I made another Simplicity 1693. This might be one of my TNT patterns. Tried and True. I made about 4 tank tops using this pattern in 2016. Simplicity 1693- summer tanks. I recently made a short sleeved blouse with this pattern Simplicity 1693- A fluttery sleeve blouse and now I have made a long sleeved blouse.
I used some leftover fabric that I had from making a dress recently. It is a silky type fabric that I bought from Joann’s for about $4 a yard since it was a doorbuster. It was a little difficult to sew with because it’s very slippery but I managed.
I think I like this pattern because it’s a good way to use your leftover fabric since it only calls for 1 yard for the tank tops or a little more than a yard for the sleeved blouses. I think I used about a yard and a half for this one since it has long sleeves.
I didn’t add the casing around the waist, although I wanted to, but I forgot to lengthen the bodice. I also did not follow the directions to use bias tape to hold the elastic at the end of the sleeves. I did it the good old fashioned way. But it was good to learn another way to hold elastic using bias tape. The casing around the waist also calls for using bias tape. I’ll use this technique next time.
I was happy that I was able to at least use my newly made bias tape for the collar. It even matched a little bit.