I've finally conquered my fear of button down blouses, whew! I must say that button down blouses are not all that hard, just very precise. Precise, in the sense of the edge-stitching, top-stitching; all the above makes for some very precise sewing.. However, I loved it! I really enjoyed the process of seeing this shirt come together.. I've been wanting to sew this pattern, V8772 from the moment of it's release, but had been to intimidated. But I told myself this year that I was going to stretch myself in my sewing, so I had to get over it!
|Top left: Button band, top right: Inside shot|
Bottom left: Collar stand and collar, bottom right: Sleeve cuff
*My button hole on the collar stand is pointing the wrong way, but
"chile boo ain't nobody got time for that" LOL!
I do want to point out that I did use the help of the online Craftsy course on shirt making with Pam Howard, awesome class by the way.. Somehow, I still managed to goof up on my sleeve and cuff and ended up with my cuff facing forward, ugh! So, I had to deconstruct the entire sleeve and cuff and re-do it, can we say I was hot, okay! But, I managed to get everything squared away, whew! So, just make sure if you're using a fabric that if you can't tell the right and wrong sides, make sure you clearly mark.. Or you will be hotttt as in this instance upset, okay lol!
I purchased this fabric from fabric.com last year after seeing Mimi's version and knew I needed this shirt in my life, lol! Everything I needed was in stash, other than the buttons which I purchased from Hancock's two weeks ago. I used a light weight interfacing for the collar the sleeve cuffs, which worked out fabulous, as the shirt still feels lightweight, yet crisp! I didn't make any alterations to this version, other than leave off the back darts, for fear of "Incredible Hulking" out my shirt LOL! In my next version, I plan to go up a size, and lengthen an inch, only the body of the shirt as I felt the sleeves were long enough.
Overall, I am more than pleased with this shirt, especially with this being my first button down blouse, and it wasn't as nearly as difficult as I thought it would be. I would highly recommend this pattern as a first blouse to kind of get your feet wet in shirt making. I am getting ready to cut out another version, but first I want to tackle the now OPP pattern Simplicity A1738. That's all I have ladies, I hope you all are having a wonderful weekend! Be blessed and nothin' less and continue to stay fearlessly fierce!