|Pattern Description: button front blouse with collar, long sleeves and buttoned cuffs|
Pattern Sizing: I made a 38
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes, I think so
Were the instructions easy to follow? Actually, not bad. I only got confused at the collar/collar stand bit, so I muddled through on my own
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I don't have any shirts at all in my wardrobe, so this has filled a gap. I think chiffon makes a shirt that little bit more feminine
Fabric Used: Polyester chiffon with a camouflage print in an unusual colourway: pink, coral, sage & grey.
Bought on sale: this blouse only cost me £3.75 (plus thread) .. I think that's about 6 US dollars
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
- shortened blouse by 4cm
- shortened sleeves by 7cm
- broadened upper back by 4cm (I have a broad upper back)
- I don't like double-cuffs, so I took 5cm off the cuff piece and made it single cuff
I didn't measure & mark out the buttons as stated. Instead I tried on the blouse and worked out how low I would wear it unbuttoned to, then put a button at that point (between the girls). Then I marked the remaining buttons to correspond.
I found the blouse to still be too long, so I did a 3cm hem ~ happily, a deep hem gives a little weight, helping it to hang nicely
Then, the shoulders were hanging well off my shoulder joints, so I made a one inch dart from the shoulder to bust point. I'll adjust the pattern pieces for my next one.
Would you sew it again? I didn't think I would, because I thought this one was a bit "wild", a bit "not me". But today when I wore it in public I had two unsolicited compliments, so now I probably will sew more: I have a few more chiffons to use up and lots of satins.
A really useful item that has some nice gathers into the shoulder yoke. I'll make the sleeves 1cm longer next time, because the cuff binds me a bit when I move my arms up
I took a close up of the "wild" print because it didn't show up in the photos that well. It's a traditional camo pattern, but in shades of coral, sage, lime.