|Simplicity: 1692 (1940s blouse) - Type:Tops |
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|Pattern Rating:||Pattern OK, but did NOT work for Me |
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|Fabric:||Rayon [See other projects in this fabric]|
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|Pattern Description: 1940s retro blouses with waist tucks and side seam zipper. Short kimono sleeve versions (C and D) with high round neck or scoop neck and neck facing; shoulder button and loop closures. Versions A and B with high round neck, neckline gathers, bias bound neckline finish and back neck slit, set in, long sleeve, fullness gathered into buttoned cuffs or short gathered sleeve with sleeve head. All versions have shoulder pads.|
I made version A but have not put in shoulder pads.
finished blouse tucked in
bias neck binding, side seams and almost invisible zipper inserted
sleeves pinned on at shoulder seam, zipper and neck not yet finished
back view of neckline and button
Pattern Sizing: (6-8-10-12-14), (16-18-20-22)
I cut size 10 and gradually flared to size 12 below the bust.
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? Simplicity has good clear, detailed instructions with diagrams.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? The 1940s look appealed to me- feminine without being too frilly or girly.
Fabric Used: fine 88% viscose rayon/ 12 % linen blend from my stash
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: shortened long sleeve by 1 1/4 inch for my short arms, made a 1/4 inch horizontal wedge in upper bodice to remove fabric for my bony chest. I should have done a SBA - there's too much fabric in the front. The high neckline looked too high for my liking so I cut a size 6 front neckline, lowering it by about 1/2 inch. I am very happy that I made that change.
The neckline uses a 3/8 seam allowance. There are 4 different points to match up when applying the bias binding. Close to 6 inches of fabric are gathered to fit about 2 inches so this version needs thin, soft fabric to have the gathers look nice.
Would you recommend it to others? Other than applying the bias binding at the neck it has been easy sewing for me. I wouldn't recommend this pattern for a beginning sewer unless they try version C or D.
Conclusion: I don't think this blouse (version A) will be a favourite addition to my wardrobe. It looks nice, but it's just not me! I should have known better that high necks and gathering just aren't my style. ETA: Wore it today - it looks better tucked in.
I'm not discounting that Version D (short cap/kimono sleeve with scoop neck) with a generous SBA and without the rickrack trim is more my style and could be a nice summer blouse.
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