I’m going to put this in the ‘Just Testing’ category. I don’t know why I thought this 100% cotton fabric would work up just beautifully for this pattern. It’s not so bad but there is too much drape for this thick of a fabric.
I made up a size 20 with no alterations, but did make a few alterations once I tried this on. For one, it is too tight around the bust and I’m getting some serious pull across the upper back. Not a great flattering look.
I think a much more fluid fabric such as a silk knit or a poly knit that is much much thinner would have worked. The amount of gathering with this thick cotton in the front gives too much fullness across the belly. Already have enough fullness there! If you know what I mean, and I don’t necessarily want to add to it. Here’s the Front view: The alterations I did after the fact was to raise the center front V. I just sewed the center together about 3 inches, if I left it open it would have been too much cleavage and my bra would have been showing. The other alteration I did was add an inch to the front gathering tab that wraps through the holes made by the bust dart. I also cut it on the bias which did give it a little stretch. Still not enough for me to feel 100% comfortable, I think I would need to add a little bit more ease along the side seams and maybe a bit of a flare towards the hip. I also shortened the sleeves to a 3/4 length. The photo does not show them hemmed yet but they will hit about mid lower-arm.
Oh well. I was hoping this would have come out on the first round, don’t we all?! So next time, I’ll make some tweaks and switch to a thinner, stretchier knit and I’m sure this blouse will live up to it’s ‘Pattern of the Year’ reputation.
If you have made this blouse, I’d love to hear how yours came out!