|Reviewed by:||Ann Smith|
|Posted on:||2/28/03 3:41 PM|
|Last Updated:||3/1/03 5:01 AM|
|Pattern Rating:||Difficult, but ended up with good results|
|Pattern Description: This is a blouse pattern with 2 variations. View A opens down the front and view B folds at the front. I made view B. It is not clear from the photo on the pattern that view B doesn't open in front, but the description on the back states that it pulls on over the head. It folds over to create a deep tuck down the front.|
Pattern Sizing: The size range is 8 to 18 with 3 sizes in each pattern. I used sz 8 at the shoulders and neck and 12 at the sides which usually works for me.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes except that my fabric is drapier and doesn't hold a sharp pressed fold. I worried about this at first because it didn't fall just like the pattern photo, but after wearing it and getting dozens of compliments I realize that the soft folding is quite nice.
Were the instructions easy to follow? Issey Miyake designs always incorporate unusual construction techniques. This blouse is no exception, however the result is a more wearable and conventional looking garment than many of Miyake's designs. The neckline/collar is very different and took some puzzling to get it figured out. The peplum, which wraps around the back and is set into the front with right angle corners with pivots, could be tricky for a sewer inexperienced with that type of corner. The pattern instructions are very good and complete except for the final buttonhole placement. The buttonhole at the neckline needs to be through both layers of fabric (the front and folded over facing behind). I had to unpick a buttonhole (fortunately I caught this before I cut it) because I didn't realize that the neckline buttonhole is the only thing that holds the facing in place. Close up showing button at neckline.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I always enjoy creating Miyake patterns as they are like a puzzle. You never know quite what will happen as the pattern pieces are unfamiliar shapes and there are often folds in odd places. I love this pattern.
Fabric Used: I think it is rayon brocade with lycra in it as there is a little stretch. I bought it at a discount store for $10.50. I love making a fabulous garment for so little!
Pattern Alterations or any design changes you made: No changes except to shorten the sleeves as I always do. I didn't need to do a full bust alteration which I often do because there is a lot of ease in the upper part of the bodice. The only fitting issue was around the hips. That can be controlled somewhat by taken a shallower fold at the front.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? I would make this again and highly recommend it.
Conclusion I have worn this to three events since I finished it 4 days ago and have received more compliments on it than any other garment I have ever made. Something about the soft draping front looks wonderful on.