Well, I thought I would head east to Europe on my armchair travel journey, but instead I went west to the great southwest desert.
I found this lovely blouse pattern (1985) on some random search, and I fell in love. Ordered it on Etsy.
The attraction – the deep revere collar and elegant lines. Getting the pattern was just the beginning. Surprises:
- It has directions for shoulder pads…
- And for multiple bust treatments, on the pattern tissue. Not as a suggestion or re-direct to a bust adjustment tutorial. No dart, my choice, and C and D cup darts. What patterns do that now!
Moving on, it seems I’m taking STOF France fabrics on my journey. This is a woven cotton from Fabric.com, Impressions de Nature Aloe Lorraine. 🙂
- I sewed the size 12.
- Although the pattern has lots of drape at the armscye for a shoulder pad, I won’t use one, so I brought in the outside shoulder seam in by 5/8″.
- The sleeves are short. I added 1″.
- And the cuffs/pleats are very tight, a throwback to the ’80s. I added a 1.25″ button tab and simply gathered my sleeve into the cuff.
- The pleated pocket and epaulets are interesting options, but I left off the epaulets and flattened the pocket, adding 1.5″ at the top for a nice fold.
- Not being fond of fusible interfacing, I used Pellon SF785 woven sewn-in for my facings.
- The collar treatment – I really dislike and abominate a collar that is clipped and turned in at the shoulders. Really really. I always draft a back neckline facing for a nice finish.
I have lots of plans for this pattern – this is the most comfortable, best-fitting blouse I’ve ever sewn. 🙂