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|Reviewed by:||Rairscat|| |
|Posted on:||6/18/14 0:44 AM |
|Pattern Rating:||Pattern OK, but did NOT work for Me |
|Review Rating:|| Helpful by 1 people Very Helpful by 3 people |
|Fabric:||Voile [See other projects in this fabric]|
|Pattern Description: Top has self lined yokes, front pleats, shaped hemline and very narrow hem. I made view B, loose fitting collar, front bands with snap closing, and long sleeves with pleats, placket, and snap cuffs.|
Pattern Sizing:6-14 and 14-22. I accidentally bought the 14-22.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?yes and no. The style lines and shape are the same, but the drape isn't. I blame that on fabric choice.
Were the instructions easy to follow?Yes. For once I read the enclosed directions and followed them step by step. No problems there.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?I'm not normally a button-down kind of gal, but I fell in love with this pattern based on reviews here and shopped for the perfect fabric for it. I initially liked the collar, bands, gentle curve of the front edges that form a V neckline and the pretty bias inset. Unfortunately none of those worked in practice. The collar does not lay at the base of my neck like the model on the pattern, it fits more like a mandarin style and thanks to my square shoulders, stands away from my neck a good 1/2" all around. The bands are interfaced and folded in half, making them too thick and stiff to create a soft bend at the neckline (at least in cotton voile) and generally make the front stiff and awkward. The bias inset gives it a western look and I sorta regret the contrast color I chose.
The pattern pieces themselves are fine-everything lines up and works-but the garment is enormous. I took 2 1/2" of length out of the sleeves, 1" out of the bodice length, and moved the sleeve seam at the shoulder in 5/8". I also took the sides in an additional 5/8", which meant the hems no longer matched at the side seams. I really found the shaped hem annoying. The back being longer than the front makes it look like I'm wearing some random man's shirt, not a blouse cut to fit ME. If you're considering this blouse, do yourself a favor and either cut a straight hem front & back or alter one or the other so they're the same length, that way if you need to take the side seams in that narrow hem you worked so hard for will line up.
Fabric Used:palos verdes abalone cove cotton voile...meh. I think I got spoiled with the free spirit voiles. This fabric is sheer but has the texture and drape of a quilting cotton. Not the best choice for this pattern.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:see above
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?I will not sew this again. I don't even have the energy to sew the snaps on to finish this one, hence the safety pins. I could tentatively recommend it to a tall woman with time to sew pleats, a collar, plackets, and very narrow shaped hems in a quality silk georgette, charmeuse or crepe de chine.
Conclusion: I really wanted to love this blouse. I took my time and did some of my best work (please fawn over those plackets and that narrow hem!!) but the color and texture of the fabric isn't right and the blouse itself doesn't do my figure any favors. Total bummer.
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