|Pattern Description: Semi-fitted, lined blouse, has back neckband, pleated flounce, front band with snap closures, and very narrow hem. Contrast flounce and raw edge bias strips for side front/side back seams and sleeve hems.|
Pattern Sizing: Size 12
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes it did.
Were the instructions easy to follow? Yes, but this is not a beginner's pattern.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? This pattern is well drafted and all markings and pieces fit well. The sleeves insert beautifully. Loved the raw edge bias strip accents. The flounce keeps it's position and lays perfectly.
This pattern is complex with many pieces and techniques employed. All are clearly explained. This took many weeks to complete because of the complexity, but the instructions are well written and you will be rewarded with an beautiful finished product.
One of the most difficult aspects of the construction was inserting the raw edge bias strips along the front, back and sleeve edges so that they are even. At first, I attempted to stretch the bias strips and press them before insertion. That was not necessry. Then, I attempted to stretch them slightly as they were inserted - don't do this! The result will be uneven bias accents. Just use dual feed or a walking foot and stitch without stretching.
The body of the garment is lined, but the sleeves are unlined, I considered binding the armholes, but the silk crepe was so heavy, I didn't want any additional bulk. I serge finished the armholes with the least amount of thread possible. If you elect to make this blouse in white or cream as I did, select a beige lining so that the body and sleeves remain the same color.
The medium snaps were covered with the lining fabric before insertion. Make certain to place the snaps so that they are even with the bust point to avoid gaposis. The neckline did not require any modification - no problem with an overly revealing neckline.
I used heavy four ply silk crepe. When forming the flounces at the neckline, there were so many layers of thick, spongy silk at the neck edge seam; I thought disaster would strike, but with agressive trimming of sewn seam allowances and careful pressing with a ham and point presser, the flounce took flight.
I probably won't make this one again, only because there is only the need for one blouse like this one. If you take the time to make this one, use the best silk you can afford. It is a wonderful garment.
Fabric Used: Heavy four ply Silk Crepe - luscious! Poly lining.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: Slightly reduced the waist shaping.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? I would recommend it to those who love a worthwhile challenge
Conclusion: I love it.