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The Following review taken from:
"The Creative Machine"
Vol. X No. 4 Fall 2000

Classic Blouse
Reviewed by Rosebud Badour-Jacobs
Ada, Michigan

We see fitted and darted blouses everywhere now in ready-to-wear, but they must fit well to be comfortable. This classic blouse allows a custom fit with options for B, C, and D cups on individual front pattern pieces. I wear and sew a size 10 and was so pleased with the fit of this pattern that I have already planned to make this blouse in several fabrics. Silhouette Patterns offers a simple, but different front finish, with the facing forming the placket on the blouse front. I used press snaps instead of the traditional buttons and buttonholes. The effect was worth it.

The pattern cover presents a shadow background behind the model, which takes away from the true beauty of the blouse. Because the cover blouse is white, it is difficult to see the distinctive angled pockets on the front. The back cover gives clear line drawings of the actual blouse, with a sizing chart for sizes 4-18 and 14w-28w. The yardage chart lumps all sizes into only two categories, so I suggest that you first trace or cut your tissue size and lay this on fabric to calculate actual yardage needed. All notions are listed on the back cover, along with fabric suggestions.

The cover makes the claim that this pattern is uncomplicated, organized, and suited for all sewing levels--and I agree wholeheartedly. Peggy Sagers offers valuable fitting tips and adjustments, especially for correctly positioning your bust point. The 3/8" seam allowances makes for faster sewing. All of the sewing illustrations and directions are accurate and foolproof. I did notice several small omissions: no mention of how much hem turn up to use at sleeves and lower edge of blouse and no waistline marking. I also suggest the use of interfacing on the long-sleeved version's buttonhole position. The layout illustrations show cutting only one collar on the fold, but you will need to cut two collars, as stated on the tissue pattern. Finished garment measurements would be helpful to assess the planned fit, so I flat-measured the pattern before cutting out. I did not find any of these to be a problem.

What I did find was that the back neck needed to be lowered for me and that the sleeve was too narrow across the cap. A simple slash-and-tuck on the tissue pattern up to the shoulder point took care of that problem. For the back neck, I pinched out 5/8" approximately 3" below the neckline and tapered it to nothing towards the shoulders.

I opted not to put the large slanted pockets on either blouse front, which would cause unneeded attention there. Sewing the optional front and back waist darts makes this blouse easier to tuck into a skirt or jeans.

This is one pattern that I will use over and over in many ways, as it becomes a staple in my wardrobe.


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