Usually a sewing pattern for a garment is the starting point for a seamstress. Fabric recommendations are always indicated. But sometimes you spot a fabric in a store or on a website and you háve to have it. Only later do you think, "What shall I make of the beautiful fabric?" For example, we bought the cotton print 'Paradise birds on black' available at Budgetstoffen. Vogue V1659 and the beautiful fabric will transformed in: Summer chic blouse!
Vogue V1659 is a sewing pattern for a chic blouse by designer Claire Shaeffer. This sewing pattern is: Custom Couture Collection. We all know Claire Shaeffer from her Chanel couture books. This means that there are 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 much nicer and the blouse will look tailor-made.
Claire Shaeffer also gives many couture tips, as usual in her sewing patterns. It's a pleasure to follow them and learn something extra!
The sewing pattern is easier than it looks at first sight. This is mainly due to the flawless photo of Vogue V1659. The blouse is made in white fabric, the pleats are beautifully pressed and the blouse looks like pure Haute couture.
However, there are no difficult sewing technique required for this job. The concealed 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.
What do you need?
Vogue indicates that the blouse can be made of taffeta, charmeuse and cotton. It is best to choose a fabric that does NOT drape smoothly. If the fabric falls smoothly, the effect of the pleats will disappear and the pleats will slump around you. So you have to choose a poplin cotton. Linen is also not a good idea: it wrinkles too much. We have opted for a cotton print 'Paradise birds on black' at Budgetstoffen. This fabric is perfect for this sewing pattern!
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've been fiddling with for a while is the bottom hem. We recommend that you hem the bottom edge, put it back in the pleat, press well and then sew. You have to press, press and press the pleats again.
This sewing pattern is perfect, especially if you adjust the cup size to your own cup size. The blouse is nicely fitted. Because you work with non-stretch fabrics, it is wise to try on the blouse in between. The waist should fit nicely but also not be too tight...
The cotton print 'Paradise birds on black' available at Budgetstoffen is a very beautiful fabric and very suitable for the Vogue V1659 sewing pattern. The result is a chic blouse that you will be able to wear on many occasions. It is an absolute must for someone who loves couture. Timeless, chic, beautiful and the blouse also fits perfectly.