Blouse #1 is Simplicity 1693 sewn pretty much exactly as the pattern and directions indicate. I used a smooth, lightweight cotton lawn, which, I think, is perfect for this type of blouse.
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I actually finished this top months ago, and even though I've worn it several times and I don't hate it, I had a list of issues that I wanted to correct in a later version. For example, the neckline is finished with bias tape. I normally don't mind this finish, but I think I didn't cut my bias strips perfectly on the bias because I have to iron the crap out of the neckline to make it lie flat after this top comes out of the dryer. I'm not crazy about the hem either...I can't pinpoint where it's wonky, but it seems off somehow...I don't know.
I am quite a fan of the sleeves, especially with this drapey fabric, but the bust darts are a little bit too low. Again, the fabric keeps this from being very noticeable, but I wanted to fix them so that I would be able to use thicker or stiffer fabrics too.
I wasn't crazy about the buttonloop in the back either, although it doesn't look as bad as I thought now that I've seen the pictures. In spite of the list of changes I wanted to make to this pattern, I think Blouse #1 is absolutely wearable as it is. I started tracing and redrafting around Christmas, and I finally managed to construct Blouse #2 last weekend.
The fabric this time is still lightweight but much stiffer. Also lots of bright colors. Whoa. I drafted facings for the neckline, raised the darts a bit (maybe half an inch?), and lengthened the whole thing by two inches. However, the biggest change I made is in the back.
I loooove how the buttons in the back turned out! The buttons are coconut buttons I found on Etsy. I think I added two and a half inches to the back pattern pieces and extended the neckline facing down the back. I actually got this idea from the Oliver and S Library dress, and I'm sure other button back patterns use this method.
Don't get me wrong, I like Blouse #2. I thought I liked it better than Blouse #1, but that was before I saw both in pictures. I think I like the fabric I used for #1 better--#2's is just too stiff but maybe it will soften up with a few more washings.
This is what happens when my husband tries to give me direction. Awkward.