Added Mar 15, 2010
London, United K...
This blouse started life as a Jakob shirt for my partner. I royally messed it up though. I cut the neck and collar GIGANTIC and couldn’t remedy it whatsoever. So now it has been given a new lease of life in the form of Butterick 4985.
I saved as much of the original style changes as I could from the original Jakob attempt. The arm bands are the original cuffs, done as a French cuff style with a curved edge and little Chinese knot cufflinks. The huge collar has been retained and the pocket is now on the hip. Under the collar and on the second side of the cuffs I have used a chocolate brown silk taffeta as a contrast. It brings up the lighter brown flecks in the fabric so nicely!
The fabric is just so delicious and rich. It was the first piece of fabric whose pattern my partner really liked. So of course I went back and got more for a second attempt at the Jakob pattern. For some reason taking him fabric shopping (so long as he picks fabric for shirts for himself) is easier then taking him shirt shopping. Oh well, more sewing for me!
Oh, and just thought I’d mention, be careful with the under-bust dimension on this pattern. I cut it all out at 10 which was fine for most of it except that it was way too loose under the bust. I took it in under the arm but it would have been better to do it under the gathers at the bust.
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