See down there in the lower right hand corner, how it says "Fast and Easy Classics?" Ummm . . . compared to what? It took me 4.5 hours to make this "simple" blouse. Granted, that included cutting out, but still . . . I'm no stranger to making shirts and blouses, and this one doesn't even have the added effort of a collar stand or cuffs.
And I made it too big. Again. Here's how it went down. Last week when I was getting ready to make this, I took a look at the finished measurements. The bust for my size was 38" - a lot more ease than I wanted. So I decided to go down a size.
Last night I traced all the pieces for size 8. The front looked small. I held it up to my body. It felt small. I took a few minutes to read some reviews on Pattern Review, and a couple of them said the fit runs small on this one. So I got scared off and retraced it all back up to the size 10 (my normal). It's got quite a bit of ease. Not unwearable, but more relaxed than I usually wear.
|Sorry for the bad light, but this is just a preview.|
Thankfully, the fabric is very soft and has a lot of drape. This is a cotton voile I got from Fabric.com. I like it because it reminds me of Liberty prints. But without the price tag. I had enough left over to make a yummy soft infinity scarf too!
|Infinity isn't as big as I'd thought it would be.|
I remembered to use my favorite new trick for collars, courtesy of Pattern Runway:
It makes such a difference in how nicely the corners turn:
I really like the buttons I picked up yesterday:
So, I'm on the fence about this pattern. I'm not quite sure I want to sacrifice my Anna Maria Horner voile to it, even if I go back down to the size 8. It's very plain - almost camp shirt-like. I'm going to have to think on it.
But - it goes great with the new Ginger, which is what I bought the fabric for:
This one is made from organic cotton twill, also from Fabric.com. It's the same fabric I used for my Madeleine skirt (which is growing on me). While I think it was a little too heavy and stiff for the Madeleine, it works great for the Ginger. I originally chose this color to go with my Pussy Bow Blouse, but after I finished it yesterday, I spent some time going through my closet and finding other tops that go with it. Look how great it is with this '50s sleeveless blouse:
I can't wait to wear these together in summer! This blouse has some really inspiring details too: all the designs are created by manipulating this striped fabric:
|Just look at this collar!|
|and these tucks!|
I bought this blouse many years ago; it's in perfect condition because it was dead stock. But I've hardly ever worn it because it's a little short. So I'm very excited to be able to wear it with this high-waisted skirt!
So I guess this is the moment of truth . . . since blouse #2 is on hold, it looks like tomorrow I'll start working on the pants!