Sewing this blouse (McCall’s 6991) was an uphill battle that has been dragging on for months. I began a little distracted, and quickly realized that I needed all my attention on my project when I
immediately finished the wrong side of the self-faced edge. Ugh. I wasn’t going to pick out my beautiful baby hem, it would have just shredded the fabric anyway, so I just refolded it. But I had already sewn it to the yoke. Had to unpick that. Then it didn’t lay as well at the join. So I set it aside in a huff.
Then last week I ordered gray serger thread from Wawak (seriously, SUPER fast shipping and GREAT prices, I heart Wawak!) and as I was waiting for my 10 year old to find time in her schedule to sew doll dresses with me, I looked around for gray projects to work on. Turns out, I have a lot of gray projects since I love gray! I picked this little blouse up and thought, well, it is nearly done! I should just finish it up. God I’m dumb sometimes.
I did go read PR reviews and realized I needed to take it in both widthwise and the back hem was too low. Those were successful alterations. I also read that the sleeves were too wide. But how about button tabs, like Erica did? Yes, I love button tabs! It was the only thing that went well in this project. I adore my button tabs.
Nearly the final step is to sew up the sides, so I wasn’t totally certain how it was going to hang until it was finished. And viola, I do not like it! My fabric has just a hint too much body and that neckline is so tight and high. It looks like a tent, but how much worse would it have been if I hadn’t read the excellent reviews on Pattern Review and made pre-alterations? I shudder to think.
My question is, do I make it again in a better suited fabric? In a smaller size? Or is this drape top trend over anyway and I should move on? It is almost summer anyway and it is time to make 100 summer dresses and sleeveless things!