Fashion fabric: a "suede says" cotton /nylon lace (that I think is too thick for this pattern) and bemberg black for lining. Basted lining to fashion fabric. Sewed in french seams, Hong Kong Seams, and did a bias tape hem under stitching. (I did this because I forgot to add length to the hem.....darn). Oh, I should mention the photos are subpar, but I will work on better photos for future projects. Check out the blouse:
|Colors are a little off|
|Colors are correct but photo is weird|
Things I really like about this pattern: the scoop neckline, the bell shape sleeves with elastic, and elastic in the waist. I love the button and knotted loop for button hole; which I used black silk thread. This pattern is super easy to sew up, and I tried to focus on fit. I created a muslin and did my typical changes: FBA, lengthened torso 1" (I was suppose to add an 1" to the hem, but forgot to adjust my pattern before cutting out the fashion fabric. oh well) upper arm adjustment. I did add a little bit to the hips.
|Bemberg lining with Hong Kong seam in back|
Also, as mentioned before I forgot to add more length to the hem, and the bottom came up short. So I came up with a creative way to make a narrow hem.....cause seriously the lace fabric with lining was too thick for a tradition narrow hem. Using 1/2" pre-folded bias tape I sewed right sides together and stitched 1/4". Then I under stitched the bias tape to fashion fabric. Next I folded bias tape and stitched again. Done! Look how pretty the hem looks inside and out:
|check out that pretty neat hem|
Check out the button & button hole loop in the back: