From the Archives: White Boat Neck Blouse


Now that the weather is getting warmer, I have been taking out some of my first garments that I made last year.  One that was super easy to put together is this Simplicity 1364 Vintage Jiffy Pattern.  I remember loving that it was a vintage pattern and how the packaging advertises that the top is made with just 3 pattern pieces.  How easy is that?  The stye of this top works with today's trends: white, vintage, and embroidered fabric (see below). 
When making this top, I learned how to apply facing to the neck and armholes.  I made sure that I took my time putting on the facing.  I cut size 14 out in View C.  These days I don't cut that big of a size, however in this case the sizing happened to work out well.  The length of the top is perfect and I have plenty of room in the arm holes to move (but not showing my bra).  I may be able to get away with cutting out size 12 if I make this blouse again.  Last year I bought a pretty Gertie swiss dot fabric that I think would be cute.

As for the fabric I used for this top, I found it a Joann's in the eyelet section.  To me, it doesn't really look like an eyelet but instead has as beautiful embroidered hibiscus floral pattern.  Since I'm still learning about photography, I couldn't capture the fabric is the light I was shooting in so here is a close up to get a better idea of the print (newbie photographer problems - ugh!).

I remember liking this pattern and looking forward to wearing it the following summer.  And yes I am!  This is a great pattern for beginners sewing with woven fabric, inserting neck and armhole facing as well as inserting a zipper.  By the way, I LOVE that the top has a long zipper in the back! Don't you dare leave that out! 

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