Doesn’t it always feel like you never have anything to wear (while you stand in front of a closet of clothes)? One big hole in my wardrobe is dressy-casual. I’m on a mission to make some versatile blouses that I can dress up or down. You would think I would make something other than a blouse since that seems to be all I sew. I’m a little bit chicken to try a nice dress which is my next goal. And, I wear jeans almost every day – making some blouses is practical (I tell myself).
(It was windy when I took the pictures!)
I was initially attracted to Simplicity 1693 for the version I made but I think the tank could be a nice option too. I debated taking the elastic out since I’m so high waisted (it rides up to sit on my natural waist) but I figure I can make another blouse in a different style if this bugs me.
I made the blouse exactly according to the directions and it went together fine. I added four inches but but ended up chopping off two of those. This blouse is pretty short – I’m 5’6” and short waisted and still needed an extra couple inches of length.
I’m still figuring out when in the construction process to serge the seams. I forgot to do it on the back seam so had to pink those. One question on sleeves – how do you finish those seams? I used the serger but it was messy and could have easily turned into disaster with such an awkwardly shaped seam. Should I have serged the pieces before putting it together? I had to gather at the cap so I wasn’t sure.
I had some new experiences with this project. It was my first time working with rayon challis. I really liked it but it will run if you’re not careful (I have one right in the front) and it frays like crazy. I wasn’t crazy about the print when it arrived in the mail- that’s why I used it for my first try. It has grown on me since then.
It was my first time adding elastic to a sleeve. The pattern calls for making a casing with bias binding. I won’t do that again. It took a lot of time when it could have been done quickly by making a casing out of the sleeve itself.
I made my first thread loop. I used this tutorial from Pattern Scissors Cloth. I should have made it smaller but I think this is one of those skills that gets better with practice. Mine’s really messy (so is the binding at the ends too). While the keyhole is a pretty detail, next time I make the blouse, I probably will save some time and just sew the entire back seam top to bottom. Or maybe cut the pattern piece on the fold?
The casing for the elastic waist was very easy using premade bias binding.
Overall I like the top. I’m not sure I would make it again since it might not be super flattering. I would recommend the pattern, though.
Have a great week!