I’m back with another project from She Wears the Pants, this time the Velour Blouse, No 5. Now, let me get something off my chest right away: this blouse is a total FAIL. I’ve seen too many sewists blame themselves for failed projects when there was clearly something wrong with the pattern, but this time it was really all my fault. I didn’t make a muslin (the horror!), I used a woven when the pattern is specifically designed for knits, I used a lining that was too stiff, and I chose a design feature (cap sleeves) that never, ever works for me. WHY did I do this, you ask? It was a little sewing experiment, throwing caution to the wind and ignoring the little voice inside my head. Lesson learned – that voice is there for a reason. 🙂
With that said, I actually enjoyed sewing this blouse, and I continue to be impressed with the professional finishing techniques in this pattern book. I already have plans to fix this top and may even make a knit version. The pattern is good; I was just a little reckless with my choices on this project!