|Pattern Description: |
1940s style blouse with scalloped neckline and buttons down the back
I cut an 8-10-12
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Were the instructions easy to follow?
Incredibly easy. Instead of using the instructions that came with the pattern (that seem wonderful), Abby from BlueGingerDoll hosted a sew along on her blog that I followed. The pictures and instructions were very easy, even with the fact that I learned new skills on this (buttons and scallops!).
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I love everything about the blouse. It's incredibly flattering, the neckline is beautiful, and the buttons down the back are a great touch to modernize what could too retro.
I used a quilting cotton, which I enjoyed because it was easy to work with and sewed up beautifully, but ultimately it's too stiff to wear as a blouse. (Which I know makes sense, but I was being stubborn.)
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
I actually sewed it up as is and found that I needed to make some sort of adjustment - though I'm not quite sure what that would be. (FBA, petite, or back adjustment?!) Essentially what happened was when I put on the finished blouse and pulled the top down/shoulder seams to the center, the neckline looked gorgeous, but the back buttons puckered. When I pulled the back down, the buttons laid flat and beautiful, but the neckline puckered.
For a quick and easy fix, especially since I essentially finished, I ripped out the shoulder seams and folded under fabric from the front of the blouse (as I figured it would be easier to adjust the neckline that the back buttons) so I lost some scallops and the neckline was moved up -so sad! I'm trying to figure out what adjustment I need to make for next time.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
Yes, absolutely. I'm madly in love with this blouse and I'm looking for better fabric and more adjustments for next time.
If you're a beginner, don't be put off by the scallops and the buttons. It really is quite simple if you go slow and take your time, and I have yet to see someone make this top and not have it look stunning on them. I'm definitely a fan. More photos and info on my blog.