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Simplicity 1106- “It’s all about the back” blouse

This blouse is all about the back. Views A and B have a contrast fabric back inset. Views C and D have a cut out “peek a boo” back also with contrast fabrics for the yoke back and sleeve. There are two options for sleeves, short and elbow length.

This pattern is easy to follow. My first view to sew up for this pattern was view D. I didn’t make a contrasting yoke back and sleeve and instead used the same fabric for the whole blouse. Fabric suggestions include challis, lightweight linen types, silky types, jersey and crepe back satin (for the contrasting pieces). I chose a flowery crepe de chine for my fabric.

I also made view B using a light brown challis for the main fabric and a crepe de chine for the contrasting piece. I didn’t feel that the two together flowed well for some reason. I ended up removing the contrasting piece and trying to put another contrasting piece in. Bad idea, I should have left it alone because I couldn’t figure out how to do that without it looking terrible. I ended up putting the blouse in the time out basket to tackle again later. Sadly, I think that eventually it will end up in the wastebasket. Or at least my bag of remnants to use for another project.

Front looks good
Back not so good…

I also made a third blouse but hacked it so that there would be no cut out in the back. So all in all, I have made 3 items using this pattern with only one not surviving which is the view. I probably won’t sew up View B again. I don’t see it turning out for me. But I will probably sew up view D again and this time try a contrasting piece. That would be a great use for a remnant in my remnant bag.

I would recommend this pattern especially since there are 4 styles that you can make with one pattern. It’s a very pretty blouse that’s all about the back and it goes great with jeans.

Happy Sewing!

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Simplicity 1106 hack

Simplicity 1106 pattern

Hello and happy day to you. I hope you have been getting a lot done with your sewing. I posted in an earlier post that I hacked the Simplicity 1106 pattern but that it wasn’t quite finished. I had put my hacked blouse into the “time out” basket (you know, the basket with all the unfinished projects) where it remained for almost 2 years!

time out basket
My “time out” basket

Well, one Sunday, I decided to tackle that “time out” basket and the Simplicity 1106 hack blouse was the first item on the list. All it needed was a hem at the bottom. The reason it was in a time out to begin with was because the fabric was so difficult to handle. It kept fraying and I had a really difficult time hemming it because it wouldn’t remain in place after I pressed it. I found a magic trick. I used spray starch to hold the hem in place. I was able to hem the bottom in no time. The 1106 pattern includes a peek a boo back. I hacked the pattern so that I can sew together a blouse with no peek a boo back:

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Ok, ok, this was an easy hack but now I have another style of blouse that I can wear! I haven’t worn it yet but it’s supposed to match with a dark red skirt that’s also currently in the “time out” basket. I’ll get to that someday. Until then, happy sewing!

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Simplicity 1106- A fun, flowery blouse

I’ve worn this blouse a few times already so I think it’s about time that I write a post about it. I actually made this blouse back in 2017. It took me awhile to wear it because it was one of those pieces that really frustrated me. Not because of the pattern but because of the fabric. The fabric I chose was a crepe de chine. I purchased it from Fabric.com.

Although I typically don’t have too much of a hard time sewing with this type of fabric, I did this time and mostly with the sleeves and the hem. The fabric kept unraveling and was very difficult to work with because it called for a narrow hem for both the sleeves and the hem. It was one of those pieces that I had to put on “time out” until I was ready to finish it. I have a time out basket for all my unfinished items and that’s where it ended up for a few months. When I put it in the “time out” basket, all I had left to finish was the hem. Once I was ready, I tackled that narrow hem and I was happy with the end result.

McCalls 1106

What I like about this blouse is the style of the sleeves and the length of the blouse. I especially like the back. It adds a nice little touch.

Simplicity 1106
Look at that back!

I made another blouse by hacking the pattern so it doesn’t have the peek a boo back, but that one has been in the time out basket since 2017. I think it’s time to take it out of time out and tackle that narrow hem at the bottom.

Otherwise, the pattern is easy to follow. For this blouse, I chose view D. I didn’t make a contrasting yoke back and sleeve and instead used the same fabric for the whole blouse. I chose crepe de chine for my fabric but other suggestions include challis, lightweight linen types, silky types, jersey and crepe back satin (for the contrasting pieces).

I also made view B. It didn’t turn out too well and I think this is mostly because of the fabric I chose for the contrasting piece. For the main piece, I used a light brown challis and for the contrasting piece, I used a crepe de chine. The two together did not flow well. I ended up removing the contrasting piece. So now it is in the time out basket. I’ll tackle that blouse again once I find a good matching contrasting piece to go with the light brown challis. Perhaps another lightweight challis fabric.

So all in all, I have made 3 items using this pattern, but only one that I actually wear. I would definitely recommend this pattern especially since there are 4 styles that you can make with one pattern.

Simplicity 1106 pattern
Happy Sewing!!!