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Posted on:3/6/14 2:56 AM
Project Photo:Simplicity: 1661 by gsp1066

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Pattern Rating:Great Wardrobe Builder
Review Rating: Very Helpful by 2 people   
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Available for sale on PR: $16.95 (See envelope) Click to Buy
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Fabric:Silk  [See other projects in this fabric]
Pattern Description:
Misses' hip-length blouse has neckline pleats with band or tie collar, shirttail hem, back slit. Sleeveless, flutter or cold-shoulder sleeves.

Pattern Sizing:
I made view C in size 12.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Sort-of. I made changes. See below.

Were the instructions easy to follow?
Yes. But, I am still not sure why you make the neck pleats before sewing the shoulder seam and not after. The front neck pleat is very close to the shoulder seam, making for a lumpy mess. If you reverse the order, the pleats will still be caught in the neckband and stay put.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I really like that they used 3/8" seam allowances at the neck and armhole. It made matching up the curved pieces so much easier.

I also like the method of attaching the color so that you can do the entire thing by machine. The slant bottom edge of the ties is also very graceful (compared to a blunt, rectangular end).

The blouse looks much more expensive and difficult than it really was. I used a nice cotton/silk fabric, but cut it out from 1 yard of 54" wide fabric. The pattern envelope says I needed much more than that.

I didn't like the difficulty of making the second pleat on the front and the overly-long armhole binding.

The pattern piece provided didn't take into account that bias strips will stretch. OTOH, the amount of stretch depends on the fabric and operator (rough handling will cause more stretch). So, maybe they are right to give the exact armhole dimension and assume that the sewist will know to trim to the appropriate length. I used my quilting ruler to cut the bias strip and trimmed to fit.

Fabric Used:
Cotton/silk blend voile. So light and smooth. So floaty. Such a PITA to sew!

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
Shortened the neck ties by 6" on each side (12" total) because I will never wear a bow around my neck. I like having long, trailing ties, and the length turned out exactly as I hoped.

Raised the neck slit 2", which turned out to be unnecessary. This isn't Burda.

I used French seams at the shoulders and sides. The pattern clean finishes the neck and armholes. I extended the front slit topstitching all the way down to clean finish the entire blouse.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
Yes and yes.

Really nice blouse that looks casual when untucked, businesslike when tucked. In an easier-to-handle fabric, this would be a quick make.

I posted lot of photos and construction shots here.
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velosewer said...
Great blouse Grace.
3/6/14 4:42 AM
FreyaStark said...
A lovely blouse, and worth the trouble of coping with a tricky fabric.
3/6/14 5:03 AM
slmstyle said...
Pretty, pretty! I love the fabric you chose to use, it looks very nice and luxurious! I have enjoyed my version of this top as well, but agree that silk is a total PITA to sew, but worth the aggravation in the end for results like this :)
3/6/14 4:15 PM
sewgirlygirl-knot! said...
Very dressy and professional looking.
3/7/14 3:03 PM
Sheenagh said...
This is beautiful! Thank you for the review ... I have this pattern and your review is inspiring me to make it!
3/10/14 8:25 PM
norie creates said...
Beautiful blouse and fabric! Thanks for the review! I'm adding this pattern to my list!
3/19/14 7:05 PM
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