This was my third version of this blouse. All four were made in quick succession, within two weeks or thereabouts. View B was the reason that I was initially attracted to this particular pattern, as I was looking for a fitted tie blouse.
The contour and bust darts are visible in the illustrations of the various blouses. All views use the same back and front body pieces, varying in hem, sleeve and collar details. I love the versatility of this pattern! Once the fit is achieved, there are many possibilities.
For fitting, I had to remove length between the bust and shoulder on the front and at centre back above the waist. These are quite typical adjustments for me, but I should have taken length out through the body as well. On my next version of this blouse, I will remove at least 2,5cm (one inch) in length.
I used a kind of wild print here! It is a voile with the name Maroon/fuchsia scattered geometric shapes cotton voile. I had 2 yards and used most of it, due to the tie being cut on the bias. The collared views take about 1,5 yards (Vogue’s estimates are 2-2,5 yards).
I do not love this fabric. It is intriguing, but I find it overwhelming. I thought it would work as a blouse and it does. The problem is that it works as a blouse for someone who is not me! Still, I thoroughly enjoyed the process of making this blouse. There is a lot of hand sewing per the pattern: the interfacing recommended is sew-in and both the collar and cuffs are finished on the inside by hand.
The cuff has a slightly different appearance from the rest of the blouse. This is a result of using sew-in interfacing and the fact that voile tends to be somewhat sheer. The colours are backed by the white interfacing and seem more defined somehow (brighter? darker? I can’t articulate it, for some reason.). I had not used sew-in interfacing in a blouse prior to this, and I like the hand it gives to the fabric. It gives the required support for the cuff (and the front for the buttons and buttonholes), but it does not make the voile stiff, which sometimes happens with fusibles (although not the ones I use!).
I like view B, even though this particular view B did not work out for me. I have some other, more subdued fabrics that may work for it, but after making four versions of essentially the same blouse, I needed a change. Having said that, I will definitely revisit this pattern.