*This is the classic paper pattern version;
if you need the print-at-home version in
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Everyday is your birthday with this gorgeous
blouse, designed for light or medium-weight
drape-y blouse fabrics like wool or rayon
challis or crepe, crepe-de-chine, charmeuse,
georgette, panne velvet or crinkled gauze,
but also fab in light weight fluid knits, like
ITY, silk(y) jersey, rayon, viscose, or linen.
Pull-on blouse has a semi-relaxed fit, with
a thigh-length shirt-tail hem. Long sleeves
have deep cuffs, with a loop and rouleaux
button. Blouse front & back gathers onto a
self faced yoke; ‘V’ neckline is stitched into
place to create a deep center front pleat.
Small raglan shoulder pads are optional.
So many ways to wear this beautiful piece;
your blouse will look chic in all your favorite
solid colors, pretty in prints and gorgeous in
textured fabrics. Add a small applique or
brooch to the base of the cross-over for an
individual look. Wear your blouse fully or
semi-tucked into a tailored skirt or pants,
or wear it loose with your favorite pants or
jeans; this one works under your jackets too.
Sizes 6-8-10-12-14-16 will need around 2 ½ yards
or 228 cm fabric. Sizes 18-20-22-24-26 will need
around 3 yards or 275 cm fabric.
You will also need 2 x ball or similar buttons;
we suggest using an elastic hair tie (really!)
for your rouleaux loops, or you can make loops
from your fabric off-cuts.
Add 1/4 yard or 23 cm fusible interfacing...
we recommend a very lightweight one.
All fabric allowances are for 60” or 150cm wide fabrics.
I used the PDF version of this pattern. The bodice is lovely but the V-neck is much higher than shown in the illustrations - absolutely no chance of any cleavage being shown, which is fine by me. The dropped shoulders are strange...I have very narrow shoulders and they only dropped by about 1 inch which instead of looking 'dropped', just looks like its too big across the shoulders. The sleeves are described as trim, which indeed they are! Also, check the length of the sleeves carefully as I usually have to shorten sleeves by a couple of inches, and this alteration wasn't required. The cuffs are described as deep, but are actually just normal depth. The rouleaux loop is lovely, and made with elastic as recommeded, very comfortable. When I make it again, I'll put the loop as part of the cuff, so that the button is also on the cuff - I don't like it on the placket. I lengthened the blouse by 3 inches to make it into a tunic.
I'll definitely make the blouse again but will use the shoulders and upper arms from another pattern to get the effect that I prefer.
As mentioned on the other review, the instructions could have been better.
I made a muslin of this pattern out of a leopard print polyester that I picked up at a thrift shop and was pleased enough to make it a keeper. Although I now remember how much I hate sewing on polyester! Only reason I didn't give it 5 stars is directions could have been more complete as some steps are not illustrated. I enjoy the fashion cred of Hot Patterns and appreciate the fact that they fit my body without a whole lot of tweaking yet do not descend into the dreaded "menopausal look".