|Pattern Description: "Blouse A: use of two different fabrics, tone on tone, no buttons nor zipper, inserted elastic at the sleeves. View B: front button fastening and cuffs. Sleeves view A and front / back pieces view B laid on the double." I made view B with some modifications, because my fabric is not sheer.|
Pattern Sizing:8-10-12-14-16-18-20. I cut size 14/40 from neck to waist, blending to size 16/42 at the hip.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? My result was similar to the envelope photo of view B, but the sleeves were not as full as I thought they'd be.
Were the instructions easy to follow? With study, they could be understood, but they didn't jump off the page into my brain. The attachment of the yoke is particularly poorly described, and I'm afraid that my result is not as perfect as I wish. Particularly for this non sheer fabric, the corner on the yoke should have been reinforced and staystitched on the seam line.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I like the split neck shaping and the unusual one-piece yoke and sleeves design. I prefer a fitted silhouette so I chose view B.
Fabric Used: Printed silk twill, purchased locally. I'm not supposed to buy or sew any more blue clothes so we agree to say that it's hot pink with blue accents. Interfaced front edges and cuffs with lightweight fusible from emmaonesock.com.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
* removed 1" length at the adjustment line above the waist on the back piece. I then added 1" at the hem, plus a bit more at the CB.
* No FBA - The blouse appeared to be quite roomy based on the finished measurements, but it was not. For extra ease, the side seam allowances were reduced to 5/16 inch.
* Bust shaping - Front darts were recontoured from waist to bust, and made 1/2 inch shorter.
* Too big in waist across back - Back darts were made deeper at waist, blending back to the original line at top and bottom.
* I am not square shouldered - Shoulder darts were made 3/4 inch longer and less square, according to my shape.
* I used only 6 buttons down the front, positioned per the pattern and leaving off the bottom one.
DESIGN CHANGES were made because my fabric is not sheer.
* the front piece was not doubled. Instead, I added 1 inch to the center front cut edge, interfaced and turned it to the inside as the facing.
* my buttons were quite small, so I reduced the extension past the CF line to 1/2 inch.
* cuffs were cut singly, and fully interfaced.
* the neck edge binding was especially fiddly - and the drape-y nature of this lovely fabric made it almost impossible. Even with a lot of patient hand-sewing, it couldn't be done per the instructions. 1) I rounded off the corner at the front edge. 2) my binding is a little narrower than suggested at 1/4 inch. 3) Just could not get it to lay nicely with a turned edge on the inside; instead, I made pick stitch through all layers and 4) then trimmed the excess binding to leave 1/4 inch past the stitching line. After pressing, it looks quite nice, inside and out.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? If I did make it again, I would change the sleeve, either more fitted or more full. I don't recommend it - the very tailored details don't work well in a fluid blouse weight fabric. And the pattern also doesn't fully take advantage of the recommended fabrics that would look gorgeous in a more generously cut sleeve - my opinion.
Conclusion: For a project that took two weeks, the result is not as polished as I wish, only some of which is the fault of the pattern. If I had made a toile, then I could have done nice french seams and internal finishing. I expect to get some wear out of it, because I love the colors.