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Perfect Practice makes perfect blouse

Added May 11, 2015

by MojoHollz

My Home, Oklahom...






This is actually my muslin for the dress I am going to make for a friends wedding reception. I am making BurdaStyle V-neck cocktail dress with starburst. Thank God I decided to make a muslin, this is actually my second muslin. This dress (well blouse section of a dress pattern to be more precise) did not sit well on my shoulders at all! It was falling off. Also when I placed the should straps where they were supposed to be the neck gaped something awful! So I cut my pattern at a diagonal from halfway up the neckline to about halfway up the side seam and overlapped the edges at the neckline the same amount that I had pinned on my muslin. This not only fixed the gaping neckline but also brought the shoulders up to where they are supposed to be. I also had the same problem on the neckline in the back and made the same adjustment to the pattern.

Originally this was just going to be a muslin but it started turning out so wonderfully I had to keep going. So I found an appropriate zipper in my stash and I used bias tape on the neck and arm holes instead of a lining. I didn’t realize until it was too late that I had sewn the wrong edges on the bottom in the back. I switched the right with the left so my darts did not match up, a little bummed by this but by no means is it a deal breaker. I think the print of the fabric breaks up the seam lines just enough so that is not too visible. I also inserted the zipper so that it zips down instead of up, I think blouses are easier to get on that way.

Fun fact, this used to be a skirt! A skirt that was about 5 sizes too big for me but I loved the print and it only cost me $0.50 oh yeah! For less than a dollar, how could I say no? The zipper alone was worth more than that! :P

I am so happy with how this muslin turned into a real blouse, I can not wait to make my dress!

So keep your eyes open for the reveal of my wedding reception dress!

Material Notes

I would highly recommend this pattern, it is really lovely and flattering. (There is also a longer version gown that includes a train, can you say GLAM-OR-OUS!) I would also recommend making a muslin because of the pleats some adjustments will be impossible to make “on the fly.” Your fabric choice should be something not to heavy, even though this is a light weight cotton I had to cut out some fullness on the pleats of the blouse. At the waist line you are ironing 7 layers of fabric so be prepared! Also if you are not one to show off the “girls” I would raise the neckline. On this I raised the neckline about 1 1/2 inches, I will likely make it 2 on my final dress. I actually lowered the neckline in the back by almost 2 inches, I wanted it to be as low as possible while still wearing a normal comfy bra. Speaking of bras I will also be adding the little straps that hold my bra straps in place, just for an extra measure of security.

1 invisible zipper, and about 2 1/2 bias tape. Hard to tell how much fabric I used since it was an up cycled skirt but I would say you could make this blouse from 1 yard of 54" wide fabric. The cocktail dress actually calls for 1 5/8




Spring, Summer
Garment Type
Beach, Casual, Romantic

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    May 16, 2015, 06.31 AMby sewing fanatic

    interesting detail and sewing!

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      May 16, 2015, 03.23 PMby MojoHollz

      Thank you! I love this pattern and I am so excited with how my actual dress it turning out :)

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    May 11, 2015, 05.15 PMby liliv-1

    These pleats are very beautiful! I can’t wait to see your dress version of this amazing pattern!

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      May 12, 2015, 03.23 AMby MojoHollz

      Thank you so much! The pleats are my favorite! They take a simple shape and turn it into something really interesting :)

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    May 11, 2015, 04.26 PMby Ellen Hatteland

    Perfect fit and I love it!!

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      May 12, 2015, 03.22 AMby MojoHollz

      Thank you! I am pretty proud of how the fit turned out, I love learning new tricks and tailoring techniques, even when by accident :)

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