I’m learning the benefits of sewing tried-and-true patterns, and Butterick 4625, dating from the 1980s is quickly becoming one of my favorites. I love the fit of the blouse, the shape of the sleeves, and the collar options. The top version is made of brown cotton I found at the thrift store; I added little sleeve-heads out of scraps of the same fabric to help the puffed sleeves keep their shape. The second blouse is made of striped stretch cotton-blend shirting, also found at the thrift store. I moved the buttons up slightly on the front band, and didn’t add any collar, but otherwise constructed it much the same as the first. In both photos, I’m wearing my home-made blouses with home-made skirts, made from 1970s era Simplicity 7880. For more details on sewing construction, and more photos of both blouses, please visit mrandmrsrat.weebly.com.