Whew! This one took awhile!
I definitely struggled on the collar and armholes/sleeves but I feel like I learned a lot in the making of this blouse. And considering the fact it’s my first ever blouse and third ever garment I think I did pretty well.
My personal construction struggles aside there are still some things I plan on reworking the next time I make this. The gathering in the bust area is to low on me. I fairly flat chested so I have this problem with store bought clothes as well. I’m going to take an inch off the top pieces to pull everything up at which point the gathers will fall under my bust as they are supposed to. I’m debating taking it in a 1/2 inch. I used the size based on my measurements with no alterations and it fits well but I like clothes to be very fitted so I’m torn…Finally I need to figure out something with these buttons. I chose rounded “pearl” buttons but as I wear this the tabs keep sliding off the buttons causing the blouse to come open! That is not going to work. Shortening the tabs would help but I have the same problem with a store bought blouse that uses tabs and buttons so I think I may use buttons and button holes the next time around so it will close securely.
I wouldn’t wear this to work, although most people wouldn’t notice my at times wobbly construction I would feel very self conscious so this will be worn around the house and for weekend errands.
Overall I think this a great pattern that gives you a couple of option to create a more professional or more fun appearance. It’s doable by a beginner but I don’t think it’s the best pattern to start out on. To complete this blouse you will need to understand how to attach piping, bias tape, and collars (depending on the variation you choose).
Last night I also finished these little dresses.
How sweet is this button?
Now I want a dress of my own from these fabrics 🙂