Kennis at Itch to Stitch* just released 4 new patterns today! I am excited to say that I tested two of them. This is my first time testing a sewing pattern, and I have to say that it was really fun! It is not as much of a time commitment as testing a knitting pattern, and in addition to getting some cute new patterns, I am also just happy to help out Kennis, who seems like a really great person and a hard worker. Ok, so on to the garments!
This post is just about the Zamora Blouse. I also tested the Hepburn Turtleneck, which is coming up very shortly on the blog..
This is a classic bow-blouse with a V-neckline that I prefer to the high tied necklines you often see. It required some patience because there are 8 pin tucks and 8 darts. However, this version only took me 4 hours to make, including cutting, since I did make a muslin and knew how things work. The only changes I made from the muslin were to lengthen the whole thing 1 inch and leave off two of the front fish-eye darts for a looser fit.
I am happy with how this turned out. I wasn't sure how I'd feel about the style, but I like it! It would also look great with a skirt.
Here it is tucked in. The fabric is from JoAnn Fabrics, but I can't find it on the site. It's one of their "silky" fabrics. I like how it is semi-sheer, and the drape is great for the bow. It didn't press very well, though.
Definitely a successful blouse. I can also see this with the bow left off, with a narrow band around the neckline. You can't see with the bow, but this is actually a button-front blouse.
And just for fun, here is my multi-print muslin: :-)
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