A while ago I wrote about the blouses I wanted to make using one basic pattern. This is the 4th blouse I made out of it. Because I don’t have any skirts to match the blouse I decided to sew a skirt as well.
I changed quite a lot about the basic blouse pattern. I added puffed sleeves. At first I wanted to use the sleeves of the Boudoir Dress but of course I decided to do something else. Well I still used the pattern of the sleeves but altered it. The sleeve has originally a yoke. Around the yoke and at the top of the sleeve you gather the fabric to create volume. I liked this amount of volume but this time I wanted to make pleats, lots of pleats! The top of the sleeve has 4 pleats, the bottom has 6 pleats.
I drafted a peter pan collar. This was actually the first time. But with some help of Hillary Campbell’s book (which I bought much cheaper) I managed to draft a peter pan collar.
The other blouses have a seperate piece of fabric for the buttons and buttonholes. This time I didn’t want to add a seperate piece. I changed the pattern by adding ca. 3 inches to the center front.
I also used the skirt pattern of the Boudoir Dress. I made the skirt a bit longer and added a waist band. The skirt has an invisible hem. I folded the end of the seams and stitched it, instead of serging the seams. I really dont’t like serged seams.
I didn’t have much trouble with sewing the blouse. After making a few other blouses it gets easier to make them. The only problem was my nosy cat!