I am back today with a new blouse that I made using McCalls 7811. This blouse is actually the third time I have made this pattern. You can read all the details on the initial pattern modifications that I made here. The first two versions were made from a lightweight denim and a brushed cotton flannel. This version is made in a drapey polyester crepe that I purchased from Material Girl Laura (sorry, looks like its now sold out). I love the lightweight feel and the abstract print. Bonus very feint lurex stripe running through it. Very designer! First, let’s have a look at all three versions. I think these photos demonstrate what a very versatile pattern this is.
For this version I:
- Narrowed the ruffle. The original ruffle measures approximately 16 cm in width. I made mine about 10 cm in width.
- I added a ruffle at the top the neckband.
- I used the sleeve from view C, but lengthened by 6 inches and added a bias cuff at the bottom.
The fit in the back across the shoulders/ base of the neck is not quite right. I didn’t really notice it in the first two versions, and it’s not apparent from the photos, but it is just not sitting quite right there. Seems to be horizontal pull lines. I need to investigate more for next time as to what kind of adjustment I might need to make. Or maybe I am just becoming hyper critical 🙂 Seriously though, I am wondering if that is why the collar wants to open up a bit…though in this version is could also be the weight of the ruffle?
Overall, in case you couldn’t tell, I am in love with this blouse. It just makes me happy with all the little details and I can’t wait to wear it properly and show it off.