This is project 7 of 14 from Vogue's New Book for Better Sewing! Can you believe I'm halfway through? I just adore this little blouse, and it was fun and easy to make.
Here's a shot of the back, of which I'm extremely proud. I made bound buttonholes and made fabric-covered buttons with the help of a Dritz kit.
And here I am modeling it with the bolero, a la the photograph in VoNBBS
Here's what VoNBBS had to say about this project:
The short-sleeve blouse that has a soft neckline interest is a wonderful suit blouse . . . you can also wear it with any skirt in your wardrobe. We made it in wool jersey (which will teach you how to handle knitted fabric). You can make it in practically any fabric you wish . . . make it in black velveteen or pastel slipper satin for evening . . . make it in linen, pique, or chambray for warm weather in chalk-white, black, or a bright, vibrant colour. For cool weather you can also make the blouse in sheer wool or challis. The blouse buttons all the way down the back (it also has a Peter Pan collar version). It should take a beginner about 9 hours to make.
Well, this definitely didn't take me 9 hours, so perhaps I really am improving! After I figured out the bound buttonholes, I was able to whip this up in an afternoon. I will definitely be making this pattern again - actually I already have another one cut out. It will be teal wool/angora jersey, with the Peter Pan collar. This is basically my dream blouse for work, so I'll probably be whipping up a bunch of these suckers. And the pattern I bought actually fit me perfectly, no alterations required! I love it when things work out so easily!
The next VoNBBS project up is the little girl's party dress, which I imagine will be simple and a lot of fun to make. But then the projects start getting . . . involved. Let's just say that the second half of VoNBBS will separate the women from the girls. The subsequent project, the full-skirted dress, is estimated to take 30 hours! Well, when the going gets tough, the tough get . . . sewing?