Monday, June 7, 2010

again with the simplicity 3835

Simplicity 3835, View C

I know you guys might be sick of this pattern, but I'm not yet. I took some of the IKEA fabric I bought the other day and made the peasant blouse from it (see, I really did need it). I'm not totally pleased. It fits OK, but there is no wow factor for me. Maybe I cinched up the neck too tight. For sure it needs more width through the body so that it looks more blousy and less tailored. It is too fitted for the ideal peasant blouse. Perhaps needs to be a little longer as well. It's a lot to ask this pattern to do, so I'm not mad at the pattern.

I am pleased with the sleeve length. I opted against the super short sleeves. I'm not sure if I am past the age that I can get away with those? Aah, who cares, I may still try those too on my next one. With this longer sleeve length there was zero extra room for elastic in the opening, so I can't imagine there would be much extra in the shorter one. Way too fitted. I may add some width to the sleeve so I can elasticize the sleeve opening. I may also just cut the next size up just so it is more roomy overall.


I think it looks better with a little tie or belt around the waist. Have y'all sewn a peasant blouse pattern you were really happy with? If so, what was it?

10 comments:

  1. I don't think it's too bunched at the neck but maybe if you cut the neck down/scooped the neck out it would round more and dip lower but keep the amount of bunching. I like the tailoring of it too...when you put the ribbon around it, it looked amazing!

    Heather @ www.shabbychicthriftyunique.blogspot.com

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  2. hey, Heather,
    Yeah, good idea. I'm definitely sewing it again, I need some summer tops so badly and this is such an easy one.

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  3. and I also LOVE the sleeve length...on anyone. They say 3/4 sleeves are the best because they highlight the smallest part of your arm so it's a very flattering sleeve length.

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  4. I'm so glad that you're posting so many reviews of the various versions of this pattern. I made the dress and was thinking about tackling the blouse this week, your tips about it being too fitted are very helpful. I may make up a muslin today to see how I could alter it to fit me best before I cut into the good material.

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  5. I LOVE it with the belt! I have not found a great peasant blouse for myself, but I'm looking forward to trying the mother/daughter blouse (kinda, sorta "peasanty") in Meg McElway's new book, Sew Liberated. Might want to check out that book.

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  6. First, I love IKEA fabrics too! I rarely leave IKEA without at least a yard or two in tow. :)

    Second, I love this pattern! I especially like the belted look, it dresses it up a bit. Thanks for the notes on the fitting!

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  7. I really like your top, espcially with the ribbon.. I've made several with the same pattern and I use the shorter sleeves with no elastic.

    I've also used simplicity 4177 which is a bit roomier and has a bigger neck line with draw string. It also has wider sleeves for a bit more flow. You can see it here:
    http://tinyurl.com/2g44j2l

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  8. wow looks a lot better on than i expected. i like the way you paired it with white pants and a black belt.

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  9. This blouse looks really cute on you. I have made this top twice with the longer sleeve. I think the longer sleeve makes it dressy. Maybe not, but I like it. I have made this a size up and like it better too. I was trying to spice it up with some kind of embellishment, but couldn't finish the thought. The belt is a really cute idea.

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  10. Cute top. I think the belt is a wonderful finish, really nice.

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