I did indoor shots because it was rainy in Northern California
Pattern Description: Simplicity 2601 View E, a fitted blouse with midriff and peplum
Pattern Sizing: 6-22, I cut size 8 and eventually graded down to fit my measurements. I learned that commercial pattern is quite liberal when it comes to ease. size 8 is for 31.5 bust with finished measurement of 35. Plus, being a petite girl means I need to do a lot of adjustments (more on that later).
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? The instruction is surprisingly very clear
– sew bodice back and front
– sews midriff and peplum
– sews collar
– sew cap sleeves
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
Likes: it is so cute
Dislikes: nothing I dislike
Fabric Used: Baby blue seersucker from Michael Levine in LA. I recycled this fabric from the Gathered Tunic that I sewn a while back. The red button is $1 for 8 from Fabrics R US
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
– grade down bodice back and front by 2″ in bust to fit my bust measurement. I used Nancy Zieman’s Pivot method from Pattern Fitting with Confidence
– raise bustline, otherwise my boobs look sagging. Being petite means my shoulder to lower bust is shorter than the average. I used the “slash and spread” method
– grade down collar
– grade down sleeves by a lot, I basically trimmed down the distance between the cap and the lower edge from 4″ to 2″. I also added facing to sleeves.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? Nope, but I highly recommend it because it is so cute
Bottom-line: I am loving it 🙂
I am still very in love with french seam and bias tape to conceal raw edges. I am proud to report that this baby will be machine-washed as I don’t have to worry about frayed edges
Shoulder was finished with french seam and the armhole was finished with homemade bias tape (trying to save money)
Who needs a serger when you can use french seam?