This is a brand new pattern from Simplicity and when I first saw it on PatternReview.com, I knew I had to make it. I honestly think, this is the first time in my sewing history, that I have managed to make a pattern within the same few months of it being released. I am very excited!
I do plan on making this blouse a few times. My first version is View E modified in a few ways. I will not use the peplum this time, but instead extend the length by 8 inches. Also, I want full length sleeves instead of 3/4 length. I knew I wanted to use a stripe and also highlight the front contrasting panel with a different color so my first step is to start with a stretch. Forgive my drawing abilities, but it gives me a basic idea of which direction I want the stripes to go.
|My basic drawing to determine stripe direction|
And here it is! I think it turned out quite nice! With a little help from the drawing and a little draping before hand, I can't wait to wear it!
For the contrasting layer I used some knit swimwear fabric I had in my stash and doubled the layer instead of sewing just one (as the pattern suggests). The double thickness has a nice drape to it and it also helped stop the stripes from showing through underneath. Also, I tacked the pleats in place underneath the bow in the front. This helps to maintain the shaping of the front.
|Close up of the contrasting panel in front|