Do you believe in fate? I've had a saved search for this blouse on eBay (Anthropologie's Adelie Blouse) for ages, and one hasn't turned up in my size or for a price I'm willing to pay. Obviously the penguins are pretty cute, but I'm mostly in love with the shape of the blouse. It looks like it would be super flattering, and it's exactly the kind of floaty, feminine blouse that I bitched about not existing the other day. I love the collar, the perfect sleeves, the way it nips in at the waist and flares out. Dreamy.
I spent WAY too many hours last Saturday searching for a similar blouse pattern. You know what? It doesn't exist. Blouse patterns today are HIDEOUS. My choices were either designed for knits (not my thing), or oversized tunics, peasant blouses, or your standard collared shirt. I tried Vogue, McCalls, Butterick, New Look, Simplicity, and then I looked on Etsy and eBay for vintage patterns. I searched all over for "peplum blouse pattern" and came up cold.
Then I checked Googled Reader. Tasia of Sewaholic Patterns was releasing a new pattern, and it was a blouse! And it was PERFECT.
View B is basically like she read my mind. I ordered it immediately, and started working on it the day it came. This version here is my wearable muslin, and the fabric is a densely woven rayon I picked up at a rummage sale. I've got a couple fabrics in mind for the "real" thing, but never having made a Sewaholic pattern before, I wanted to do a muslin first. Sewaholic Patterns are sized for women who are pear-shaped, which I am not, so I was a little concerned about fit. I had nothing to worry about, because I made my standard size 8 and it fits perfectly. It was super easy to put together and the instructions were clear and concise. I spent about three hours constructing it last night, plus another hour Wednesday prepping the pattern pieces and cutting them out.
I am a cocky sewer, and I didn't bother to try it on until AFTER I had done the zipper. Luckily, it fit. Whew. I even sewed my zipper on correctly this time! I did a lapped zipper application again since I did not have any invisible zippers on hand.
It looks boxy on the hanger, but it is totally not once it is on my body. I really like how it turned out. The only change I would make is that next time I'm not going to interface the collar. It made it difficult to turn inside out and press, and it was pretty bulky after I did the facings. Other than that, this pattern gets an A+ from me. I can't wait to make the other two versions!