Pattern Description: Button front blouse with cap sleeves in crop and tunic lengths. I made the crop blouse.
Pattern Sizing: 10-22
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?
Pretty easy. This was my first top with a collar, and I was a little confused about how to do it. I followed the instructions, but I needed input from my books.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
LIKE: I decided to make this top after reading Alana’s Review. Like her, I wanted a fitted nursing top. The conventional nursing tops are too sack like.
The fit is very nice. It’s not a close fit, but enough to give your figure a little definition.
Rayon/Acetate blend from Joann’s clearance section. It’s a very loose weave, rather unstable, with beautiful drape, and it’s very soft.
Pattern Alterations or any design changes you made:
I increased the dart size. I lengthened the shirt by 1″. I edgestitched the collar and lapels. I think that makes for a nicer finish.
Next time, I’ll have to use a smaller size in the shoulders, but other than that, the fit is perfect for me.
Those of you who are still perky might want to note that I did not have to lower the bust dart, and I usually do lower them 1 to 2 inches.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
YES, YES, YES!!! YES! And not just for breastfeeding moms, either. It’s a very flattering top.
This is a good, all around top.
UPDATE:I made a second blouse out of batik cotton shirting for the stash contest. I made the top a size smaller in the shoulders than the first one. I was going to make it even smaller, but looking at the picture, I’ve decided not to. In Deepika’s blouse, out of cotton, she thought the sleeves stuck out from her shoulders. They don’t on mine, and I like the look of the current blouse even tho the shoulders seem a little big.
I lowered the dart. I must of worn a more structurally sound bra when I made the first one because I definitely needed to lower the dart.
I increased the side seam at the bottom by 1/4 inch at every seam. I think I might increase it another 1/4 inch. It humps up in back.