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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 8393- Yay or nay?

I made a tunic blouse using Simplicity 8393. I used one yard of fabric, which is one winning point for this pattern (yay). Any pattern that calls for just one yard of fabric is always a win! Although I’m not too sure about the collar (nay).  I also had difficulty with the button closure, so I ended up omitting it (nay). Instead of the button closure, I sewed the top all the way up and it made the collar look very high. (nay). If you like high collars, then this blouse will work for you (yay).

I sewed view B which is the tunic version. There is also an option for a regular length blouse, view C. The blouse was easy to see together (Yay). The collar was actually really easy and fun to put together. (Yay)

I think the reason I’m not to excited about this blouse is because of the fabric I chose. I believe that it’s a polyester blend, which was easy for sewing, but I’m not too happy with the print. I bought the fabric on a whim because I visited a mom and pop fabric store, all the fabrics were $5 a yard and I didn’t want to leave empty handed. I bought one yard knowing I can use it for this pattern.

I would try this pattern again, but I will be more conscientious of the print I chose, maybe even opting for a solid color. I will also use view C for the regular length blouse. I’ll try hard to make that button closure work because it looks much better with it, as intended.

Final vote: 4 yays and 3 nays. I’ll give this blouse a try.

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Simplicity 8131- My favorite pattern this year

Simplicity 8131 is, by far, my favorite pattern this year. I have made three blouses with this pattern. One of the blouses happens to be my favorite “made by me” item of all time. It’s a pink, polka dot long sleeve blouse with a bow.

Simplicity 8131
Pink and polka dotty bow blouse

Simplicity 8131

At the time that I made it, I was looking to make a blouse with a bow and that’s what Simplicity 8131 is all about. For this pink and polka dotty bow blouse, I chose view F but with the sleeves of view A. I used a crepe de chine fabric that I bought from Fabric.com. I love the pink and I love the polka dots. I love the big bow and how the fabric flows. This pattern and this fabric go perfectly together. I just made it earlier this month and I’ve already worn it three times. That’s how much I like it. The only part I don’t like is how tight I made the elastic on the sleeves. It’s something that I will be cognizant of the next time I sew this pattern.

I also made a yellow blouse using view E with the sleeves of view A. I used a yellow challis fabric that is a bit sheer. I like the skinny bow but I prefer the bigger bow. I haven’t worn this blouse yet because of the sheerness of the fabric.

Simplicity 8131

I also made the sleeveless version which was actually my first attempt at this pattern. I used a crepe de chine fabric. I used view B. I’ve worn it a couple times already with a black short sleeved cardigan and jeans.

Simplicity 8131

The great part about this pattern is the numerous options available to sew. There are 3 sleeves available as well as a sleeveless version. There are three bows available. There is even a close fitting version and a loose fitting version. Basically, the pattern gives you 6 different views but even more options if you change the views around. If you hack the pattern, there is an option to leave the bow out.

This was a fun pattern to sew, mostly because of the bow. The pattern is easy to follow. The blouse is very versatile. I know that I’ll be using this pattern again. I plan to make view E with the short sleeves and without the bow.

Happy sewing!