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?
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!