|Pattern Description: This is a gathered neck, raglan sleeve blouse pattern with a front band. Long sleeves. It's a pullover and the band is partially sewn together at the front. |
Pattern Sizing: Single size only. I used size 14. The neck/shoulder is a bit tight, might size up next time. Bust is fine.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes. The sleeve length is perfect.
Were the instructions easy to follow? This is very easy to sew, as long as you're good with gathers. The instructions aren't great, but look at the pictures. i've clarified some things below.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I love the way the band looks in the front and the fact that this is a pullover cut has the look of a front-opening blouse. I made the band, collar and cuffs from a contrasting fabric and like this aspect.
There are several things that are unclear from the instructions. First, the seam allowances are either 1/4 or 3/8 inch, depending on whether the seam is "internal". I'm not sure which is which, but the seam allowances are marked on the pattern so you can figure this out. Second, the front bands are called" front panels" in the instructions but called " centre front bands" in the pattern piece list. These pieces are partially seamed to join them at their centers, then pressed, and then one side of each is attached to the front blouse sections.The picture in the pattern makes this a bit more clear. I serge-finished the back edge of the bands before joining them and then stitched-in-the-ditch to anchor the folded back. (This isn't stipulated in the the instructions.)
Fabric Used: A cotton lawn from FashionFabricClub, $5 total. Contrast brown Kona Cotton. This is basically a wearable muslin for this pattern.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: I used the serger, high differential feed and tension to gather the neck and sleeves.
I used a much more simple and effective way of doing the collars and cuffs. Rather than assembling the collar and cuffs before joining it to the gathered body, I just added one piece at a time. That is, I joined the front of collar to the gathered body (band, front, sleeves, back) and then in a second step sewed the back of the collar, sandwiching the body between the front and back collar pieces. This way the collar is precisely the right size. (I don't know why this isn't universal yet. Learned this from David Page Coffin "Shirtmaking", a really fabulous, helpful resource for all things about shirtmaking). Ditto for cuffs--one seam only sewed to sleeve. I attached the cuff while the sleeve was flat, and then joined the side seams of the front and back and sleeve seams. The cuff was then folded back and anchored by stitch-in-the-ditch. This is so much easier.
I noted for the neck markings that the gathering isn't distributedI uniformly--much more gather at sleeves than front/backs. I'm not sure I like this and may redo in a future version.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? I am going to sew it in a more luxurious fabric. I find a raglan sleeve very comfortable to wear.
Conclusion: This is a nice raglan-sleeved peasant-style blouse, joined at the front with a band. Pretty easy to sew. Shoulder fit might be tight.