According to my records, the last time I sewed a blouse was in July 2011. I don't remember sewing it or wearing it and it's no longer in my closet. Blouses are - obviously - not a staple in my wardrobe even though I have at least two dozen blouse patterns. One wonders if that's indicative of yearning or denial!
Since my return to fashion sewing, I've been highly focused on fit. In one way, I'm glad because that journey has paid off with a set of adjustments that appears to be working well and consistently. In another way, it hasn't been good because my sewing has been mostly all work and no play and after a while that wears you out. Making the Vogue 8721 shrug last week reminded me of the simple joy of stitching and pressing without expectations and that there are many beautiful - non knit - fabrics in the world, some even in my stash. And suddenly, I wanted to sew a blouse. I chose Butterick 5678 for the cup sizing and the princess seams. I'm using...
... a very thin cotton with abstract dots. It's a less formal and more flowing fabric which I hope will translate to a wearable muslin. At this point, the shoulders seem a bit wide, even the shorter length is quite long (nowhere on the pattern does it note the finished length) and when I pinned the side seams, the hips were too snug but all those are all manageable and easily adjusted. So far, the pattern is drafted beautifully. The sleeve had the perfect amount of ease and fit smoothly into the armhole and the collar and collar stand went on easily. LOVE that! Love that I'm enjoying the process of putting it together. More tomorrow.
Talk soon - Myrna
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