I’ve been sewing with so much gingham this summer! This particular checked cotton, which I bought on sale in the LA fashion district for 99 cents a yard a few years ago is especially light and perfect for the hot days of late summer and early fall. The 1980s-era pattern I used to sew this blouse was a surprise: the sleeves are very puffed! And the fit is quite good without any adjustments—you know how wonderful that feels for a seamstress! I’m wearing it with one of my 1970s-era Simplicity 7880 skirts, made of $2 a yard black poly-cotton broadcloth. For more information about the pattern and the construction (and more photos), please visit the blog that I share with my husband: Mr and Mrs Rat.