Monday, February 18, 2013

Simplicity 6550 Blouse in Blue

I decided it was time to make myself some clothes.

I've been wanting to try this vintage Simplicity pattern for awhile.

I went through my fabric stash and found these two kind of matchy teeny prints in blue and thought they'd do the trick.

I opened up the pattern to find it already cut and used. There was a piece missing but it was easily drafted. I was missing the inside facing for the collar / button placket. It was a simple rectangle as long as the front of the piece and as wide as the bottom of the collar front. I also notice the bottom of the blouse front and back had been trimmed and done away with. The sleeves were also trimmed to the short sleeve version so I decided to go with that.

I didn't have enough of either of my chosen fabrics to make a whole shirt. So I cropped the front of the bodice off to accommodate my fabric matching. The top half of the front would be teeny blue hearts and the bottom would be teeny blue flowers. I added a wisp of a seam allowance to each edge so I could sew them together and not loose length on the whole front piece.

I also made some itty bitty covered cord to add to the front seam for decoration.
I covered some worsted weight yarn (Canadiana I think).

I'm pretty pleased with the results.
I added more than twice the buttons suggested. I like the look of a heap of buttons.
I think the next one will be all the same fabric. Something gossamer thin and airy for spring. I will also plan to add the length back to the front and back bodice pieces. It could do with some waist darts.
I really enjoyed the collar construction on this pattern. It has a tiny under collar piece and a very large over piece that extends the length of the whole blouse front.

Have any of you tried this pattern?
I'd love to hear your results.

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