On Tuesday, I shirked most of my duties and instead made this blouse:
This is the Lisette Souvenir Blouse, in a cotton voile print that is very like toile, except that there are no people. I bought this piece of fabric a few months ago from Vogue, intending it to be for the muslin of this blouse - which technically, it is. But I ended up really loving this print! So I'm glad there were no unhappy surprises in the construction of this piece.
I cut a straight size 10, and only made one modification. Rather than doing a deep hem like the pattern calls for, I did a tiny hem to make it longer. Do you see where I'm going with this? Yes, it covers up the wavy zipper of my Clover pants! But to accomodate my hips, I ended up having to make side vents. I just unpicked each side seam 3" and then stitched 1/4" from the fold:
I love this blouse, but there's one tiny detail that I'm not too happy with. On the front neckline, there's a part of the design that makes it look like I made a mistake in stitching! See if you can spot it:
I swear, it's the print of the fabric and not shoddy stitching!
This pattern wasn't too difficult; I'd say the whole thing took me about 4.5 hours, and that includes tracing the pattern and cutting the fabric. The construction of the sleeves and yokes is interesting, and I'll admit the directions didn't make a whole lot of sense to me. But I was able to figure out how it was supposed to go together and just ignore the instructions.
Yesterday I wore it to run errands and do chores around the house, pairing it with the Clovers for their test run. I'm pretty happy with the fit of the pants, and they didn't loosen up (read: get baggy) as much as I'd suspected they might. And with this top to cover up the zipper, I felt pretty darned cute, even though allergies are keeping me from wearing any makeup these days.
Are any of you thinking of making this top? When the new spring patterns from Lisette came out, I was a little underwhelmed, but they've really grown on me!