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Besotted Blouse

Added Mar 19, 2015

by sunnilj9

Cedar City, Utah...






What pattern is this?

The top is a hack of my tried and trued McCall’s 6649 (link in the credits). I made several changes to the pattern this time around. One of the biggest reasons I’m posting this is because I took this great class via Craftsy – One Pattern, Many Looks with Sarah Holden (link in the credits). The class basically shows you how to take a basic pattern (after you’ve fit it to yourself and possibly done a few iterations to get all the kinks out) and create many looks from the same pattern. It gives you more bang for your buck and makes you feel like you don’t have to go and pick up a new sewing pattern every time you want something a little different. This is great on the fitting front too because if you’ve got the base pattern fitting perfectly, all the drafts from it fit wonderfully too with maybe a little tweak here and there for various things. Highly recommend!

The jeans are a rub-off of a pair of my favorite jeans. I’m still working out some of the issues of the fit, but I’ll come back to these at a later point and give you a run down of what I did!

What pattern size did you pick?

I fit the size 14 in the Big 4 pretty well and this was no exception.

What’s the pattern like? Give me an overview of your experience with the pattern.

Since this was a pattern hack I’ll give you an overview of what I did. From the neck down I changed the neckline, created a forward shoulder yoke, did princess seams in the back and got rid of the bust dart in the front. I leveled off the hem in the from and kept the back the same as the original pattern. I shortened the sleeve, but it on the bias and then added little tabs for visual interest. I did all of this based on the fabric I was going to use. This pattern was drafted specifically to use for this lace. I didn’t want to mess with darts or anything like that I wanted something that had visual interest but was fairly simple.

Favorite part of the pattern? Anything you didn’t like?

Favorite part was that I was finally able to use some lace that I’ve had in the stash for a time and yay! I used lace!! If you’re interested, the lace is also available in my online shop (link in the credits)! It’s beaded, and is pretty gorgeous and crazy enough, looks great with jeans!

The sleeves were beasts – I am not good with bias as it is, but I thought I would try something new. The neckline was fairly difficult as well. Again, bias. In silk charmeuse, no less.

What kind of fabric did you use? Special notions or supplies?

The lace panel is beaded and from my online shop as is the double georgette silk I used for the sleeve. I had some matching silk charmeuse on hand which is what the body of the blouse is made from.

How’s the fit?
Perfect. It’s nice and flowy. The neckline is fine, but I feel like I should have tried a different shape for the silk. It tends to slide around too much.

Final verdict?
Another hack from one of my favorite patterns! Love this! I have more lace and plan to make a few more variations like this one.

Material Notes

silk charmeuse, silk double georgette, beaded lace, thread, buttons




Spring, Summer, Fall
Garment Type
Romantic, Preppy
Lace/Sequins, Silk


McCall's 6649
One Pattern, Many Looks with Sarah Holden
Art Deco Lace
Silk Double Georgette


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