I have a bazillion things to do today, but I managed to finish my Jasmine blouse yesterday, and wanted to get it up here with a couple notes - mainly to remind myself what to do differently next time I make this! And there will be a next time. Despite the cheap fabric and all the problems it caused me, I'm pretty happy with it:
Whew! That is one busy print! I think I would have been better off making the collar and cuffs in a contrasting material. Live and learn. The top looks OK on the hanger, but it looks so much better on the body. I'm hoping to wear it with my new Ginger to a concert tonight, and hoping to get my act together enough to take some pix of them as well!
I made the size 2 with no modifications and the fit is really good. The bias cut is pretty forgiving. The neckline is somewhat wider than I was expecting, and not very low cut, which is a good thing. I also like that it is nice and long - great for tucking in.
The main problem I had with this is that the fabric was so slippery. I really should have cut each piece individually, but of course I was too lazy, so the print is skewed in some places. This fabric also has a lot of bias stretch, which caused my collar to grow. Because of that, I ended up having to pin it all the way down to the the point of the V, so I had to leave off the little loop the pattern calls for. Once the knot is tied you can't tell though, so it worked out OK.
I'm also not too happy with the sleeve cuffs. They don't have any opening, and therefore no give, and they fit a little tighter on my arm than I'd like. So I may cut them in the size 4 next time. I also don't like how they look so much lighter in color than the rest of the blouse because of the interfacing. A contrasting cuff would have solved that problem though.
I did the front, side and shoulder seams as French seams, and when it came time to put on the collar, I was wishing I hadn't. The seams created way too much bulk and keep the collar from laying as flat as I'd like.
All that makes it sound like I'm not too happy with this top, but I really am! And Hubby likes it a lot too. For me, this pattern is definitely a keeper, and next time I'll allow myself some good quality fabric, because it deserves it.
What about you? Have you made the Jasmine, or is it on your list? I'm surprised not to see too many finished versions on the flickr group yet!