The Violet blouse:
One of the reasons I let this sit for a while before making it was that I couldn't decide which side of the fabric to use. I finally decided to use the wrong side, since I had originally wanted to make this in Swiss dot, but couldn't find any. I'm glad I did - I think it's much more interesting:
I'm also glad I decided to use piping around the collar and down the button placket. I think the lines of the design would have gotten lost without it in this fabric:
And I'm happy with the job I did on the piping. It really wasn't that much extra work.
I learned a useful new trick too with this pattern: when you need to turn something under 1/4" and press, it's easier to do this by first stitching along the edge 1/4" - the needle holes in the fabric make it easier to turn, and you can see exactly where you need to turn it! This is especially helpful on curved edges. You can remove the stitches later if you want to, but in this case I didn't, since it was on the inside of the garment at the edges of the facing.
Well, I think this style might be a little "cute" for me. I keep forgetting I'm pushing 50. Also, the fit is a little more constricting than I like across the back when I put my arms forward.
And no matter how much I try to iron it, and in how many different ways, I just can't get the collar to lay down flat. I think it's probably due to user error, not inherent in the design.
And The Ugly:
I did a pretty good job with the buttonholes, but on the bottom one (thankfully), my scissor slipped when I was cutting it open and cut through the stitches. I had to stitch it back up by hand:
It doesn't show too much when the blouse is buttoned though.
The Final Verdict:
I don't think it's worthy of my green Ginger skirt, but it's wearable. The pattern was marked as a beginner pattern, but I probably wouldn't recommend this as an early project for someone new to sewing, mostly because setting in sleeves can be a little tricky. I've done it plenty of times before, but I had a little trouble with these sleeves; not really sure why.
I'm not sure if I'll make this one again, mostly because I think the style is probably a little too young for me. Because the neckline is wide, I don't think it would look very good with another collar style.
Have you made the Violet blouse, or are you planning to? What was your experience with it?