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KathleenNW

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Date: 5/6/12 11:36 PM

Whatn pattern is your tried and true blouse pattern.

It will be warm soon (I hope), and I would like to start with a well drafted pattern. This will be my first blouse.

Thank you! Kathy
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Date: 5/7/12 10:03 AM

From my experience, blouse patterns have to be altered so much that it doesn't really matter which pattern I start with to become a TNT. I just bought Coni's Fitting Shell which seems promising. But I will still have to make adjustments for the bust height.
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Date: 5/7/12 11:08 AM

I have had good success with McCalls5630, which is a Palmer/Pletsch pattern. And it has all the good instructions for all of our fitting issues. It is really easy shirt to put together, and so comfortable, sleeve and collar options.

Have fun! I am looking forward to summer too, and warm weather!
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Date: 5/7/12 12:14 PM

Thank you for the replies.

I have Connie's fitting shell. The problem I have with her patterns is the sleeves. They are always huge. with lots of fabric folding in my front and back arm crease. Hope that makes sense. I will try it again, making a smaller size and doing (more of) a FBA.

We definately get a variety of weather here in Washington.

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Date: 5/8/12 12:42 PM

I looked at your profile and it seems we have similar fitting issues (slight rounded back and sway back) and similar size. I'm also looking for a TNT blouse/shirt pattern. I'll be watching this thread.

To date, I've had the best luck with Burda. This (sorry, at work and can't link) http://sewing.patternreview.com/review/pattern/74934 is my best out-of-envelope fit.

I'm just starting Jalie 3130. It looks like it could be a winner. With bust and vertical darts there are lots of fitting opportunities.

Are you looking for something semi-fitted, loose ?

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Date: 5/8/12 4:22 PM

If you are looking for something to fit you right out of the envelope, don't bother. Look for a pattern that already has either darts or princess seams to facilitate fitting. I'd look for something that is classic so that all that fitting can be used for awhile. Make up a muslin or even two if you make a lot of fitting changes. Don't just use a pattern size by your bust but look at the finished garment measurements and compare them to something similar in your closet with fit that you like. The better your muslin fits the less you have to adjust the good fabric and the fresher it will look when you are done. If you are unfamiliar with certain construction details then make sure you do them in the muslin even if you wouldn't ordinarily so that you can practice. There are lots of simple ways to to add or change details to make a blouse look new and fresh.

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Date: 5/8/12 6:46 PM

My favorite is this New Look 6952. I fit it when I was just learning how to fit patterns, and with these darts it's not very hard at all. I used FFRP to do an FBA, and I usually lengthen torso 2 inches.

There are lots of reviews of this pattern here on PR, and most people commented that the front placket is weird. Not having sewn a front placket before, I didn't find anything unusual, but you will have to be careful that the buttons you select will fit within the placket (if you should choose to use a different size than recommended).

I've lost count of the number of times I've sewn this blouse. I've left the placket off, changed the cuffs, and even sewn it with smaller seam allowance for more of a jacket fit. I love this one!

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Date: 5/8/12 10:39 PM

Butterick 5300 has alot of good reviews and comes with cup sizes up to DD. I tried on a sample at a sewing expo and it fit perfect xcept the dart needed to be lowered just a little. It was a size medium D, and I always have to do a fba, but not with this pattern.

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Date: 5/9/12 11:55 AM

I really like the Kwik Sew princess seam blouse (2849), which I use in my shirt-making class. As another poster mentioned, princess seams make it easier to adjust the fit since you can add/remove from anywhere along the seam as needed. Kwik Sew 2849

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Date: 5/9/12 1:27 PM

My favorites are Butterick 6085 and Petite Plus Shapely Shirt.

And yes, you'll have to alter the pattern to fit your figure.
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