|Pattern Description: |
Pull-on blouse or dress with a relaxed fit and a flattering V-neck, the pattern features kimono sleeves (meaning no sleeves to set-in) and no closures, making it very easy to sew. The blouse is designed with short sleeves. The dress includes cuffed, 3/4-length sleeves and tabbed pockets. The front facing provides an opportunity to use a fun contrasting or complimentary fabric. (from the Liesl and Co website)
I sewed a size 6 with no alterations for fitting at all.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Yes, except that I made a minor change to the hemline and pockets.
Were the instructions easy to follow?
Yes! Liesl Gibson writes the absolute best pattern instructions I have ever encountered. Many have commented that they are akin to sewing lessons, and since I started sewing her Oliver & S patterns, I have noticed wonderful improvements in my technique, even when I am sewing a pattern from a different company.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I love the comfort and ease of this style. You can change the look from a luxe, silk version to a cotton, casual one. I also like that the pattern is easy to sew--without being boring to sew.
Silk charmeuse. I used the "wrong" side (the dull side) for the body of the blouse, and the shiny side as a contrast on the sleeves, facing, and pocket. I also pretreated this fabric by washing and drying in the machine and then starching and pressing to make it easier to manipulate while cutting and sewing.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
Pocket and Sleeves: I changed the shape of the top of the pocket because I thought I liked a more plain look there. I wasn't even sure if I wanted to keep the pockets, but when I pinned them to the bodice, I really liked the look. In order to make the cuffs and tops of the pockets show the shiny side of the fabric, I had to modify the assembly procedure slightly. It was easy though; instead of folding to the wrong side, I just folded to the right side.
Hemline: I drew a curved line at the hem because I know I will always wear this blouse untucked. Tucking in tops just does not work for my figure.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I will definitely sew it again. I'm already planning another one in a colorful print silk charmeuse. This was such a pleasurable sewing experience and I love my blouse!
Liesl Gibson has done it again!
More photos and info on my blog: Style Me Mary