Finished the blouse

This is Vogue 1323. I (finally) finished. It’s not that the pattern is difficult, but it was, at least for me, more time consuming. Although I must say I spent more time on this than I had intended to. It’s been a long time since I had made anything with a “slippery” feel to the fabric. This was just a basic polyester blouse fabric. But I did do quite a bit of hand basting since it was easier to control and would be easier to remove when necessary. This pattern is rated “Average” but for anyone who wonders if they should give it a try, I say go for it! I usually shy away from patterns with this rating, but I am more interested in challenging myself. Therefore, while I wouldn’t use really expensive fabric for a first try, I would certainly give it a try. Some of the techniques in the pattern are things that I have not done before (French seams), but the instructions tell you how to do it and it’s very easy to figure out. Believe me, if I can do this, anyone should be able to. And in all things, I firmly believe that even in “failure”, you can learn a lot. I made this in a 14. That’s down a size from what I would normally have made, but it fits very well without being too big. I did have some trouble getting a decent picture that shows some detail. But I like this pattern. At some point I may try the pants that come with it.

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