Pattern Description: Lovely figure-skimming top with no closures, due to the flattering bias cut. This blouse is shaped with bust darts and center seams that gently hug the body. Version 1 has a long collar that can be tied in a bow and elbow length sleeves gathered to a cuff. Version 2 has a shorter contrast collar and a notched cuff. I made version 1.
Pattern Sizing: US Sizes 0 - 18. I cut a size 2.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes!
Were the instructions easy to follow? Yes.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? The bias cut is lovely and the way the collar is attached with the ties is lovely and very professional. The facings sit beautifully so even if you are not a fan of facings they do work well with this pattern.
Fabric Used: A cotton voile. This pattern needs a fabric with a nice drape.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: I made my usual adjustments: a small bust adjustment, a forward shoulder adjustment to both shoulder line and also the sleeves and also a narrow shoulder adjustment. I also needed to trim fabric off the centre front and back seams to remove a gaping neckline (a combination of a small bust and very small shoulders) and I added in back neck darts as well. I left cutting the facings until after I fitted the neck and shoulder area so I could duplicate the changes onto the facings. I cut the cuffs in a size 10 as otherwise they felt a bit tight for my liking. The one adjustment I usually make but didn't need for this pattern was a sway back adjustment.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? Yes and yes.
Conclusion: This is a beautiful pattern. Even though I needed to make a fair number of adjustments to get it to fit me well, that is no fault of the pattern as like so many of us who sew, my body shape is not "typical". I was a bit torn as to what rating to give it as it fits "Recommend, wtih Modifications" and "Great Wardrobe Builder" as well, but I went with Highly Recommend based on how happy I was with the finished product. All the adjustments I made are usual for me. I found that the centre front and back seams made it much easier to adjust the pattern. I made this as I have seen it made up on many body types and it is flattering to just about everyone. The bias cut sits beautifully and it looks equally nice tucked into a skirt or pants or untucked for a more casual look.