I positively fell in love with this blouse the moment I laid eyes on it. It's a new to me pattern company based out of France. The company is called Orageuse and the pattern is the Prague Blouse. This was fun to make! Instructions are available in either French or English. They were detailed and easy to follow for this pattern.
You can vary this pattern at bit at the neckline. See the line drawings below.
That front portion can be left open (does that describe this?) or you can have a contrast, or even use the same fabric as the blouse. I choose to use a silk from Fabric Mart for this blouse. This creation was for my February blog post. I really, really love this pattern!
Since this was a new-to-me company, I made a muslin and am glad I did. I also flat pattern measured and knew it seemed be developed from a standard pattern block and that my typical alterations would work.
I was so hesitant to try this neckline and when I was making my muslin, I seriously toyed with the the full-coverage neck. But then I had a talk with myself and said, just go for it! Your next version can have the full-coverage neck. Okay, now just get it cut out so you don't change your mind...again. Anyone sew like that?
That slit in the back is super cute as well. For alterations here's what I did. I learned this from Designer Joi when I took a classroom from her last summer.
Lengthened from the shoulder line to the apex. One great thing about this pattern company, ORageuse, is that bust alteration lines are marked on the pattern. Can I get a whoop, whoop?
Lengthened the bust curve area. This is 2 or so inches below the dart. It gives you ease for the girls to move freely.
I typically have to alter across the upper back as I must have broadish shoulders. I don't have to with this pattern company.
Lastly, to accommodate the front lengthening I did, I also added to the back across the bust area by about an inch and a half. This ensures that the front isn't longer than the back. Make sense?
I also widened the hips by about a total of an inch. I just didn't want this too close-fitting in this area.
Here are some detail shots. This is where the neckband connects to the bodice in front. Sew precisely here!
I love these buttons I found. They were at JoAnns. I think they add the right amount of glam. Look how precise my topstitching is! I get excited about things like that. :)
Here's the back neck slit. Again, I did some very precise stitching here. I also only used two instead of three buttons as they were a bit too large to fit three of them.
I really love this blouse and plan on making another. As I was putting this together, I thought a sleeveless version would be worth trying. I should mention that in this photograph, you can barely see the piece of interfacing I used to reinforce the area at the back slit. I didn't want anything to stress that seam.
Thanks for reading! Have you tried any european pattern companies? If you have, please share their name! I'd love to check them out. :)