Despite my busy schedule, I’ve been sewing quite a lot. It’s been a great way to relax after a crazy day. I’ve been posting most of my finished items on Instagram, but I finally got around to taking proper blog pictures this weekend! (Which, by the way, is my least favorite part of blogging)
First up is Simplicity 1779. I made the pussy-bow blouse with the elbow length sleeves.
It was a straightforward garment to sew and the instructions were easy to follow. The only change I made was to raise the neckline 2 inches after reading several reviews that it was on the very low side.
If I make it again, which I plan to do, I will increase the width of the bow portion. It’s quite narrow, and I’ve been folding it over the neckline edge like a collar because I prefer the way it looks; if you look closely at the pattern envelope they have the bow going upwards from the neckline towards the face, without folding over.
To note, the front and back pieces weren’t the same length…I found the front was about 1/2″ shorter than the back after sewing the bust dart. Someone mentioned this on Pattern Review and I second her observation!
I typically love elbow length sleeves – great for staying out of the way in the lab. But these ones fit oddly. The cuffs are a bit too small so they don’t comfortably sit below my elbow, but if I pull them above my elbow they look super puffy. Next time, I’ll either add length or widen the cuff.
I used another J.Crew silk/cotton voile, purchased from FabricMart sometime last year. This is my third garment with a J.Crew voile print and I really love this fabric. It’s easy to sew, easy to wear, and easy to wash!
Despite my complaints above, I really like this pattern and intend to make it again. I say that about a lot of patterns…but I really mean it with this one! There are so many sleeve and neckline variations that I don’t think it will become repetitive.