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|16 more reviewsReview submitted in 2014 Fitted Blouse - Skill Level INTERMEDIATE Contest|
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|Reviewed by:||Rpilver|| |
|Posted on:||3/30/14 6:40 PM |
|Last Updated:||4/1/14 4:59 AM|
Vogue Patterns Pattern Info
|Pattern Rating:||Highly Recommend |
|Review Rating:|| Helpful by 3 people Very Helpful by 8 people |
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|Available for sale on PR: $27.50 (See envelope) Click to Buy |
|Fabric:||Voile [See other projects in this fabric]|
|Ready for spring? I sure am! After a long, snow covered winter, I am craving the color of green and this blouse certainly helps.|
Darts in the front and back of this blouse create a nice fitted look. The sleeve have a pleat at the cuff. There is top stitching on the collar, collar band, and the cuffs.
It runs sizes 6-22.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
It looks very much like the drawing. I made view D.
Were the instructions easy to follow?
The directions were easy to follow, however, I had the Grainline Studio Archer Sew Along close by on my computer and referred to it as I went along. The envelope says this is an Easy Vogue, but I would not recommend it for a beginner. The instructions were clear, but there are some details, like the attaching the continuous lap on the sleeves and sewing the collar, that I would not consider beginner.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? As with most patterns, I find the way it suggests setting in the sleeve heads a frustrating experience!
However, I am sure there is a better way to do it without swearing at my machine. I especially like the fit of the blouse. It an be worn either tucked in or out over pants or skirts. There is nothing I dislike. I think it went together smoothly, other than the sleeve heads, and the fit is right for me.
I used a semi sheer cotton voile purchased at Mood Fabrics. I spotted this fabric when I was browsing through the site's Project Runway fabric choices. It was shown in a beautiful canary yellow. I chose the green because yellow is not a good color for my cool skin tone. I played with the position of the pattern of the fabric by placing the back piece in a way so that the cloud like design would cascade down my upper back. I like the combination of vertical stripes mixed in with the whimsical cloud like design. I used sew in interfacing purchased by Emma One Sock. It is a wonderful quality lightweight interfacing and I plan to use it for all my future blouses.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
I did not change anything. Although my measurements indicate I should make a size 8 , I made a 6 as I wanted a very fitted blouse. I wish I had interfaced the front facing although the pattern does not call for it. This fabric would have especially benefited from having more stability in the buttonhole area.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I would sew it again. I'd like to make it in a stretch cotton or a gingham. I do recommend it if you like the fitted blouse look. You won't be disappointed.
This was many firsts for me. My first button-down blouse pattern, my first time sewing with cotton voile, and my first time sewing something green! I loved the blouse making experience and have the Graineline Studio Archer blouse in my queue. As for the voile, it is a loose weave, delicate fabric in that it shows every pin prick and you need to be careful not to pull threads, but it is sturdy in that it presses beautifully with a hot steam. Setting in the sleeves took me a long time. I struggled with getting them without any tucks and had to rip them out in spots and sew over a couple of times. Can anyone share sleeve setting tips? I pre-washed the fabric on cold water and line dried it, so I will wash the blouse the same way.
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