Detail of the fabric weave on my favorite blouse

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If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you’ll know that one of my favorite blouse designs is the Mama Catherine from Made for Mermaids. I love the ruching under the yoke and the loose style is comfortable and flattering on my body. I have literally made over 20 of these shirts for myself and my family!

I don’t have a lot of green in my wardrobe, so I thought it would be nice to make a St. Patrick’s Day shirt this year. I chose a nice olive green double brushed poly from knitfabric.com.

La Mama Catherine takes 2 to 2.5 meters of knitted fabric, depending on the sleeves you choose. I usually use double brushed poly for this top – cotton lycra is a little too stiff for my liking. I had some fabric left over from cutting out my olive green blouse, so I decided to do something a little different this time. I hacked the yoke with a fabric weave detail, and I love it! This gives the shirt a dressy and unique feel.

Adding the weave detail was easier than it looks…

I started by cutting 4 inch wide strips of fabric. I folded them in half (right sides together) and sewed along the long edge. When I was finished, I turned the tubes right side out. Madame Sew has a super helpful tube turner set you can use for this step.

After I had a bunch of strips, I sprayed basting adhesive on the right side of my top yoke piece. Then I carefully placed the strips on top and started weaving them. I used a ruler to hold them all at a 45 degree angle.

After getting the basket weave to look the way I wanted, I carefully basted the strips in place using the longest stitch on my sewing machine. The basting spray kept everything in place. The basting spray washes off, but it takes a few washes.

I then turned the yoke piece over and cut off any strips that were hanging over the edge. Then I was ready to sew the shirt as usual.

What do you think? Do you like the detail of braiding? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below and I’ll answer your questions.


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