The “Dress to Impress” Blouse
Fabric: white cotton – gifted
Pattern: McCall 9712
Notions: 2 pkg of 1/2 in buttons, $1.00 each, 1in elastic $2.39
Time to complete: 7 hours
First worn: Jan. 15, 2012
Wear again? If the blouse fits, wear it!
Total price: $3.39
Now, one of my goals for this year with The Sew Weekly was to attempt my buttonhole maker on my machine. Truth be known, I love the buttonhole feature! I want to use it all the time. I cannot believe how afraid I was of it. Silly me.
The reason I chose to do a buttoned down blouse for this challenge was because of how hard it is to find a blouse for small framed, boobless women. Yep, that’s me! I used to stuff my bra just to fill out the darts on the store bought blouses. I got tired of paying money for something I knew I would have to take the time to alter. I did attempt to buy a blouse on ebay from China thinking it would fit. I was wrong. So after tossing out all my poorly altered internet and store bought blouses, I decided it was time to make my own.
The vintage pattern I used I had been saving up for when I dared the buttonhole feature. It was time to fulfill that dare. I really love my new blouse. It fits perfectly. The only hard part was the collar. That took the longest amount of time. I eventually figured it out. It’s not the cleanest looking collar job, but know one else will notice.
I am pretty proud of myself for accomplishing this challenge. I am also pretty happy to have a blouse I will actually wear in my wardrobe. I love that I can wear high waist skirts and pants with it, to give me a curvy appearance. That’s the best part. So, now I can dress to impress and not look sloppy in a blouse anymore.