Following on from the jedi jacket, I thought I’d stick with Simplicity 3631 a little while longer and make a blouse using the bodice from the dress and the poofy, cuffed sleeves from the long jacket. On closer inspection, however, I realised that the jacket and coat both have raglan sleeves, which wouldn’t work to just attach to the bodice (which needs a cap sleeve). So rather than go through some extensive redrafting session, I just used a cap sleeve pattern piece from elsewhere, widened the hem, and created my own cuff to button closed at the wrist.
But even this was far from straightforward. After a quick muslin I realised I’d need to lengthen the bodice by about three inches and enlarge the armscye by a bit, too (both of which are as you’d expect for changing from a sleeveless shell to a blouse, though!). I also had to create neckline facings, which I just traced off the regular pattern pieces.
And ohhhhhh! The silk charmeuse I used is just gorgeous. It’s beautiful to touch, it’s beautiful to watch (almost hypnotic in its movement), and after I switched to a fresh Sharp needle, also lovely to sew. The Face in the Crowd print is most prominent on the matte side of the fabric, so I made that outward facing, keeping the shiny side to glide against the skin. Mmmmm.
You may think the neckline could do with some jazzing up, and I did think about attaching some black sequinned flowers I got from Johnny Loves Rosie’s sample sale, but my main aim for this blouse in my FW/07 Collection is to layer under the Go Patterns Little Black Dress, and anything too prominent just wouldn’t look right under another layer.