May 27, 2014 by Janna Roznos
It has been over three months since I have blogged – I’ve just been busy.
I’ve been reading.
I’ve been sewing.
I’ve been writing.
Although what I haven’t been doing is blogging.
I have completed quite a few garments these last few months and one of my favorites is this blouse Vogue Today’s Fit 1385.
When this pattern was released I thought – meh! But, the more I looked at it the more I thought maybe I should try it.
I sewed this up twice. The first one in this blue shirt fabric that I purchased from Michael Levine’s Loft in LA.
When I sewed up the muslin, the underarm was too tight for me.
So I added the gusset in the underarm seam.
I cut the gusset on the bias so I have has a bit of stretch and the gusset gives me a squish more room in the raglan sleeve.
I searched through my button stash for buttons and I followed the button guide on the pattern for the button placement – big mistake. The blouse gaps right at my bust line, just like ever RTW blouse I have ever owned; however, even with this ‘snafu’ I still like the blouse and do wear it quite often.
As I said, I sewed up two of these. For my second blouse I used this rayon fabric that I bought several years ago at the Vintage Fair in Santa Monica.
I sewed the blouse almost exactly like the first one, but I did do a few changes for this one.
I left out the gussets and the body darts so this blouse is not as fitted – more tunic style.
I also auditioned several different buttons (all from my stash).
Button placement of this blouse didn’t go so well either. I really needed one more button, but since I was ‘shopping’ from my stash I had to use what I had on hand. I should have sewn the button holes higher than I did, so now the blouse sort of gaps open in the front. I may go back and sew a tiny snap in there to keep it closed. Because I do really mind the gap!
If you are thinking about sewing this blouse here are a few tips, I can suggest.
Mark the beginning and the middle and the end of each pleat very, very carefully.
I sewed tailor tacks, which do take time and are a @#$&* to remove, especially if you sew over them; however, tailor tacks are worth the trouble for marking theses pleats.
This pattern is sized differently then the other Vogue patterns so double check the sizing – at least I need to do that.
Other than that, it is a nice blouse and really worth the effort.