I'm finished!! New Look blouse/shirt pattern 6704. I am so pleased with the results!!
I wanted to try something different. I've made a few dress patterns at this stage, and I wanted to test my skill by making something other than a dress. This pattern involved buttons and a collar and fitting sleeves, so I decided to try it out. I am so glad I did!
Although I chose a pattern that would allow me to try new things like adding buttons and buttonholes, I chickened out at the last minute and used snap fasteners instead. I tried out some buttonholes on some scrap fabric, and they just were terrible, so instead of ruining the finished thing, I went for the safe option! But they went in so well, and evenly! There's no gaping and I am so pleased that they went in!
The material I used was a lovely printed cotton. It's heavy enough, not too heavy, but not flimsy. It's a rich green colour, with little lime green circles with lighten it up nicely. The collar went so smoothly, and everything just went together like it should have! The pattern instructions were clear and I think this is the first thing I've made that didn;t give me any hassle while sewing it up.
I like a lot about this blouse, but my very favourite thing has to be all of the top-stitching!! I want to use it on everything from now on! It gives it a really fine, professional finish to the whole thing, I was so impressed at the difference it makes to the finish. I definitely want to try this again. I was expecting so much to go wrong with this project, but I honestly have to say that nothing did!
With the dresses and other things I've sewn before, which admittedly isn't much as I'm still very much a novice, I've been a little nervous to wear anything out in public. But I would easily wear this out as an everyday top, and be quite proud to do so! There are no darts, I didn't have to adjust anything, it just fit. With a little room, but not too much. With the nice weather coming in, I'm going to get plenty of use out of this top! :)
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