Added Mar 17, 2012
Well, if you have seen many of the garments I’ve sewn, you may realize that I never actually use a “modern-day” pattern – they are all either Edwardian costumes or 1930-50s dresses. So at the beginning of 2012 I decided I was going to use a real, all-out, modern pattern that I could actually wear today. No frills or furbelows, just a down-to-earth, pretty knit top. Ha ha! It seems I am completely incapable of sewing anything plain at all!
This blouse is about as romantic and feminine as any Victorian gown I ever dreamed of. With the sheer lace sleeves, high Queen Anne style collar, sweetheart neckline, and double-ruffle ribbon trim, this blouse is elegance let loose! I used a rayon peach knit fabric that had a lovely sheen to it, and I finished off the hem with a lettuce edge technique.
This lovely blouse pattern (6399 by Palmer/Pletsch for McCalls) has terrific instructions on how to fit your garment before you actually sew it or even cut it out. I love how this pattern had these unusual diagonal tucks which combine to make a chevron effect at the side seams. The only main alteration I made to the pattern was taking in two small vertical tucks in the front which I covered with peach ribbon to match.
Due to the coldness of the weather, I had to wear a pair of jeans under this skirt. Hence, there’s a lot more bulk than usual in the waist area. Darn!
The pictures taken outside were in below-freezing temperatures, so my teeth were chattering so much I could hardly smile! But I was nonetheless quite happy to be wearing the ladylike top. If you’d like to read my review of the pattern you can visit my blog
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