I am a sucker for Western-style blouses. Snaps, funky yoke detailing, long shirttails, pointy collar–yes, please! So when I saw this one at a thrift about a year ago, I knew it was meant for me. Love the pattern and the ruffles!
Problem: It was much too large. At first I thought I’d wear it loose, but it just looked shapeless, which made me look shapeless. Not cute.
I have a lot of trouble fitting blouses. Either a blouse fits my ample bosom but then just hangs there, making me look larger than I need to, or it fits nicely around my middle (accentuates the thinner parts and smooths over the rounder parts) but then gapes open between buttons at the bust. Argh.
This alteration takes care of the first problem. For this to work, the blouse/shirt needs to fit pretty well in the shoulders.
1. Put on the blouse inside-out. Determine where you want it to curve in, and where you want it to curve out. Mark along both sides, under the arms, and along the bottom of the sleeves with safety pins.
2. Take the blouse off. Using a measuring tape and chalk (I use my kids’ sidewalk chalk!), mark what will become your new seams, taking care to make both sides even. Mark with straight pins.
3. Check fit again, if you like, and adjust. Stitch along your chalk lines.
4. Try the blouse on right-side out. Do you like? If not, rip out the too-tight parts and start over with step 1. If yes, then yay! You’re almost done!
5. Stitch a shallow but tight zig-zag along the outside of your new seam. This will help prevent fraying. Cut near your zig-zag. (If your new seam is less than a half-inch different than your old seam, don’t bother cutting. Why waste good serging? And if you have a serger, use it, you lucky girl!)
Ta-da! Enjoy your custom-fitted blouse!
I’ll post a couple of outfit remixes with this blouse on Visible Monday.
Please let me know if you try this, and how it turns out!