I finished this one yesterday.
(Please ignore my hair. It was in a messy bun. Messy being the operative word.)
This is the Pattern Runway Gorgeous Pussy Bow Blouse, sans bow. It's described as an "easy fit blouse with bangle-length sleeves" - right up my alley. It has a sweet little collar with separate stand, and neat little sleeve plackets. All in all a very feminine, yet comfortable blouse.
I first made my muslin of this blouse just over a year ago. The fit was pretty good, but a teeny bit snug in the hips and across the back. Before I started working on this version, I extended the side seam out below the waist to the next size up, and also gave myself a quarter-inch Broad Back Adjustment. This is the first time I've done the adjustment, although I've known for quite a while I need it (thank you, C2 Rowing) - it really does make a difference. I could even stand a little more ease in the back, but then I'd have to ease the back shoulder with a gathering stitch. With this small adjustment, I was able to ease the back shoulder into the front just by pulling the front shoulder more taut as I sewed - easy peasy.
Sadly, the light around here this morning wasn't good enough to give you the understanding of just how gorgeous this fabric is. This is Robert Kaufman Baby's Breath in Vintage (even the name is fantastic!) from the London Calling Lawn line. Liberty-esque without the pricetag, IMO! I fell in love and bought enough to make this very blouse the instant I saw it. I also bought it in the "Celebration" colorway:
Anyway, here are some close-up pictures so you can see the colors of "Vintage" better.
|I love my little lavender buttons!|
|Edge-stitching courtesy of the blind hem foot!|
|Rolled hem - that was hard on those curves!|
And you want to see my shoes, right? Bought these years ago from Boden:
They go with both these fabrics!
So, do you guys feel all better now, since you got a smiley face today rather than a pouty one?!