I purchased this fabric from Fabrix in San Francisco last fall with exactly this style of blouse in mind. I knew the drape of the polyester crepe would do well as a ruffle. I don’t sew blouses very often but I like having an assortment of them in my closet to mix ‘n match with skirts or pants for variety.
The pattern is described as semi-fitted. I’m very happy with the fit and I like the sleeve and neckline options offered by the pattern. Polyester crepe is not my favorite fabric to sew but this one behaved fairly well. I use more pins than I normally do to hold everything in place and a size 65 needle to sew the fabric. I sewed French seams throughout because the fabric was somewhat sheer.
It is so satisfying when a project turns out as you pictured it. I had not noticed this pattern when it was introduced. Once I had my fabric and a vision of what I wanted, the pattern jumped out at me.
Here is a picture of the blouse worn outside of my pants.
And here is a picture of the blouse tucked into my skirt. I don’t have much to say about this project besides the fact that it yielded a great blouse for my ever expanding me-made wardrobe.