Hello, readers! How are you enjoying Shirtmaking Month? I went ahead and sewed myself a new blouse, both to coincide with this theme month and to add to the separates in my wardrobe.
Pattern Name: Simplicity 8243
Size Range: 16-24
What size did you make? graded up to 26/28
What are your…..
Body Shape: Pear-ish/Spoon
Bra size: 44D
What adjustments did you make and how long did they take?
Aside from re-sizing the pattern, my only other fitting adjustment was to enlarge the sleeve width, which is a pretty quick process for me as I do it with all of my woven patterns that have sleeves. I also added sleeve cuffs, which is a detail shown on the vintage pattern drawings, but isn’t included with the re-issue. That was pretty quick as well, as I had just sewn a dress with similar sleeves.
What was the construction process like? Did the instructions make sense to you?
The construction process was a breeze thanks to the easy to follow instructions. The collar is a bit different from any that I’ve sewn before with a facing that acts as an upper collar. Thankfully the diagrams and wording helps you comprehend it and have good results.
How did you like the pattern’s fit? Do you think that the design works well for your body shape?
I think this blouse fits me pretty well out of the envelope. It’s a little more slim-fitting than I thought it would be. This is sewn with a stretch cotton shirting, so the fabric definitely makes the blouse more comfortable. I like that it can be worn either tucked or un-tucked, although my preference would be to tuck it in.
Will you make this pattern again? If so, what fit or design changes will you make?
Yes, I plan to make this blouse again. I would probably leave the pockets off next time. I would also add a little bit more ease to my sleeves. At first, I thought that the blouse should be a little longer, but it seems to work in the length that it’s in. I could probably use a bit of a swayback adjustment, but as I plan to wear this tucked in, that doesn’t really bother me. I may just add a little bit more room to the hip area with my next version. I’d also move the buttons closer to the edge instead of where the pattern suggests them to be.
Do you have any advice on this pattern for other curvy sewers? Are there any resources or materials that helped you sew this piece up?
I would suggest to wait until later in the construction process to add the breast pockets, so you can make sure you like them, or just baste them in place. The sleeves also seem quite small, so make sure you check the fit if you might need a full bicep adjustment like me. If you want your blouse to look more like the pattern photo, you’ll need to add shoulder pads.
Pattern Rating (1-5):
Size range: 4
Construction process: 5
Final fit: 4.5
Overall rating: 4.62
Overall, this is a great pattern and it works well for my fall/winter vintage inspired capsule wardrobe. I only have a few blouses and none of them are solid colored, so this one really fits a hole in my closet. I plan on making the trousers that came in the pattern as well, which I imagine will be a new adventure!