base sizes for this pattern are the same as the BCT- logical, straightforward, full bust measurements. (And as Tanit-Isis noted, you go down a size for a close fit, and up a size for a relaxed fit.) I’m also sticking to the 5″ intervals because even though Sisters of Edwardia is a woven, it’s a blousey fit which gives us some wiggle room. For the waistband piece, I again decided to be logical. You choose the waistband piece based on your actual waist measurement- 25″-46″.
Here’s what I need to double check, and even if you aren’t interested in this particular blouse I do hope you’ll crack out your measuring tape and help me (please, please, please, pretty please!):
I take Metric or Imperial, either way. Thank you, thank you, thank you!! I’ll wait a few days to compile the numbers, then refine the drafts, digitize and test them. In the meantime, I’m working on this month’s hack- the 40’s Charm top!
Also, if you haven’t seen it already, check out Casey’s gorgeous Edwardian dress. Swoon!