Finally have time to post about my little WIP that I flahsed up a couple weeks ago! Apologies for the delay, I made an unexpected trip home to my parent's last weekend which threw off my schedule.
This is Simplicity 2798 (for the 3rd time now, 2nd time as a blouse), made up in Liberty's Betsy print and a mustard Kaffe shot cotton self-made flat piping at the yoke and sleeves. Or rather, Dijon tinted piping. Naming FO's amuses me to no end.
I think I've pretty much got the fit down. Cut an 8 in front and a 10 in back as I have a broad back. There's enough room to wiggle around and move my arms, but it's still pleasingly non-sack like. I think princess seams may be my favorite for getting a smooth fit.
The sleeve. I flat piped and self-bias tape bound the bottoms, as before.
Little button tab closure. This print is so busy you can barely make it out. I'm sure I could've swooped out and found a better button for this, but truly, I had already sprung for the fabric, I just hunted through my stash and this was the best I could come up with. I'm satisfied.
This little blouse pairs pretty well with jeans. At first I thought it was a combination of too prissy and too juvenile - I think the print plus sleeves are too much together - but if I pair it with my least feminine bottoms (like jeans or black slacks) it seems to work pretty well. Which is a shame, considering the skirts I'd had in mind to wear with this. I could've taken off the sleeves, but I hate wearing sleeveless garments under cardigans in winter, and I can't tell if I halved its wearability by keeping them, or doubled it. Time will tell.
Oh hey! I can always just remove the sleeves ... (starts getting a scheming, shifty-eyed look) ... and attach them plus a matching collar to a shift dress to create a faux "I'm wearing a blouse under a shift dress" look. Though I should probably NOT make a peter pan collar then, no? If I am trying to tone down the prissy, juvenile look. Another transmogrification in the works? Don't worry, I'm wearing it as is for now. Transmogrifications often take me months if not years to pull off ... still ... *scheming, shifty eyed* ...