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I love this pattern! It is difficult for me to find blouse patterns that I like and that will work for me (proportionate top and waist, larger on the bottom!). I have been turning to the peplum idea recently and this looks like it would be fun. :) Also like the longer sleeve length. The fabric you chose is great! Now all that was missing from this otherwise-lovely post was a picture of you with your hair and red shoes! :) Hoping to see one?!

PS. I always enjoy your posts. Keep up the fine work!

Kristen Stoltzfus Clay

Glad you like it! I'm looking forward to making the pattern again and trying to get a better fit.

I'll have to see if I can get a photo taken soon in costume!


I love this! You did such a great job. It is amazing all the details that go into some of these 30s patterns. Did you have any problems following the pattern? I'm amazed too that you didn't need to make a muslin first. It turned out so beautiful and I really love the sash effect. Congratulations on a great blouse!

Kristen Stoltzfus Clay

Thanks, Joanna! I have to admit it would have been a failure if the sash hadn't come to the rescue. No, I didn't have any difficulties with the pattern - I loved the way they had me do the sleeves - but then it was not my first unprinted pattern. I actually enjoy working with the perforated patterns more in some respects, especially for marking darts and things. And I should have done a muslin first for this project! I tend to be un-particular enough about details that if I want to make a "muslin" before the final product in a more expensive fabric, I just make the garment first out of a cheap (thrifted) fabric so that I can experiment and still usually wear it in the end. Usually if it doesn't quite fit I'll just take it in on the sides or something and wear a belt to cover up the mismatched seams! :-) But I am finding I enjoy the little details more now, like finishing seams, and tend to be more precise, so muslins may not be far into my future!


Too bad it doesn't fit, it's just gorgeous!!! :)

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