Thursday, July 2, 2009

Tucking

My mind wouldn't let me give up on the Coldwater Creek shirt. I kept going back to the website, looking at it. I was determined to fix the problem, so I made a couple of different samples, and came up with one that looks exactly as I envisioned.

I reduced the tuck width from 3/8" to 1/4", and decreased the space between them also. I stitched across them as before, with 2 lines of stitching, and spacing the stitching at 4" intervals. Perfect! Here's a photo:


Here's a photo of how the tucks will release at the waistline, forming soft folds:

These are much better than my last sample. These will work.

I'm using S3684. The 3/4 length sleeves on one of the versions has 32 pleats at the hemline of the sleeve, and has cuffs. That will coordinate with the tucks on the fronts of the bodice.

With a page of notes, I'm ready to start working on the pattern. Sometimes, it just takes a while to let your mind get around an idea!


17 Talk to me:

Mary Beth said...

Ohhhh, pretty tucks! Now I'm even more anxious to try them. I absolutely love how yours have turned out on this try :)

Trudy Callan said...

I've tried tucks for practice but not on an actual garment. I need to give it a try. They're looking great.

www.sewingwithtrudy.blogspot.com

Kristine said...

Oh Gwen, this is going to be one very amazing blouse! Your patience for all those pintucks is beyond me, so Good Luck!

BConky said...

Wow that sounds so pretty. Can't wait to see it.

Rhoto said...

And it also takes making SAMPLES, eh, Gwen!! I keep seeing that as a big difference in attitude between good sewers and beginner/fast ones...
'Looking forward!!
Soft hug,
Rhonda in Montreal (PR)

Lori said...

Beautiful tucks, can't wait to see the completed blouse.

Rose said...

Those tucks look great and your plans for the blouse sound exciting...worth waiting for, right?

Julia said...

This will be gorgeous. I'm so glad you stuck with your original idea.

Linda T said...

Wow! Aren't you glad it turned out so well. Your persistence paid off. You just gotta keep going when you know what you want--it just may take a bit of time to get there, but it was so worth it, right? Anxious to see the final blouse.

Elaray said...

I've learned you have to be really patient with tucks. I'm glad you kept at it.

Linda said...

I think this is going to look very pretty with the tucks. I am looking forward to seeing the completed blouse!

Gwen said...

Wow - those are beautiful! I am so impressed by how you played with things until you got the effect you wanted! I've definitely filed away your approach to try on my own someday... Thanks! :)

Also wanted to let you know that I have one of your questions featured on my Friday Confession today - looking forward to reading all the answers! Great question about natural fibers versus synthetics - thanks again! :)

Happy Fourth of July!
Take care, Gwen

j.kaori said...

Very pretty -- your blouse will be beautiful.

Little Hunting Creek said...

These are so pretty! I can hardly wait to see how it comes out

Tany said...

You did a fantastic job! I'm looking forward to see more!

Sigrid said...

Good result, looking forward to see your shirt.

~ Kimberlee B ~ said...

Wow, I thought I was the only one that wouldn't give up a fight. Looks awesome!

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