I love this blouse already. It’s paper thin and comfortable and graceful. I was careful with my sewing and my finishing, spent some time picking out a seam that was unsightly, and I have a blouse to be proud of.
I love the lines – although I would emphasize that I’d never make this out of anything other than something thin and floaty. No crisp fabrics need apply.
(This pattern has a peplum, which you can’t see in these pix. Primarily I think that brings, “easy to tuck” to the party – but I have a long torso, so we don’t need more visual lengthening).
I did not like the instructions. The resto-vival historically accurate instructions were pretty unhelpful, and the lack of pictures was unfortunate. Fortunately I know how to sew a blouse, so I just sewed the blouse. 🙂
Materials: Linen/Cotton blend from Joanne’s, buttons, beading lace, ribbon.
Difficulty of sewing? Not especially difficult, if you know basic buttoned shirt assembly and pay attention to the pattern markings. I chose to use a fair bit of hand-sewing for the finishing, so that lengthened the amount of sewing time.
Changes: I eliminated the waist stay, and I raised the neckline by 1.5″ (I felt that the original neckline, while wonderful for a corset cover/lingerie piece, simply wouldn’t do for a blouse. I might put it back down for a nightgown though, it would be wonderfully romantic).
Will I make another one? I’m not sure yet – if I find the right fabric, absolutely. And I will be auditioning this later this evening to see if it looks well without foundation garments… if so, I’ll make a nightgown up – I have some voile just begging for use, and my nightgowns are pretty threadbare.
I like this, very much. Is it my long-sought-after basic blouse? No. Onward we press!