Saturday, August 29, 2015

Sew Over It Anderson Blouse


I was pretty smitten when I first caught sight of the Sew Over It Anderson blouse... so classy, so drapey, so effortlessly elegant. The source of inspiration for the blouse pattern was apparently Gillian Anderson, who rocks a silky wrap blouse like nobody's business:



Maybe it's my fabric choice (black and white checked/gingham rayon challis) or maybe it's that the pattern is not right for me (or both?), but I feel like my blouse is less classy Gillian Anderson and more like an ill-fitting '80s Working Girl monstrosity... sigh. Tragic, this make.


This blouse is just not working for me. Too much fabric, too much blousing, too much fiddling with it to get it to hang right. I know sometimes I complain about not liking things I've made on the blog and then eventually I come to like them, but I fear this one is irredeemable. This is just wildly unflattering on me...


The front of the blouse is loosely draped, with basically only the overlap at the hem holding it together. I put a few hand stitches at the bust to keep it from totally gaping/showing my entire front, navel to nose, but I'll say: it makes me very nervous that all that stands between me and full frontal exposure is a couple of my shoddy hand stitches. 


Although the blouse has that lovely gathering at the inner shoulders towards my neck, the fabric wants to be hanging more towards my armpits, so it's always making its way outwards and I have to keep pulling it back towards center. Not ideal.  


Also: is there a lot of fabric here or what? I feel like I have totally lost my waist. The blouse is gathered by a drawstring in the hem. On the Sew Over It Anderson page, Lisa models it tucked into pants and/or a skirt, but I struggled to tuck it in because of all the excess fabric... too bulky. 


The sleeves are a little bit long on me, but that's the least of my worries with this one. I used some cute mother of pearl buttons on the cuffs:


 I'm kinda sad about this one. I just can't make it work for me. As Tim said when taking the photos, "You're not going to like these..." Arg! I had high hopes. Luckily there is enough fabric in this blouse that I should have enough wiggle room to recut it into something else.


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  1. Could part of the problem be that the wrap isn't wrapping far enough around you? I feel like if you overlapped it more, you would get more gathers, find your waist, and help reduce the front gaping risk. What happens if you pull it over more towards your right hip? (Not tighten the drawstring, but actually increase the overlap.)

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    1. Yeah, maybe I'll give that a try. I used the pattern markings, so this is how it's supposed to hang, but it does seem like it could benefit from more wrapping...

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  2. Ooooh, man..... That's... the least flattering thing I've ever seen you make. Which is good news, because it means you usually look fabulous, right? Normally when people post that they don't like something I chime in with "oh, it'll grow on you" or "It's so cute!" This, though... no. HOWEVER! What about chopping off the sleeves and ditching the drawstring hem thing, and making it a cute sleeveless blouse to tuck into highwaisted bottoms? I really think it's the too-wide shoulders and long sleeves that is making it feel like it's eating you up. Like you, I like the *idea* of the blouse and I think the fabric is cute!

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    1. Ha ha- you are so right... definitely one of the least flattering things I've made. I gotta work on it- maybe sleeveless is the way to go!

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    2. Agree wholeheartedly with Gillian. (Oh, and Gillian Anderson does rock the wrap!)

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  3. I agree this time. It looks like you're planning to steal books from the library or melons from the grocery store in that front pouch. :) but everything else you've made is darling and we've all got a few sewing failures in us, right? :)

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    1. Ha ha- stealing library books!! Love it.

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  4. I like Gillian's idea to turn it into a sleeveless blouse, and agree that the shoulders are too wide. I wonder if it would have worked better to go down a couple sizes. Those shoulder gathers are so cute (and flattering, when I use my fingers to block out all the fabric below them), it would be a shame not to be able to make use of them somehow. I am also curious about what would happen if it wrapped around a little more tightly, though it does look like there is just a heck of a lot of fabric there. Anyway, I hope you can salvage the fabric, because it is awesome!

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    1. I do love the idea of the shoulder gathers... I'll definitely try out some of these suggestions to see if I can make them work somehow!! I kinda love the fabric, too, even though it's a bit '80s...

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  5. First, let me say that I love your new haircut! It looks fantastic! And I have to agree that this shirt isn't working in its current state. It looks like it's way to big for you. I think this blouse would look a lot better tucked in with the drawstring waist eliminated. I hope that you can salvage the fabric because it's really pretty!

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    1. Thanks, Teri! The haircut is brand new and way shorter than I was going for, but I think once I figure out how to style it, I'll be happy with it!

      Hmm- maybe I have to figure out how to get less fabric in the waist area so I can tuck it in. I can't right now- just too much bulk.

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  6. I think the shoulders on this make are hitting wider than your actual shoulder width: the shoulder line is nearly off your shoulders. If you look at those Gillian Anderson images, you can see how the line where the shoulder meets the sleeve is much closer in. Narrowing the shoulders may help the drape fall more closely. This may also be why your sleeves are feeling a bit long? I have narrow shoulders, and this photos look similar to issues I've had with RTW clothes.

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    1. They do seem wide. I have to try it on again to see if the shoulder line is actually wide, or if it's because the fabric moves towards the side seams that makes them seem wide? Which came first, the chicken or the egg? Or does it matter, as the end result is not good? ;-)

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  7. I love your haircut! I also love the print of the fabric. But........the shirt does swallow you. Hope you can remake it into something else. Don't get discouraged, you got this!
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    1. Thanks, Bonnie! Yep, it's eating me alive ;-) I'll set it aside for a few days and then take a stab at getting into a wearable state!

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  8. WHEW! I was reading and slightly shaking my head no. And then was glad that you weren't attached to it.

    I think it hides you. Or it makes it look like you're trying to hide behind this top. And you're too fab to be hiding so buh-bye to it.

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    1. Ha ha, "not attached to it" is putting it lightly! The whole time my husband was taking the photos of this one, we were both shaking our heads!!

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  9. Perhaps if you got rid of the hand stitches and wore a vest top/ cami underneath and 'embraced the openess'?!! I am half way through my first anderson and have to say i am not feling the love either! Not sure if i will finish it!

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    1. Hmmm- embracing the openness- an interesting idea! If I left it completely open, it might be a cool jacket/kimono thing. I'll look into it. Here's hoping you like yours!

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  10. hmm My first thought when the page opened was "oh I like that. She looks nice". Sometimes when something we put on is so totally different what we normally wear, we are hyper critical. I will have to go back and see pictures of what you have already made to see if I agree that is the worst looking garment.

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    1. I agree, it is easy to be hypercritical of yourself... ha ha, no need to poke through my photos for the unflattering ones ;-)

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  11. unfortunately I must agree that this top is possibly not the most flattering thing I've seen you make....and you make some flat out amazing garments! BUT...the hair? love, love, love it!!

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    1. Thanks, Kim! The new do is a bit shorter than I expected, but it'll grow on me (quite literally).

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  12. Forget the shirt -- I think your hair really steals the show! Great hair style.

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    1. Thanks, Annie! Yes, let's forget the shirt ;-)

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  13. I love the new haircut. :) Toss the shirt. lol. Actually, it might look okay, if you wore it with a higher waist, like Gillian does. So all of that fabric is tucked under with a little bit of blousing at the bust. So. Much. Fabric. lol

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    1. Thanks, Andie! Yeah, I need to find a way to salvage the top part and lose some of the extra fabric at the waist, because as is, it's untuckable.

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  14. I think the main issue is that it seems like it needs to wrap closer to the hip, because right now the wrap ends at the middle of your belly and throws off your proportions. It also seems like the shoulders are too wide for you (although the pattern's modeled photos have that same extra-wide shoulder). Maybe you could cut off the sleeves and make them less dropped, and then tuck it into a high-waisted skirt? That might work.

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    1. Pulling the wrap over may definitely be an option for fixing this... and generally getting rid of some of the fabric on the lower half.

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  15. Such a bummer! I think if you could manage to tuck it into something so that you can show of your waist it would work, but as is, I don't think it's overly flattering. I wondered about this top when it first came out. Did you see what Marilla Walker did with hers? I think she left it open and drawstring-less and wears it as more of a cardigan. Oh well, sometimes you gotta try new things. Hoepfully you can save the fabric.

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    1. I saw Marilla's cardigan version and am going to see how that looks on me- could be cute!

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  16. Oh jeez, you poor thing. I agree with others who suggest that a higher wrap (perhaps tucked into a high waisted skirt at that) would provide blousing in a better place and look more like Gillian's. Does it help to know I'm glad to find out I'm not the only one who had produced some seriously unflattering makes. Thank you for providing a dose of real life in your blog! You, my dear, are COMPLETELY FABULOUS, so this top is obviously just not good enough for you! Muah!

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    1. Ha ha, we all have wadders for various reasons now and then, I think! Thanks for the moral support!!!

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  17. I love the idea of a silky/drapey wrap top, but I have never had any luck making one myself (OK, out of a sum total of 2 attempts, but still). Kudos to you for giving it a shot, at least! Hopefully you can find a way to rework it so you like it better!

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    1. I know- I love the idea, too! Maybe I can still find a way to make it work!

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  18. It's a shame you're not happy with it as I quite like it on you! I've bought this pattern and intend to make my first version sleeves coming into spring here. Have you chosen a size too big? Is the fabric as drapey as what they recommend? It does say not suited for a cotton....

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    1. Hmm- I didn't think I was choosing a size too big, based on my measurements. And the Sew Over It instructions caution that their patterns have a close fit, so I went with what the envelope recommended for my size. I used what I would consider to be an appropriate fabric: rayon challis. It's quite drapey and rayon is one of the fabrics listed in the recommendations. I don't know... maybe the style is just not suited to my body type. Eh, you win some, you lose some.

      Anyway, good luck with yours! I hope it works out for you!

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  19. I love the fabric, but this seems to be wearing you. I like Gillian's idea of a sleeveless version also. I really appreciate that you shared this make and not just things you look good/great in (so basically everything else )

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    1. Yeah, it's just overwhelming me. Once I've had a bit of distance from it, I'll go back in an see how I can try to fix it or remake it into something else!

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