Sewing with a cold is an interesting adventure although much better than lying around feeling miserable and sorry for yourself. It preferable - LOL - to do it standing up or sitting at the machine. I'm less miserable. Slowly productive. It's an improvement. Right now, I have no voice. Some people think that's a good thing - VBG.
Overall, I'm quite happy with the way this Butterick 5678 blouse turned out. If you're like me, there are always some things you'd do differently next time. I think that's just normal BUT... there are also some things that worked out wonderfully. I narrowed the shoulders 3/4" and it's much more flattering. If I'd been feeling better, I'd have put the plaid on the diagonal for a softer look only I didn't have the energy to deal with matching plaids across the center front along a stretchy bias line. This worked. My son says it's cool and I can go out in public but it looks cowboy. Cowboy ? ? ?
Here's the back. It was only when I uploaded this picture that I thought perhaps I should have ruched that back plaid piece. A possibility for another time.
If you could have a fairy sewmother resolve one of your fitting issues, which would you choose? For me, it's the back of the armhole. The look is improved with the narrow back adjustment but it's not quite exactly what I want yet and there is still too much fabric sitting at the back of the armhole. I had a new idea for resolving the problem last night that I'll try next time.
The grey button band and collar calm the piece down significantly. I don't think it would have worked as well otherwise. Why do I sew a collar with a collar stand when I never button a shirt up? Interesting thought. What do you do?
Here's how I get the collar band neat and even side to side. I use a pencil or piece of chalk to mark the 5/8" line on the fused collar stand and then follow the line around the corner when I'm stitching the two sections together. You can also use a template.
A lot of people think that I'm transferring my pressing techniques from quilting to fashion sewing. Not so. Proper pressing was something I picked up in high school when I was learning to sew and I'm naturally inclined to efficiency and organization so right away I began to press seam allowances in opposite directions to eliminate bulk and make matching the seams easier. My book Press For Success was written to transfer that technique from fashion sewing to quilting. Butting seams is like magic.
The pink in the floral is a blue based fuchsia that would be nearly impossible to match in a purchased button so I covered these with the fabric. The pink is shaded in the flowers so the buttons are somewhat shaded as well and it works and I like it.
The selvage of the grey fabric was gorgeous. I really wanted to use it somewhere in the blouse so first I tried it along the button band but thought it looked too frilly and then...
... I stitched it around the hemline and it looked like a halo on my hips so I...
... cut it off (because it was serged and top stitched and cutting was easier) and fused a strip of FusiKnit around the hem and then serged and turned up the hem. Since I rarely wear blouses, I am...
... finding the excess ease around the hips a little disconcerting. It looks flippy and ready for take-off. WHAT is a normal blouse look? Is this normal? Something to get over?
I asked lots of questions today. I hope you'll answer them and keep me company. As soon as I'm feeling better, I'll write about Over-Dressed. It's such a good book. I highly recommend it and want to talk about how it impacted me. I just need my brain to reconnect with the rest of my body first. Hopefully over the weekend. For now, this is a great blouse pattern. One worth sewing.
Talk soon - Myrna
Grateful - improving health