This my review of the Smooth Sailing blouse pattern from Wearing History.
1930's puff-sleeved blouse with front and back yoke.
I always have the trouble of being the in-between-size. The patterns are often available in two packages and I usually need to gamble between a too small size or too big size. This time I gambled for the bigger size (size ..., package B) using the sizes guide. Although using the guide I feel as if the blouse is a bit big for me (in the shoulders).
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Were the instructions easy to follow?
Yes, very good instructions!
|please excuse the wrinkles... next time I'll iron it a lot better!|
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
What I dislike about the pattern is that they are for sale in two size packages. And as usual, I have to choose because I'm in between two sizes. I opted for the larger size, better to have a too large pattern than too small? But in the end I should have taken the smaller size, because I feel as if the blouse is a bit big in the shoulder area. I have a rather small shoulder area and most of the time I tend to forget it when sewing. So a lot of the times I take the patterns by the bust-size or waist-size, but they turn out too big because of my silly shoulders! Next time when making this blouse I'll be sure to remember to change the shoulderpart!
A cotton dotted swiss, sheer. Next time I'll use a different fabric, because I don't like the look a white blouse gives me. It makes me so 'waitress' or 'matron' like. And it's a bit sheer, so I have to wear something beneath it.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
No alterations are made to this pattern.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
Yes of course, but I'll make it in a smaller size or make the shoulderpart a bit smaller.
This is a very good pattern. It's very easy to download from the website and the print instructions are clear.
Plus: I wore it to a job interview and got the job! So A+ for the pattern for giving me confidence!