Hello fine sew-alongers a very warm welcome to another sew-along!
This time around its the Stella blouse we will be sewing up together.
I hope you're as excited as i am to kick off with the sew-along and sew up some gorgeous Stella blouses?!
As usual for each sew-along we will begin with covering the basics, to help you get started on the right track to sewing up a gorgeous, well fitting Stella blouse. Although this may seem a bit on the tedious side of things,it is always a good idea to refresh the old brain and its also useful for the newbies that are joining in or for anyone that has never sewn up a Bluegingerdoll pattern to get the gist of how these things flow. Giant big waves to all the newbies sewing along this time around! :)
Just a quick reminder of the tools/supplies you'll need to sew-along:
* The The Stella blouse pattern
*Fabric - I recommend fabrics such as Chambray, Cotton & Cotton blends, Linen, Wool & Wool blends but the blouse is versatile enough feel free to experiment with different types of fabric.
* 7'' invisible zipper to match your fabric.
* Matching thread
* Two 5/8'' cute button
* The usual sewing supplies : Your trusty sewing machine, pins ( lots of them), sharp fabric scissors, an iron, tracing paper, pens & pencils, measuring tape.
So today we'll be covering the below basics in this post to get us started:
FYI, the Stella blouse is recommend as a beginner level sewing pattern but would easily suit any level of sewist. We will also be covering both versions of the pattern.
The best place to start when choosing the right fabric for your pattern is to have a look at the back of the pattern envelope at the listed recommended fabrics.
I have recommended cotton and cotton blends, Chambray, Linen, wool and wool blends, but the great thing about the Stella blouse is the ultimate foundation to experiment with a variety of fabric. It is also a great stash buster pattern, so grab out that stashed fabric and see if it fits.
A LITTLE INSPIRATION
The Stella blouse is great to for bright and bolds prints, florals as well throughout all seasons so think wool plaids for winter or bright bold colors for the warmer months. If you need some inspiration for your Stella blouse have a look at the below at a few examples.
Stella by Heather, who will be posting tomorrow on how to complete an FBA/SBA and a few other things on the Stella blouse - So stay tuned!
Use a solid fabric colour for the bodice, and a contrasting fabric for the button tabs.
Sweltering in the heat like me here in Australia? Then sew up the View B sleeveless version! My version is made up in a Chambray fabric.
This Stella is yet to be blogged ( excuse the slightly blurry photo, i promise there will be betters ones in the post ;) FYI this fabric is an old bed sheet!
Or why not go in between and sew up a T-shirt version.
FINDING YOUR SIZE & FIT
Use the above diagram to measure yourself correctly. The Stella blouse requires your bust, waist and hip measurements, so grab your tape measure and get measuring. The back of the envelope is your little gold mine of information to help you get started properly with any sewing pattern. Head to the back of the envelope packaging to find your correct size with your measurements you now have.
Trace your pattern pieces
When tracing your pattern you can use pattern weights, basically anything heavy, i use whatever cans of food are in the pantry, it works a treat! In regards to paper you can use to trace your pattern pieces, i use brown pattern tracing paper, which is transparent enough but also sturdy as well. You can use whatever paper you like, as long as it is transparent, baking paper from the kitchen works just as well as the expensive stuff.