Added Sep 28, 2012
McCall Printed Pattern no. 8358, Misses’ Blouse with contrasting yoke, button front, and sleeve options.
This was a recent purchase on etsy. I manage to go years without succumbing to the lure of “new” patterns, and then last month I had to indulge.
If I use the long sleeves again, I will probably go for a fabric with more drape, or cut them slimmer through the upper arm. The cuffs were a little oversized. I thought the pattern piece seemed a bit long, and I should have trusted my instincts. As it ended up, I just moved the button in.
One interesting thing to note is that the buttonholes and button stop right above waist level. To keep the tucked in portion from coming apart, a snap is applied. This is the first set of pattern directions that have included this technique, and it really is fabulous if you are planning to tuck the top in!
And I just love the yoke and the long sleeves!
When I make another, I think that I am going to redraft the collar as more of a peter pan collar with rounded edges. Although the pointed look is beginning to grow on me.
I am sure I will be using this pattern again. The short sleeves versions are just calling my name.
More pictures may be found over on my blog, Lilacs & Lace
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