Friday, December 5, 2014

Kanerva in Lawn

Woop woop! Back at my sewing machine after a few weeks off, busy with work, a business trip to Vietnam and Thanksgiving.


My first foray back into sewing is the Kanerva peplum blouse by Named. I think the pattern is a sleek, modern take on the peplum and I love the button back. I've had my eye on it since I saw it pop up around the blogging world earlier this year... I was particularly enamored of Kirsty's two Liberty Kanerva blouses. Amazing.




This Kanerva is made with some Japanese cotton lawn I got locally here in Bangkok. It's bit sheer, but nice and floaty. I liked the floral because I thought it wasn't too lady-like because of the black, grey and mustard flowers, mixed in with just a tad of pink. I was also hoping black buttons would tone down any remaining girliness.


Construction was pretty straightforward. I used bias tape to face the neckline and hem. I'm not totally sure I did the waist pleat/seam correctly... it kept trying to roll upwards, so I ended up tacking it down at the ends by the button band and on the side seams.


My conclusion: I think the pattern fits me pretty well and has a lot of promise. I think my fabric choice was not ideal because of how sheer it is and how washed out it makes me look... up close I love it, but from afar, the floral all blends together and reads cream, which is not a good color for me.  The shirt as a whole is growing on me, though!


A couple changes I'll make next time I sew up a Kanerva:

- Lower the neckline. Now that I read the instructions more closely I should have eliminated the seam allowance on the neckline since I was using bias tape facing- oops! As a result, it's a bit strangle-y. And the high neckline plus flowery fabric makes this particular Kanerva feel a bit Amish. No offense to any Amish reading this, it's just not a look I typically strive for. A necklace helps, though!

- Lengthen the sleeves just slightly and give myself a little more room in the upper arms. Can't keep my guns locked up!


Omg, I need some new poses...

8 comments:

  1. I love the fabric, and I really like the sheerness! I think that with the necklace added, you don't look washed out at all.

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    1. Thanks!! I just got back from a night out wearing in and I think I like it... the neckline was a bit constricting after a couple beers, though. I'll definitely fix that on my next iteration!

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  2. Somehow I have never seen this pattern before. It's so pretty! I love the pleat at the waist and I'm a sucker for a button back. I really like the fabric, too.

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    1. The button back is definitely what sold me!

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  3. I really like the shape of the top on you! I'm not sold on the floral on its own either, but it looks really good with the necklace. I always feel like small floral prints need something - like contrast bias binding or buttons or something like that. I love the button back with the black buttons too!

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    1. Yeah, I need to remind myself to go big with florals or not at all!

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  4. Oh yeah, I also agree that while that print looks a bit subdued (in color, and attitude), with the necklace it's a knockout look. I need some jewelry that can transform clothes like that!

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    1. Thanks! Yeah, the necklace definitely makes it work. Next time I make Kanerva I'll go for something much brighter that stands on its own!

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