Round One is complete! The ten challengers in our Super Online Sewing Match II are done with their True Bias Sutton Blouses, and now present them to you and to our judges. Our judges are tasked some very difficult decisions. In the next two days they will evaluate submissions based on sewing quality, fit and style, and they must (gulp!) eliminate two challengers in this round.
Each of these ten sewists outdid themselves. Their individual styles really emerge in each post, and it’s so fun to see a pattern sewn up in ten different versions. We have short excerpts from their posts below; click on each challenger’s blog link for more details on their Sutton, plus lots of photos. Let’s hear it for the challengers!…
We announce the Round Two challenge on July 3, and you can participate all summer long in our Community Match.
Lori from Sewing Myself Stylish
- From Lori: “Come Sunday morning, after about my fourth try-on, when all was finished but the hem, I had to finally confront the fact that the line that was created by the contrasting solid yoke fabric, in combination with stiffness of the voile, made me look like a linebacker. The sleeves stuck out straight. I stopped and took the dog for a walk.
- While I was on my walk, I made the decision that I must start over. I couldn’t submit something I didn’t feel good about. After all, this was my time to shine!
- OK, there’s something I haven’t told you, but now is the time. Back to Thursday evening… While my fabric from Harts was in transit I was looking through my closet for trims to use at my sewing camp. In a bag, I stumbled upon two pieces of mystery silk, meaning I had no recollection of how they came into my possession or that I even had them… What I really decided was, not only was I starting over, I was going to use the mystery silk! Call it fate or some sort of a Devine intervention I found that silk when I did. It was meant for my Sutton!”
Tanya from Mrs. Hughes
- From Tanya: “My plan for this blouse was to keep the designer’s style and the design’s integrity intact while doing my own interpretation of the pattern. I like the idea of using the pattern pieces to add some contrast to a solid color and thought lace would be the perfect fabric for the yoke. This pattern calls for light fabrics with drape and my lightweight linen was the perfect candidate, albeit a sheer [and wrinkly!] one.
- I really love heirloom quality techniques like sewing insertion lace into a garment. It adds some unique details and makes things that you sew even more special. My inspiration for using these laces was late 19th/early 20th century garments from the Edwardian era as well as light cotton afternoon dresses and negligees of the 1920’s.”
Barbara from Zibergirl Sews
- From Barbara: “The fabric itself spoke to me, and said, ‘Lengthen the Sutton Blouse so you can enjoy wearing it alone and not share the stage with anything else.’… I made the shift. I cut and sewed a muslin first, and knew right away what modifications I needed to make. For me, the neckline needed to be a little larger. I also chose to make a small row of gathers, instead of the pleat in the back. I thought it would look better with the vertical stripes.”
Leah from Sew Spoiled
- From Leah: “The Sutton Blouse Pattern, created by Kelli at True Bias, is a simple top with only four panels to sew together. You might start to wonder, why does the pattern have a difficultly level of intermediate? The reason comes from the fabrics you use to achieve the right look… Lightweight woven fabrics, like the rayon challis! Fabrics that drape also shift and move a whole lot while you are cutting, pinning and sewing. This is very challenging. [On] Day 3 and 4, I made the Sutton Blouse. Actually, I made it many times. I enjoyed creating the Sutton Blouse and got to know the fabric’s characteristics. The pattern is well written and highly recommended. There are many techniques you will use, for instance; French seams, using bias tape, making an inverted pleat and hemming a garment with side slits that are uneven. I did not modify the pattern and stayed focused on making the fit right.”
Meredith from Olivia Jane Handcrafted
- From Meredith: “I had to pause when sewing the side seams. This garment has a split, uneven hem. This means the front and back seams really need to be finished separately which knocked out the option of French seams. You see, I’m sewing on Hello Kitty which doesn’t have any finishing stitches. And going back to my objective, the garment has to be wearable for me, and I just can’t do zig zagged seams or pinked edges. I’m a crazy lady, okay? So what did I do?… Binding! Each of the four side seams got binding, which left me with a clean interior that I was able to press open so I could still achieve the split hem. It took quite a bit longer than overlocking would have taken, but sewing is like a lot of things in life… You just have to roll with the punches and adapt. And adapt I did. And I LOVE the result.”
Michelle from Sewnhenge
- From Michelle: “Confession time: I’d never sewn a French seam before sewing this shirt. I KNOW! Crazy town. But this pattern calls for them all throughout and guess what… THEY ARE AMAZING. I will absolutely be using them more often. The insides of this blouse are so neat and professional! Looking at the inside is almost as satisfying as looking at the outside! I love it.
- The directions on this pattern are so awesome and so straight forward. I think I had a major advantage with my actual garment because I used the most obnoxious slippery fraying cheapo fabric in the world for the muslin. I usually sew muslins with basting stitches just to see the fit, but I decided to sew it exactly as described so I could have some experience while sewing the actual finished product. HOLY COW sewing with quality fabric was like a gift from the heavens! It was seriously such a pleasure to sew this up after the all day stressful event of putting the flimsy muslin together.”
Shannon from Adventures of a Young Seamstress
- From Shannon: “I felt like this blouse would need a little something more to feel like ‘me’, so I spent some time rummaging through the notions at the quilt store and I found this cotton lace trim that I thought would look nice sewn into the seams. I cut it in half, then basted it in place after sewing the first seam of the French seam so that when I sewed the second seam, it was sandwiched in between the layers.
- I also changed the hem a little, and made the edges rounded for a scalloped effect. I wanted to stay true to the pattern, and yet make it more wearable for my style. I love how this turned out!”
Teresa Behr from Dandelion Drift
- From Teresa: “…Here’s my new top, sewn in black rayon challis from the imagine gnats shop. I used the same rayon for my last Sutton (just a different color). Ooh, I should mention, my last Sutton gets worn about once a week, so I knew this fabric would be great for another Sutton. Perfect drape, perfect weight and it holds up to lots of washes!”
Kristina from Ornamental Confectionary
- From Kristina: “I pondered a number of possibilities, looked at other people’s Suttons for inspiration, and also considered what I might wear a blouse like this for– and finally decided it might be fun to make a glammed-up, date-night, drinks-and-dancing-with-the-crew version. I used a super-soft-and-slinky interlined satin in silver for my base fabric here, and overlaid the bodice with a frilly, lightly-sequined black netting (two words: Wonder Tape!). I love how the silver of the satin reflects off the sequins, making them a little extra sparkly.”
Cheryl from Red Knits
- from Cheryl: “When the organizers announced that the Super Online Sewing Match Round One challenge was going to be the True Bias Sutton Blouse, I felt as though they had chosen the pattern especially to help me fill a gap in my wardrobe! I posted in my professional summer wardrobe boost plans that I could use some summer blouses that can be dressed up for work, but didn’t think I would get around to making one before my upcoming academic conference. This was partially because I had some other sewing planned, but also because I was secretly hoping that I would be chosen for SOSM. Lucky me– I get to be a contestant and get a new summer blouse! I doubt that I would have selected this pattern on my own because it is so much looser than my usual makes, but it turns out that this blouse is exactly what I was looking for.”
Round One of the Super Online Sewing Match is sponsored by Harts Fabric, an independent fabric store in sunny Santa Cruz, California. Since 1969 they’ve employed the most creative and fabric knowledgeable staff. All of the employees at Harts Fabric are avid crafters, quilters, sewists, knitters and true artists. They are always available to help you with any questions you may have about your sewing project, whether it be helping you calculate yardage or pick out the best fabric for your project; it’s what they love! Harts Fabric employees pride themselves on giving customers the best advice when it comes to sewing. They offer a unique assortment of cottons, eco, fashion, drapery and upholstery fabrics. Be sure to check out their latest fashion fabrics just in from New York! They have amazing rayons, knits, voile and lace.