Friday, May 14, 2010

Simplicity 4047 - 1950's Retro Blouse

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I love this blouse! I am not real savvy about altering raglan sleeves for a full bust but over all I am pleased with the fit. I think this fabric is so pretty, which you can't pick up here but have seen in my previous post. DH said "that's beautiful" so it all works for me. Here is what I had to do with Simplicity 4047:

I cut the side seams wider from the armpit down to accommodate a C cup. I had to do a sway back adjustment cutting off 1 inch at the center back waistline on the bodice, not the peplum. This was tapered back to normal at the side seams. Based on reviews I read on PR, I made my side seam invisible zip go right up into the armpit. Frankly, I don't know how you would get this on if you used the recommended 9 inch zipper. I used a twelve. With the twelve inch zipper I could not get this over the shoulders on my dress form. But I was able to get it on me, no problem. All facings were eliminated and the blouse is fully lined from edge to edge. I sewed the lining in around the neckline, clipped, turned, and under stitched. Then I decided to bag the lining, reaching into the sleeves, grabbing the lined up sleeve edges, pulling them to the outside  and stitching. This worked like a charm. I left the rest of the lining to hang freely and hemmed the blouse and lining separately. To secure the lining so it would not roll out I ditchstitched in the underarm and shoulder seams and it worked great. This lovely linen really required a lining and a facing would have shown horribly thru the white linen.

I am very pleased with this. I do think this pattern runs snug as others have said on PR, so beware. In a perfect world I would have made a muslin first. I can see this in that glorious silk my daughter brought me back from Singapore with the cropped narrow pants to match, very Mad Men. Will somebody please invite me to a wedding or such so I can make that outfit, please..........Bunny

25 comments:

  1. The Selfish Seamstress just got engaged, maybe she will invite you! Love the blouse and it would look great in the silk.

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  2. Excellent workmanship. The blouse turned out well and is very flattering.

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  3. Your version loks better than the Simplicity picture. Great fit and so flattering.

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  4. Your blouse is really lovely. It's so feminine.

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  5. Very pretty blouse, it looks great on you.

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  6. I love your blouse. It's gorgeous.

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  8. That's a lovely blouse, Bunny. And it looks great on you!

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  9. Your new top is perfect on you - a very flattering style!

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  10. You did a great job here....the secret to this "look" is that it has to be trim around the midriff/lower bust/waist area, and you did it. Putting in a bust dart in a kimono sleeve (that's what I call this sleeve), is really hard, but you can put in another dart from just below bust point to side tilted way down. There's a way to slash and spread this sleeve pattern, but it does involve a little drafting. Also you could put in a gussett and that would help with the guesswork part of the dart....it's that armhole line you have to guess at when you're putting in the side bust dart. But honestly I don't think you need it. The "look" is supposed to be full through the shoulder, and trim through the midriff and waist, and you did it.

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  11. What a pretty blouse, Bunny! Nothing I like more than a crisp, white shirt. This looks fab on you.
    Cissie

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  12. Ohhh you used that gorgeous fabric and it turned out wonderfully! Much better than the Simplicity photo, I agree.

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  13. The blouse is so beautiful and chic!

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  14. I agree with DH, it's a lovely blouse. I have that pattern, and have always wanted to make it up. I'll check with you first, since yours turned out so awesome!

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  15. Oh, it is lovely - your husband is right! I have this pattern, too, just never made up anything from it.

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  16. Very pretty! I have this pattern, but haven't tried it out yet. Your shirt is so nice I may have to soon!

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  17. Magnificent! You look amazing!

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  18. Magnificent! You look amazing!

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  19. Lovely and you are so smart with the lining.

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  20. Seriously, I want one just like it. Beautiful. One can never have too many classy white blouses.

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  21. Beautifully made, Bunny. And thanks for all the details on the adjustments. This has been in my collection awhile and I did to try it. I guess I've avoided making this blouse because of the FBA, but now I will try your solution to see if it works for me. Looking good. ;-)

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  22. Ooooooh! I like this alot!
    I'm going to have get that pattern. I'll bet IRL it's even lovelier! I wonder if I'd have to make a SBA. Sigh.

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