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Pattern Reviews> Simplicity> 4047 (1950's Wardrobe)

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Posted on:11/20/06 7:03 PM
Last Updated:11/20/06 7:41 PM
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ACB said... (11/21/06 10:28 PM) Reply
Simply beautiful!
Sewing Chick said... (11/21/06 8:05 PM) Reply
I love your blouse. I could have sworn it was pieced by the picture. I may have to consider this pattern. Thanks for the great review!
Linda E. said... (11/21/06 8:06 AM) Reply
lovely top.. I like the fabric you choose too bad it was such a bear to work with..
Schnauzer said... (11/21/06 0:45 AM) Reply
Ann, your blouse is gorgeous!
luvzdogz said... (11/20/06 11:36 PM) Reply
I want to make one! This top looks like one of those pricey little numbers from the Anthropologie store - and the pin really finishes it off.
BeckyC said... (11/20/06 10:57 PM) Reply
Ann, the blouse is beautiful on you. The fabric is perfect for this style, too bad it was such a pain to work with. Beautiful job.
Nylorac06 said... (11/20/06 10:35 PM) Reply
Your fabric really makes this blouse! It is amazing that you were able to use the print design in such a way that it looks like it was pieced to fit the design of the pattern but actually isn't. Very nice!
hongkongshopper said... (11/20/06 9:44 PM) Reply
Lovely blouse. The fabric is really interesting.
Modiste Madness said... (11/20/06 9:39 PM) Reply
Ann you are such an inspiration. I look forward to your reviews and seeing your unique lovely creations.
Mini said... (11/20/06 8:15 PM) Reply
This is such a cute design, and the fit is really flattering. I agree with LMH about the bias stretch factor causing the sleeve to curl. If this blouse was drafted with the authentic 50's shoulder line (sloping and with a bias grain down the top seam of the sleeve), stretching is going to be a problem. Dressmakers back then used woven seam tape to stabilize the shoulders when sewing this kind of cut-on sleeve. The crinkle rayon must have added to the problem too. With a cotton or linen plain weave, you get a lot more control. I'm looking forward to seeing the next piece from this wardrobe-it's looking great so far:).
purpleseamstress said... (11/20/06 7:43 PM) Reply
The curl in the sleeves looks very feminine. I wouldn't have thought of it as a flaw. When I saw your swing jacket, I had hoped you would review this blouse. I think it's lovely and very flattering.
CarolynGM said... (11/20/06 7:43 PM) Reply
The fabric looks fantastic made up in this style. I was convinced you had pieced it until I read the review.
Lisette said... (11/20/06 7:37 PM) Reply
Your blouse is lovely, I'm glad I bought this pattern.
LMH said... (11/20/06 7:25 PM) Reply
Ann, were the sleeves by any chance cut on the bias even slightly? I've worked with rayon twice now, and any seam that cuts across the grain on even the slightest diagonal suddenly generates stretching and odd behavior. Rayon is a truly difficult fabric to work with in my opinion. But your blouse looks really good. Maybe you could tack the cuffs up invisibly somehow, though I'm sure you've already thought of that.
frame said... (11/20/06 7:24 PM) Reply
That's a great looking blouse.
maryfrana said... (11/20/06 7:14 PM) Reply
Glad you persevered with difficult fabric to make this wonderful top. Great job.
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