there’s not much to say about this pattern except that it is completely simple and COMPLETELY AWESOME. it has jut enough detail to give it design interest but is so simple to make i am considering reserving it for almost all of my fancy silk charmeuse stash. most of my high-end silks are designers i splurged on at mood – pucci, valentino, versace, a little armani – and the fabric is what is interesting. a complicated garment will not only compete with the the fabric design but also make the garment more difficult to cut and construct (with pattern placement and/or matching), and therefore more intimidating, and therefore that much more likely to linger forever unmade in your stash. so this is a great go-to to have on hand for a great piece of fabric that wants to get out of your stash and on to your body.
only of course it is out of print now.
misses top with sleeve variations and neck variations. neckline gathering instead of bust darts.
size 12, fitted using a moulage
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
i thought the simple lines of the pattern would be perfect for showcasing a crazy print, in this case rows of butterfly wings. i loved the gathered neckline instead of bust or waist darts that would interrupt a print. i thought the sleeve length was spot-on.
armani silk charmeuse from mood fabrics, NYC.
silk charmeuse double-fold bias tape from mood fabrics, NYC.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
using my moulage, i redrafted part of the pattern to make it fit more closely to my body. i was concerned about the amount of wearing ease as drafted.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
yes, 100%. this is a go-to, TNT, keep it in your stash pattern for when you want a cute little blouse with just enough design interest and you have a great print to play with. i am not sure if i would try it in a solid color, as that might be more plain than i would prefer.
very, very happy. when i actually focused, the blouse took less than 3 hours to construct from cutting to finishing, even with french seams and a couture neck binding.