|Pattern Description: |
Misses' and Women's Blouse (Monogram for Transfer Included): All views feature back-buttoning blouse with high round neckline, soft gathers where blouse front meets forward shoulder seam, box pleat at center front with an outside tuck at each side. V. 1,2,3 have set-in sleeves. V. 1 sleeves are long and V. 2,3 are short. V. 1 has small collar and ribbon bow trim. Sleeves are gathered to french cuff. Buttons trim front pleat. V. 2 has small collar and monogram at pleat. V. 4 is sleeveless with neck band.
Size 12 Bust 32
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Yes, would have more so if I had used a more drapey fabric.
I made V. 2 and added the buttons and bow.
Were the instructions easy to follow?
Yes! This was an incredibly easy blouse to construct.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I liked how easy it was.
However, I have a dickens of a time buttoning up the back! Good thing I've got stretchy tendons.
I used a cotton broadcloth with silk chiffon overlay which ended up being way more stiff than I would have liked. I would recommend using all silk or rayon. If you want to use cotton, I would recommend lawn.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
I sized it up a bit, but less than expected - I needed almost no extra length. I needed more width to accommodate my shoulders, but kept the neck the same size.
Note to self: the neck is a little small, fix for next time.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
Yes, absolutely, to both! Next time I might try using bigger buttons in the back for ease of use.
This is a great vintage wardrobe piece that's very quick and easy to sew.
ETA: I ended up completely deconstructing this and remaking it with a silk charmeuse underlay. This meant hand-made buttonholes as they were already slashed. I do not recommend making the blouse this way - making then unmaking and making again. However, it is now so much more comfortable, so I'm glad I took the effort.