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|StyleArc: Brenda blouse (Brenda blouse) - Type:Tops |
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|Posted on:||9/20/13 11:26 PM |
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|Fabric:||Cotton [See other projects in this fabric]|
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|Pattern Description: From the Style Arc website:|
Brenda blouse is a great wardrobe builder, suitable for the office or for a casual look. Wear it with your jeans on the weekend. Features flattering V-neck line extending into a neat collar, front gathers and a Â¾ sleeve.
Size 4-30. I sewed a size 10 which has a finished bust of 37".
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Yes, although mine does not have as pronounced curve above the gathers as the drawing shows.
Were the instructions easy to follow?
I would not recommend this for someone who has not made shirts before. The instructions are minimal and I struggled with the placket for most of this afternoon but finally had a light bulb moment!
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I really like the fit. The pattern is extremely well drafted. Everything matched up perfectly. The sleeves were one of the easiest sleeves I have put in, NO puckers on my muslin or this blouse. I set that sleeve in LIKE A BOSS! The sleeve slit came out nicely too. I was unsure of the one size pattern in an envelope but there was plenty of paper to make pattern adjustments without having to tape paper to the edges. The paper is nice and heavy too.
The Dislikes: The front placket was extremely confusing. I have never made one this way and after I finally figured it out, I made notes on the instructions to help me when I make it again (which I will). Here are my notes on the placket:
1. Fold (3/8") and press inner edge of top button stand. This piece will be on the front of your blouse when you finish the placket.
2. Stitch outer edges with a 1/4" seam allowance of both stands, then turn right sides out, press and edge stitch this seam.
3. With WRONG sides together, sew the long edge to the blouse front, matching up the marks for the gathering. Press seams toward the blouse.
4. Turn placket to the front and edge stitch the folded edge to the blouse front. The folded edge from step 1 will just cover your stitching line. I was thinking too much to take pictures- sorry!
Lightweight stretch cotton from Vogue Fabrics
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
I added approximately 1/2 inch at the waist and about 3/4 inch at the bottom. I am very pear shaped. The collar and stand have 1/4 inch seam allowances, I added 1/8" to make 3/8 seam allowances which I prefer, also added 1/8" to neck edge front and back. After sewing lots of Silhouettes patterns, I prefer this seam allowance. I also followed Peggy Sager's method for the edge stitching the stand/collar assembly to the neck edge. I get a very smooth finish much like ready to wear- no lumps
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I will sew it again and would recommend it. Excellent fit, much like ready to wear.
A really well drafted pattern that went together very well. This was my first Style Arc pattern and it won't be my last.
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