Added Dec 20, 2010
This is Blouse 118 from BWOF August 2009. The sleeve-less version (117) has been quite popular amongst the Sewing community, and it is definitely on my list for summer, but for a more fall/winter garment I went for the sleeve version.
The blouse has puffy 3/4 sleeves with tight armbands, 2 floundes going down on each side of the center seam and a slit at the top and bottom, with a button tab at the hem.
Aside from the button tab, the pattern was quite easy to execute, although the heming of the ruffles required a bit of attention. I don’t have a rolled hem foot so I had to press a 1/8" double hem before sewing it in place with a zig-zag stitch. I’m quite happy with the result.
I made a slight modification to the flounce by adding an extra pleat at the top, to give more shape, as it was laying a bit too flat at first, I also tightened the arm bands (a bit too much though).
I didn’t do an actual button hole at the bottom, as it is mostly a design detail anyway, and stitched the two layers together so that the bottom tab would not peek out from under. I did french seams for the shoulder, side and sleeve seams, and finished the center seam and armhole seams with brown satin bias tape.
I have to say this is not my favorite garment I’ve made. I’m happy with the finished product in terms of techniquem but it’s the style I’m not crazy about. I’m not sure if the ruffle is really “me”. But i think I have other garments in my wardrobe that I could pair it with (skeany jeans and a longish sweater vest), to wear.
More photos and details on my blog Petite Josette
The pattern recommends using silk, but I didn’t find anything that I liked in the silk department, so I went with a shirting cotton with a bit of stretch to it, and a slight shine too, which color I really like.
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