Res Completa and here it is, my JJ sans ruffles
Pattern Description: JJ, a puff sleeve fitted blouse from BurdaStyle
Pattern Sizing: 34-46, I cut size 36 and eventually graded down to fit my measurements. I cut size 36 is because it listed size 36 was for 32″ bust in one of the instruction pages. It was completely wrong.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes
Were the instructions easy to follow? Not really, this pattern is supposedly easy but the instruction is not well-written. it uses “baste” this and that a lot but i think it really means “stitch”. I had a hard time understanding the instruction and ended up doing my own thing.
– sews buttonhole and button band facings
– sews princess seams on front and back
– sews shoulders
– constructs the puff sleeves
– Installs set-in sleeves, I used Amanda’s tutorial. Set-in sleeves, you suck, I am not scared of you anymore
– sews hem
– makes buttonholes
– makes fabric-covered buttons (this was fun)
– installs buttons
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
Likes: love the fits and versatility
Dislikes: it is not well-written and for some reasons my collar came out wonky. I could not get the collar to stand up beautifully
Fabric Used: $1/yard lightweight polka dot cotton from LA fashion district
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: A ton of grading since the instruction misled me into cutting a wrong size (there is no way size 36 is for 32″ bust). I tried the blouse as I went and adjusted the pattern along the way. I also omitted the ruffles because I was lazy
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? Nope, but I will probably use components of the pattern for some other projects. I would recommend it to others since the final result looks so cute
How about a closer look?
Stay tuned for the Diminishing Rib Cardi photos tomorrow