For this blouse, I used the StyleArc Jenny Shirt. It has some very nice details! I love the forward shoulder treatment, back yoke, placket sleeve vent, and the darts for fitting.
It also has an almost real placket for the sleeve, which I think is always a great touch. Although, darn, I forgot to get a picture of that detail! I promise to for the next version.
As sewists, we all know, or should know what we are getting into with StyleArc patterns when it comes to the directions. Am I right?
For these, I was completely disappointed and I am a HUGE fan of StyleArc!
Here are my complaints--
How hard is it to proof read? I know that I make errors in my blog, but I am not publishing it for anything than my own personal reflection on my sewing, not to sell a gosh-darn-thing. In the first line of construction details, the word 'cur' is used instead of cut. Not huge, but then again....
My other gripe is that the sleeve placket pattern doesn't match the diagram included with the instructions. Now mind you, I've done this more than a few times so I know how to make a sleeve placket but if you had no idea, this illustration wouldn't help you in the least. Not one tiny bit.
Alterations? Well, I made my usual 1/2" swayback adjustment and that is it.
Also, I knew this top was fitted, but I am not the slim, trim gal I was 15 years ago so I left out the back darts so I had a little breathing room. Maybe if I hadn't eaten so many goodies for Christmas, I would have been able to put the darts in, but for now, they are out.
I also am experimenting with the best way to complete a sloping shoulder adjustment and I read an article in the most recent Vogue Sewing that talked about this topic. Their suggestion or technique is to scoop out the bottom of the armscye as much as you do the with the sloping shoulders. Does that make any sense whatsoever?
I'll take a photo next time. I think the shoulders need a tad more work.
I love my new top, especially with this RTW vest I've had for ever!
Thanks for reading and if you have a blouse pattern you love, would you share the pattern details with me?