So when I saw Sunni’s outfit here, I completely fell in love with that silk print fabric. I needed it, so I bought 2 yards from Mood. And…it sat in my stash for months. I had an idea in mind, but no amount of searching in pattern books and independent designers yielded what I wanted. This pattern (Simplicity 1692, view A) came the closest, but with some issues (the primary problem being those waist darts!).
I used the bodice and sleeves of the pattern (size 10) and made all kinds of changes: for the neckline, there are some soft pleats instead of gathers, then for the sleeves, I reduced the fullness of the sleeve so there were unnoticeable gathers at the cap, shortened them to 3/4 length and added a tiny band. I eliminated the waist darts entirely, and then took in the sides to make it more shapely while keeping it loose enough to avoid a closure. Then, when I realized I had “petite-adjusted” the top too much, I added a 2 1/2″ band at the waist. Which I ended up completely loving. Is it just me making the best of the situation, or does it make the blouse a touch more modern?
Things I love about this blouse: the back has shoulder darts. I feel like shoulder darts acknowledge that our backs are also curved, and they create such a lovely fitted shape. They’re lacking in many modern patterns.
Another only-in-handmade-garments feature I love: self bias along the keyhole facing.
And this self-fabric button THAT CAME FROM MY STASH? Somewhere along the way, I purchased a garment that came with extra buttons and those buttons were covered with cream colored crepe de chine, as if I knew I’d be making a silk blouse in the future.
Speaking of which, could I love crepe de chine any more? No. The answer is no. It’s my favorite of the silks.
This blouse reminds me why I sew. Got fabric and an idea? Add some sewing skills, and bam, you get a blouse. I bought some navy stretch twill to make some cigarette pants to complete the vision.
Resewlution 2015: March garment #2