The “Fussy With A Flounce” Blouse
Fabric – 2 yards of rayon from Hancock Fabrics
Pattern - Simplicity 1872 from the new Cynthia Rowley Spring patterns
Year – current
Notions – bias tape
Time to complete – This one went together fairly quickly, about 2 1/2 hours
First worn – I almost wore it to church this morning, but decided it was a little too chilly, so, only for the photos so far
Wear again? Yes! with a cami
Total price: ~ $15
It’s Cynthia Rowley’s fault. I wasn’t buying any new patterns. Oh, and it’s the also the fault of the bloggers I follow who were inundating me with pictures of this pattern and collectively swooning over it. Aaaaaaaand, it’s JoAnn’s fault for having a sale on Simplicity patterns. It’s certainly not my fault, though. I was forced by the beauty of the cover art and the cheapness of the pattern to purchase it. As if that wasn’t enough, Mena changed the order of the challenges and as I was so dutifully preparing to sew my skirt for the Pantone challenge, I was thrown for a loop (because I don’t check the boards like I should) and scrambling for something quick I could make in green. Simplicity 1872 used it’s allure to charge to the front of my queue and was even so bold as to steal fabric (chartreuse is green, right?) away from the wrap dress pattern it was originally intended for. And the conclusion of all this mayhem is… I love my new blouse!
First, the things I love about the pattern:
No closures! I like the peplum (in theory). I like the mock wrap (in theory). I think the sleeves are a really cute detail. It was quick to make and the directions are straightforward.
Things I’m not so thrilled about:
No closures means that the fit is on the looser side… the WEY looser side. I cut out the smallest size and then took in the sides by an inch each! There is no WAY the model on the envelope is wearing a 6. I was afraid if I took the sides in any more, I wouldn’t be able to get it over my shoulders.
The peplum. This is just a personal issue. I get really nitpicky about how fabric falls and this peplum just feeds that OCD tendency.
The mock wrap. It gapes. I am wearing that flower clip to hold everything together. I knew I would probably need a cami underneath this, but sheesh. I definitely need a cami underneath this.
One of my rules when I try things on at the store is not to buy it if I’ll be fixing it or worrying about it all day. No high maintenance clothing for me, thank you. This blouse breaks that rule, but since I made it, it’s my baby and I’ll make it work.
Here’s a close-up of the clip and of the fabric. That purple you see is quickly becoming one of my favorite colors. And now, because of this blouse, I’m on the hunt for some material in that color to make some pants. This blouse is just so demanding!