Exhibit: the Twist (It) blouse by Schneidernmeistern - now available in English!
I was way over committed with other projects, but when Monika put out a call wanting some native English speakers to proofread her pattern's translation, well I just couldn't help myself.
I've always liked the idea of being a proofreader. That doesn't mean I catch every mistake in my own writing, but I sure do spot other people's mistakes easily!
I shot off a reply to Monika's request and admitted my fastidiousness when it comes to language in sewing patterns. She replied that "from one korinthenkacker to another", she was delighted to have me on the team. Turns out the German language has a curious word for what we would call a Nitpicker. You might be able to guess, as I did, what the second half of the word means. But I had to look up "korinthe" which are translated variously as currants or raisins.
So this little raisin shitter set to work...
Then I wandered off to the fabric stash to find a suitable fabric. The pattern is designed for a lightweight, woven fabric with a soft drape. I had this striped, embroidered cotton which I had no memory of what it was purchased for. That makes it free to be used, right?
The blouse is cut from only one pattern piece placed on the fold. Because of this you do need an apparel fabric wide piece of fabric. The narrower quilting cottons would require the top to be pieced - but the instructions cover how and where to do this should you need to. A Nani Iro double gauze would be sooo fabulous for this top, but definitely too narrow.
Stripes show off the blouse's design nicely, as one or the other of the front or back will end up on the bias.
I chose to have my bias at the front with the centre front seam creating these chevrons from my stripes.
You can see at the back, the stripes are horizontal....
And then if I do some weird half dance, half pointing out a cobweb move, you get to see the side seams and how the stripes run down the sleeves...
The shoulders have a perfect little dart that lets the blouse sit nicely. The neckline is then finished with a facing. There is the option of cutting the back and front necklines the same, and then the blouse could be worn either way. Different facing pattern pieces are provided, depending on whether you choose the reversible or regular necklines. The back of the pattern is slightly wider than the front, so I chose to make mine have a defined front and back and drafted the higher back neckline.
You can see that there's quite a bit of room at the sides of the bust so I imagine those with a bit more up front could still find this to be an easy top to wear. For me, it would have been bordering on too big, except that I chose such a nice, light, drapey fabric. We're anticipating a long, hot summer, so a loose, cool top like this will get plenty of wear.
So, this pattern gets the nitpickers, korinthenkackers and pilkunnussija* stamp of approval!
Pattern: Schneidernmeistern's Twist It blouse
Size: L (44-46)
Fabric: lightweight (gauzy?) embroidered cotton from The Fabric Store
*Finnish and too rude to translate here - thanks Haus of Harridan for that one