However, I have quite enjoyed sewing my last few projects from Vogue patterns. Each one presented a new construction method and unique design, and I liked doing something a little different. For example, this blouse has a pieced section that was interesting to construct, especially with french seams, along with shoulder pleats, bias cuffs, and a narrow curved hem. I've done all of these things in separate garments before, and combining them meant that this blouse became a bit fiddly--lots of little details to take care of.
Overall, I like this blouse. The v-neck is dangerously low, but the loose, drapey fit is cool and comfortable in the summer heat. After reading the many reviews and posts about this pattern, I decided to cut a size 8 instead of the 12 I actually measure for, and I almost wish I had gone with a 6. To be honest, the fit is not that great. The bust darts are at least an inch too low, and I think I could stand to take up the shoulders half an inch or so. The fabric saves the day. This is an Anna Maria Horner rayon challis, and it is heavenly. I did a lot of stay stitching on the bottom sections and on the neckline, and I think that helped the bottom section come together easily and drape pretty nicely. I'm afraid I still managed to stretch out one side of the neckline a tiny bit, but it's not very noticeable.
I'm not sure why there is a seam down the back of the blouse. Maybe to save fabric? I'm not sure I will make this blouse again, but if I do, I'll probably eliminate that seam.
The final verdict for me is that I enjoyed the process of sewing this blouse, and I'm sure it will get it's fair share of wear.
This is my awkward model pose. Enjoy. :-)