I needed a blouse. Just a simple blouse.
The search was on!
…and then off. I am not much of a shopper.
Blouses without shoulders…., See-through blouses…, Blouses with elastic waists……, and even blouses with wings!
I just wanted a simple blouse!
About 15 minutes later, I realized I had wandered into a fabric store – with a coupon in my hand!
A printed polyester fabric caught my eye (this and about a dozen other fabrics – but thankfully, at times I can count on some small measure of self-control!)
The fabric had good colors. Neutral background. Some black – to coordinate with the many black suit jackets. Some purple (to coordinate with just the coolest purple earrings). Machine washable.
The design was a horizontal stripe, but turned 90 degrees would become vertical.
Inexplicably, and against all the laws of physics, the bolt jumped off the wall and landed – unaided – in my cart.
Off to gaze longingly at pattern books. Many patterns were considered. None were purchased. I felt The Pattern Stash could provide.
It did. This now-discontinued Vogue pattern: 8392 – (without the Copa-Cabana sleeves!)
I had sewn it previously from a sheer lightweight silk – and apparently after it completed its useful life, I decided to save the blouse as a muslin – which was folded nicely inside the pattern envelope!
Cutting out the blouse was a bit tricky as I only had the front and back pattern pieces. The sleeve of the silk blouse/muslin had to serve as the sleeve pattern piece.
I also cut neckline facings – good old fashion facings. Not a bias binding. A real 2+ inch wide facing – complete with interfacing and requiring understitching! Anyone remember those?
After sewing the blouse, I pulled it over my head and discovered it was HUGE! So much for the saved silk blouse serving its purpose as a muslin!
A bit of resizing.
The finished blouse!
I love the wide neckline and the pleats! Bending over can be accomplished with no gapping!!!