Vogue V1659 is a sewing pattern for a chic blouse by the designer Claire Shaeffer. This sewing pattern falls under the category: Custom Couture Collection.
We all know Claire Shaeffer: she is a writer and designer, known from her books about Chanel couture.
We made this blouse from a 'Delft blue' (= typical Dutch) fabric, inspired by the trend 'I love Holland'.
And the good news: the sewing pattern is not that difficult. It is quite easy to make.
The sewing pattern falls under the category: Custom Couture Collection. This means that it has several front panels for different cup sizes. You can therefore adjust the blouse if you have small or large breasts. This will make the front look perfect and the blouse will look like: made-to-measure.
Claire Shaeffer also gives many couture tips as usual in her sewing patterns. It is a pleasure to follow them and learn something extra!
As we said, the sewing pattern is easier than it initially appears. This is mainly due to the flawless picture of Vogue V1659. The blouse is made in white fabric, the pleats are beautifully pressed and the blouse looks like pure Haute couture.
There are no difficult things in the sewing pattern. The blind closure is not difficult to make and the sleeve slits are not difficult either. We think a seamstress with average sewing experience can handle this sewing pattern just fine. However, it is not suitable for a beginner.
Tip: make the blouse with French seams, this will make it even more beautiful. You can do this at the side panels and sleeves.
Materials and notions:
Vogue indicates that the blouse can be made of taffeta silk, charmeuse and cotton. It is best to choose a fabric that does NOT flow smoothly. If the fabric flattens smoothly, the effect of the pleats will disappear and the pleats will sag around you. So choose a poplin cotton. Linen is also not a good idea: it wrinkles too much.
We have opted for a poplin cotton from Driessenstoffen in a Delft blue floral design. We had mainly made the blouse for the Dutch King's Day (27 april) and the trend: I love Holland.
But Driessenstoffen also has very beautiful other designs and many variations for the poplin cotton fabrics. For an extra strap, we chose a strap that we made across the collar, on the blind fastener and on the cuffs. We bought these at Bol.com, see link.
And order link at the bottom of this blog. Last but not least: we bought the beautiful red buttons at Baudekin Studio.
How to sew ?
If you follow the steps of the instructions you will easily get out of this sewing pattern. There are no pitfalls. The only thing we have been playing around with is the bottom hem. We recommend seaming the bottom, putting it back into the fold, pressing well and only then sewing. You have to press, press and press the folds again.
For the rest, this sewing pattern is perfect, especially if you adjust the cup size to your own cup size. The blouse is nicely fitted. Because you are working with non-stretch fabrics, it is wise to fit the blouse in between. The waist should fit nicely but should not be breathtaking tight...
Vogue V1659 is a very nice sewing pattern for a chic blouse that you can wear on many occasions. It is an absolute must for someone who loves couture. Timeless, chic, beautiful and the blouse is also great.
And a nice concept to turn into a theme. In our case:
Vogue V1659 goes Holland!