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Monday, October 10, 2011

Quick Update

Here's a quick update. School just keeps bringing waves and waves of work, so I haven't gotten much done. In addition, Operation JSK has been put on hold in favor of fixing up my blouse. As I've mentioned before, it has a tendency to bunch up over the waistbands of skirts. Even though it's not made out of quality material, it's still a nicely shaped blouse. I want to make it useful until I get around to purchasing some nice fabric to make another one. 
I've been debating with myself on how I wanted to fix this problem. However, most of my ideas seemed to be more effort than this cheapie experiment blouse was worth. I thought of ripping out sections of seams and sewing in waist ties, but I always pushed this idea aside because it just sounded so permanent if something went wrong. Then, a couple of days ago, I noticed something on Innocent World blouses. Their waist ties are detachable! Brilliant! If the waist ties look wrong, or don't do their job and just add bulk I can simply snip off the buttons and have the same old shirt once again!

Example of an Innocent World blouse with detachable waist ties

Hopefully, I can get this ball rolling Friday! (I also hope I have enough leftover fabric *crosses fingers*)


  1. Ooooh, good idea! :D Bodyline's bunny-ear blouse has detachable waist-ties, and it's nice because I actually don't really use them on mine, but I can just put them back on whenever I want.

    I would love to see before-and-after photos if you take any pictures! :D

  2. Yay! I'm glad I'm not just talking crazy talk. ^_^

    Yup, I'm planning on taking before, after, and during construction pictures too.

    I'm glad to finally have a rock solid project to go after. I've been skipping around between so many costuming ideas, I've made absolutely no progress with anything. xD

  3. It's amazing how settling down with a project can feel like such an accomplishment; I totally understand. XD I used to (and still occasionally) have problems where I'll alllmoooosstttt get something done, and then I'll stop and start something else. X_X

    The blouse in particular is L009 (http://www.bodyline.co.jp/bodyline/showProduct2.asp?id=2973). The buttons are located right *on* the side seams, like, they're in line with the armpits.

    I don't know if it's because how the blouse fits on me, or if it's the design of it, but the buttons are maybe 1cm-or-so above my natural waist.

    The ties themselves are ≈61.5cm long, and they taper a little, so they're a teensy bit less than 4.5cm on the button-hole side, and they're 6cm at the end.

    The button holes are almost 3cm long, and they start around 1cm from the end of the ties.

    I hope this helps! :D I'm so excited about your blouse, especially because I've never heard of someone adding ties to their own blouse. X3

  4. Thank you so much! Even providing the link! I feel better about this not going into it blind. ^_^ I hope it turns out.

    Yeah, I do that too. Start something while I'm working on something else. xD And then it's so so hard to ever finish anything!

    Thank you again for your help!